We Are America Teacher Fellowship Program Cohort 4 Application (2022-2023 ) – United States
Teaching the We Are America Project in your classroom:
Are you an 8th-12th grade English, history, civics, or humanities teacher?
Will you join us in creating a new student-led dialogue around identity?
The We Are America Project is working with teachers and young people across the country to define what it means to be American — and to spark a new national conversation about American identity today led by the next generation.
We have an ambitious plan, and we can’t do it without you! Will you commit to teaching this project in your classroom and with your students in the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.
What does this project entail?
Over the course of the semester (or year), participating teachers will work with students to explore, develop and write a true story of self that helps all of us have a richer, deeper understanding of what it means to be American. We leave it to you to determine when in the year it would be best to run the project and how many class periods you will need. Your students will brainstorm, write, and edit their stories, which will be collected in a published anthology that you and your students can share with your school, families, and communities. Students will also record their stories , which will be added to our national website together with their photos. While this project may seem a bit daunting, we are here to support you. Over the course of the project, we will be providing a range of support to ensure that the We Are America Project is a success. Specifically, we will provide:
- A curriculum of lessons to help guide students to first explore their identity and learn how their history fits within the larger narrative of U.S. history and then a series of lessons to help students develop, brainstorm, write and edit their stories, and a curriculum map for you to help plan how to lay out and integrate this project into your larger curriculum.
- Regular email check-ins with our founder team to advice, brainstorm, and troubleshoot.
- Monthly ZOOM professional development meetings to review components of the project, meet with your cohort of teachers from across the country, and learn from our national education partners for personalized PD.
- 100 copies of your finished book for you to share with your students and community.
In exchange we ask that you:
- Engage and collaborate with us! That you bring your energy, ideas, and passions to this work!
- Commit to attending our once a month 1 hour zoom webinars as they are important for explaining the project, supporting your work on the project, and building a strong teacher community.
We recognize that writing a published book of student stories and truths is hard work. This project will take dedicated time, but we have seen how powerful and transformative the process and final project has been for many teachers and students across the country and we hope you will be excited to join us in this journey!
Because we know that teaching a new project takes time and planning, we have raised money to provide each teacher with a stipend of $500 to honor your commitment to the project. The stipend will be paid at the completion of the project. We have also raised money to pay for the cost of laying out and publishing the book you will create with your class. With this funding, you and your class will get 100 copies of your completed book for you to share with your students and their families, your school and your community.
How To Apply for We Are America Teacher Fellowship Program Cohort 4 Application (2022-2023 )
We hope you are excited about the project and the possibility of working with us to start this necessary national conversation led by young people.
Thank you so much for considering being a part of this national project and we hope you apply!