oral history education

VOW Intergenerational Storytelling Project: Seniors and Students Build Relationships Through Narrative Art

July 1st, 2020|Categories: Arts, Consultancy, Cultural and Personal Identity|Tags: , , , , |

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, Voice of Witness (VOW) engaged in a consultancy and collaboration with Sequoia Living, a local nonprofit organization that provides housing and services to impacted seniors in San Francisco, and Ida B. Wells High School. VOW supported an intergenerational storytelling project that focused on relationship building between [...]

Voice of Witness Summer Oral History Activity Packet for Students

June 30th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education|Tags: , |

Welcome to all students, parents, and educators! We hope you are enjoying your summer in any way you can, especially after the end of a strange school year. The Voice of Witness education team put together this oral history toolkit as a small project that can help you stretch your art and communication [...]

100cameras x Voice of Witness: A New Visual and Narrative Storytelling Program for Students

June 29th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Consultancy, Education|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: @wiiild.elle Apply now for the new program to support your students in telling their stories through photography and personal narrative. The 100cameras x Voice of Witness program collaboration is designed to work partnership with local schools, community centers, children’s homes, or enrichment programs to equip students with the tools they need [...]

San Francisco Students Share Stories of Life During the Pandemic

June 15th, 2020|Categories: Amplifying Unheard Voices of the Pandemic, Education|Tags: , , , , , |

Through an ongoing partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Voice of Witness has been supporting teacher-librarians and classroom teachers at middle and high schools across the city. As a response to school closures due to COVID-19, VOW is working with teacher-librarians to collect oral history interviews with students and their families and [...]

A List of COVID-19 Community Resources from the VOW Team

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Education|Tags: , , , , |

We all need as much hope and inspiration as we can get right now. At Voice of Witness, our narrator communities—educators, students, and activists from and/or supporting those impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems, including individuals facing displacement, financial uncertainty, and more—have been hit particularly hard. We are here for you during this [...]

Oral History in the Classroom Q&A: Creating a Community Cookbook

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Voice of Witness has an ongoing consultancy with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), providing professional development to middle and high school teachers and librarians. VOW’s trainings offer oral history and personal narrative workshops centered around increasing student visibility and voice, as well as connecting oral history projects to district standards for writing and [...]

Introducing VOW’s New Curriculum Specialist for a Project on Voices From Indigenous North America

February 26th, 2020|Categories: Education, Indigenous Rights, Racial Inequality, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Voice of Witness is excited to introduce our new Curriculum Specialist, Suzanne Methot, for our oral history book project, How We Go Home: Voices From Indigenous North America. How We Go Home is a forthcoming collection of first-person Indigenous stories of the contemporary, ongoing effects of displacement and settler colonialism. Each book in the VOW oral history book series includes Common Core-aligned [...]

Humanizing Oral Histories: Student Podcasts on Identity, Learning, and Resistance

January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Consultancy, Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Through a consultancy with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Teacher-Librarians Department, the VOW Education Program has been working with several middle and high schools around the city to develop oral history projects for their classrooms. At the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, VOW collaborated with teacher Bruna Lee to create a podcast [...]

“Are You Colombian? Sorry.” Danny’s Story in Throwing Stones at the Moon

September 9th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Colombia, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we’re resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. For [...]

“Happiness.” Student Stories from Impact Academy

September 6th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows|Tags: , , , , , |

By Stephanie He | Based on an interview conducted with Caroline Le Stephanie He is a student at Impact Academy of Art and Technology in Hayward, CA. This story was written as part of a classroom project led by our Germanacos Fellow, Maria Bucon-Scales. After reading oral histories and The Things They Carried, Maria's students interviewed a [...]