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Published November 15, 2021

Today, Virginia Humanities announced a new fellowship opportunity for K-12 educators focused on telling the stories of historically excluded populations and peoples.

The K-12 Educator Fellowship is scheduled to begin in March 2022 and will feature a cohort of six educators who will spend nine months creating learning experiences and lesson plans designed around the current Virginia Standards of Learning.

“This is an amazing opportunity for anyone committed to teaching the humanities,” said Emma Ito, Virginia Humanities’ director of education. “And this isn’t just for classroom teachers. Media specialists, librarians, curriculum specialists, after-school specialists, and home-school teachers, are all encouraged to apply.”

To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of Virginia and possess knowledge and understanding of the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Accepted fellows will be given a stipend of $4,000, a 360-degree camera to aid in the creation of virtual learning experiences and will have the opportunity to collaborate with experts in their field of study.

At the end of the fellowship, the goal is for the participants to walk away equipped with deeper knowledge of both national and Virginia history, as well as a more profound understanding of how to bring the humanities into the classroom. The lesson plans and learning experiences they create will be shared for free with educators across the state.

“The work the fellows produce will hopefully help teachers everywhere feel more knowledgeable and more comfortable when teaching about historically excluded populations and peoples,” says Ito. “Throughout this process, fellows will reflect extensively on how to create truly inclusive classroom and virtual experiences.”

Applications are open now through Jan. 7, 2022. Apply online at VirginiaHumanities.org/k12-fellows/.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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