Educator Fellowship

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In 2022, the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP), in partnership with California Revealed (CA-R), created an Educator Fellowship program. This is a special opportunity for California's K-12 educators to research and create curricular materials in history and the social sciences using CA-R’s digital collections, of which sound and moving images are especially vast. *The 2023/2024 Educator Fellowship Application is now open!

Meet our 2022-2023 Educator Fellows

Irene Sanchez

Irene Sanchez, Ph.D.

Irene is an Ethnic Studies/Latino Studies teacher at all three high schools in the Azusa Unified School District. She is also an instructor for the Ethnic Studies Education Program at UC Riverside extension. She is excited to be an Educator Fellow because she enjoys digging in archives to create community, local, and place based Ethnic Studies curriculum so that students can draw connections between historical and present day issues our communities face.


Virginia Nguyen

Virginia Nguyen

Virginia is a Portola High School history teacher, an Equity, Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion (EEDI) district mentor, and cofounder of Educate to Empower. She is committed to fostering school communities that center student voice,  belonging, and empowerment. In addition to being a teacher and district leader, Virginia facilitates workshops, publishes articles, and speaks at events advocating for equity and justice in education. She serves on the Teaching for Justice Conference: Bridging Communities for AAPI Belonging and Well-Being. Virginia feels highly honored to be a California Revealed Fellow. She is excited to create document sets and lesson plans about the Vietnamese American experience from the voices and points of view of Vietnamese Americans. The opportunity to collaborate and learn from the California Revealed, California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) and Fellow Dr. Irene Sanchez is a chance of a lifetime. Virginia is also a mom, wife, and proud daughter of Vietnamese refugees. These identities continue to shape her dreams and aspirations. As a teacher of nearly 20 years, she believes educators have the power to change the world.

2023-2024 Application 

CA-R will support two Educator Fellowships for service between February 1, 2024 through June 28, 2024. The fellowships carry a stipend of $3,000 for approximately 60-80 hours of research and curriculum development. In addition, travel support will be provided by CHSSP following the completion of the curriculum to disseminate newly developed classroom materials. CA-R will provide archival research support, and CHSSP will provide content and pedagogical mentorship.

Applications are especially welcome from K-12 classroom teachers and school librarians who specialize in history, ethnic studies, and social sciences. Within the application, prospective Educator Fellows must describe a research plan that identifies a content area for further study using CA-R's online collections. Some examples include the Latinx experience during the Great Depression, California’s farm laborers, and place-based community culture or traditions. The applicant will propose a curriculum development plan that integrates the primary sources and findings of the research project within a K-12 classroom by creating  primary source sets, lessons, and other instructional materials. Applicants are encouraged to browse the CA-R online collections to determine whether the research plan will be feasible.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Teach California or U.S. History in a California elementary, middle, or high school.
  • Commit approximately 60-80 hours to working with California Revealed and the CHSSP to develop, implement, and promote educational resources, including two document sets, between February 1, 2024 and June 28, 2024.
  • These hours will include collaborative online meetings with CHSSP and California Revealed. Hours will vary and work can be completed remotely.
  • Support dissemination efforts beyond the project period, such as piloting instructional materials and presenting at conferences and other professional learning opportunities.

Please apply using the 2023/2024 Educator Fellowship Application Form.

Application Components

  • Contact information
  • School district, school and grade level
  • Subject(s) taught or area of specialty
  • Teaching experience
  • Current resume
  • Sample lesson plan or activity
  • Letter of recommendation
  • One reference
  • Social media handles, if applicable
  • Description of experience researching and using primary sources in instruction
  • Idea for engaging students with CA-R's archival materials outside of the classroom
  • Identify an area of curricular need, and ideas for developing primary source lesson materials that address that need
  • List of CA-R collections, themes, or specific items that you are interested in exploring
  • Benchmarks and timeline for proposed project - please use our timeline template
  • Examples of promising instructional applications of social media for the classroom
  • Explanation of interest in this fellowship for professional growth
  • Commitment of availability


We recommend exploring CA-R's website, their partner collections, and themes. After completing research projects using CA-R’s online collections, fellows will produce two or more document sets with supporting instructional guidance and materials for classroom implementation. Each set should include 5-7 primary and secondary sources directly related to the area of study and the following:

  • An introduction and overview of the topic and its significance (1-2 pages)
  • A list of applicable content standards and curriculum frameworks (History-Social Science, English Language Arts, English Language Development) and the Common Core State Standards. 
  • A list of possible inquiry questions that would give purpose to the documents for classroom instruction.
  • An annotated bibliography with proper citations, as well as:
    • An image and descriptions of each source for ADA compliance;
    • Rationale for the inclusion of each source -- of its historical significance or educational value;
    • Transcriptions of sources and/or excerpts, including handwritten notes and typed text;
    • 2-3 suggestions for classroom instruction, such as literacy strategies, historical investigations, civic action projects, and community engagement activities; and   
    • Related urls for further exploration and study.
  • Short videos for classroom use and/or social media post(s)

All written work must be submitted by June 28, 2024, followed by dissemination during Summer/Fall 2024. Fellows will work with CA-R and CHSSP to make their materials available to the public through online publication at partner websites. Fellows will also participate in a recorded panel or online presentation reflecting upon their fellowship experience.  

Funding Details

Each selected 2023-2024 Educator Fellow will receive:

  • A $3,000 stipend
  • Travel support
  • Mentorship by California Revealed and the California History-Social Science Project. 
  • Public acknowledgement via social media, organizational websites, and grant announcements. 

The fellowship process is competitive. Acceptance will be determined on the strength of the: 1) overall project design; 2) research plan for using CA-R collections; 3) the creativity and rigor of classroom applications of curated research; 4) usability and utility of instructional materials proposed; 5) recommendations; and 6) sample classroom materials.


Applications due: Friday, January 5, 2024 (deadline extended)

Acceptance letters: Thursday, January 26, 2024

Introductory meeting: First week of February 2024

Fellowship begins: February 1, 2024


Contact Pamela Vadakan, Director, California Revealed
(916) 603-6719/