Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Virginia 
  • Possess knowledge/understanding of the Virginia Standards of Learning
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the use of primary resources in the classroom
  • Be willing to create diverse and inclusive content for a Virginia K-12 classroom
  • We especially encourage educators who relish collaboration

Pictured: Arlington teachers participating in the March 2014 content academy. – Photo by Pat Jarrett

Fellowship Deliverables and Expectations

By the end of the fellowship, fellows will have developed two lesson plans with classroom activities. As part of the lesson plan, educators will be able to choose one of the following learning experience deliverables to be attached with the plan (or, in consultation with the Virginia Humanities team, can suggest another option as well): an audio file/podcast segment, a virtual tour, a video, story maps, a webpage/online exhibition, a zine or bookmaking project, or other original, creative project a K-12 classroom can engage with. 

Educators, in collaboration with one another and Virginia Humanities staff, will also help to plan a professional development teacher workshop (may be either virtually or in-person). The Fellows are not required within this fellowship to run the professional development workshop, however there may be further opportunities and additional stipends available to implement and take part in the workshop in 2023. The work educators produce and the process of developing this work will be key to this professional development session. 

Additional funding could be available (up to $500 reimbursement) for educators interested in presenting some aspect of this fellowship work at a conference. 

During the nine-month contract, fellows will participate in orientation sessions in the first month (March 2022) and seven monthly virtual meetings throughout the contract. They will be expected to attend the orientation sessions and at least six of the virtual meetings, with the opportunity to participate in optional meetings and brainstorming sessions. Fellows will share their progress amongst their cohort during virtual meetings and are encouraged to interact with the other members of their cohort throughout the fellowship. Halfway through the contract (July 2022), fellows and Virginia Humanities staff will additionally meet to check-in and review progress thus far in the process.

This work is fully virtual, however there may be additional, optional opportunities in-person.