Oral History in Education

The Voice of Witness education program addresses the need for inclusive and culturally relevant learning opportunities through oral history. Our resources and hands-on support nurture empathy and develop vital communication, critical thinking, and social-emotional learning skills. We have extensive experience working with educators and schools around the country to create curricula that increase student engagement and learning.

We are constantly inspired by the amazing oral history activities and projects created by the students and teachers we work with. Below are a few examples from our partnerships.

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VOW in Action

Stagg High School – Oral History Class
Oral History Class at Stagg High School
The “VOW class” is an elective course offered at Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois. Students develop vital skills through oral history activities.
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Student Storyelling During the Pandemic
VOW partnered with The Puente Project to help college students produce a digital oral history book capturing their experiences during the pandemic.
students creating podcast
Student Podcasts in Ethnic Studies Class
VOW collaborated with a teacher to create a podcast project for her Ethnic Studies course. Students interviewed elders and explored themes including identity, culture, family, resistance, and more.
Supporting the NYC School District
VOW facilitated professional development workshops for teachers and created lesson plans centering AAPI and Latinx oral histories for the department of education.

Spotlight: Oral History Cookbook Projects

An oral history cookbook is an accessible way to build student learning and highlight stories from families and communities. It incorporates literacy, interview skills, and culturally relevant content. Students can connect their own knowledge with their academic journey and find more opportunities for visibility and voice. Check out two examples below and download our oral history cookbook guide.

More Collaborations

Multilingual Learners and Intergenerational Storytelling
VOW supported ELL students and senior citizens on an intergenerational storytelling project, using oral history activities to build relationships and foster communication across the age gap.
Oakland Tech Voices from the Storm play
Student Play: Voices from the Storm
Students at Oakland Tech High School adapted VOW’s oral history book Voices from the Storm, amplifying personal stories of Hurricane Katrina survivors, into a play.
100cameras student taking a photo
Building Empathy through Photography and Storytelling
VOW and 100cameras developed a photography and storytelling program to empower youth with opportunities to process their stories, build empathy, and create change.
Immigration Stories Video Project With 5th Graders
VOW supported an elementary school in learning about immigration stories through a video-based oral history project.

Impacts of Oral History Education

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