Our Teaching Grant application has officially closed.

We would like to congratulate the recipients: Civic Center Secondary School, Silver Creek High School, Golden Eagle Charter School, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Lowell High School, East Bay Innovation Academy, KIPP King Collegiate High School, Thomas Russell Middle School, and Lodestar : A Lighthouse Community Public School.

Facing History and Ourselves Teaching Grant, Northern California

Apply for professional development and teaching resources valued at more than $10,000!

Map of California highlighting Northern California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.

This grant is for teams* of educators from Northern California schools to attend an online professional development event in the summer of 2020

4 Day Online Seminars

6 Week Online Courses

Why Take a Facing History Seminar?

Forty years of studies have proven that Facing History’s content and methods transforms students, teachers, classrooms, and schools.

  • Students gain critical thinking skills, empathy and tolerance, civic responsibility, and the belief they can make a difference in the world.
  • Teachers are more confident and skilled at fostering students’ academic, civic, and social emotional learning.
  • Classrooms and schools are more respectful, reflective, and participatory – necessary conditions for deep learning.

Deadline: Our Teaching Grant application has officially closed.
Get prepared! Download a printable Application Worksheet to see the application questions. 

2020 - 2021 Grant Details

Awarded Schools Will Receive the Following

  1. Seminar Scholarships for each team member to attend a Facing History and Ourselves online summer seminar or course. (valued at $420 - $700 per teacher)
  2. A class set of Facing History resource books for classroom or library use. ($500 - $750 value per set)
  3. Year-long consultation and support from Facing History staff, including on-site professional development. (valued up to $2,600)
  4. Workshop scholarships for additional faculty to attend any professional development workshop during the 2020-21 school year (valued at $125 per workshop
  5. Complete Access to Facing History’s online resources
  6. Borrowing privileges from Facing History’s lending library for classroom use.

Awarded Schools Commit to the Following

Each school commits two to four teachers to participate in this grant.
Each participating teacher is required to:

  1. Attend an online professional development event in summer of 2020.

    4 Day Online Seminars

    6 Week Online Courses

  2. Use the materials and pedagogy received at their selected summer professional development in their classroom for at least 4 weeks during the school year.
  3. Secure approval from school administration to use Facing History approaches and pedagogy in your courses. 
  4. Complete a provided curriculum outline during the year to detail how Facing History will be used in your course.
  5. Share teaching ideas, lesson plans, or units with Facing History.
  6. Maintain open lines of communication with Facing History program staff for ongoing support and consultation.


  • Northern California middle and high schools from eligible counties.
  • Eligible schools are those that can produce a team of 2 - 4 educators, all of whom have agreed to participate in Facing History professional development and use Facing History resources, pedagogy, and approaches in their courses for a minimum of 4 weeks throughout the school year, either as a single unit or spread out across the year.

Timeline and Application Process:

  1. Now - Get prepared before you start the online application!
    Download the Application Worksheet Review the essay questions and gather the contact information of the teachers and administrator.  Then, just copy & paste into the form. 
  2. Deadline: We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis. - Designate a Team Leader who will represent the team. The team leader will submit one online application form for their school.
  3. May–July - Facing History staff will review applications and reach out to schedule an interview with the applying team within 7 business days.
    • Interviews will take about 30 minutes.
    • Interviews will be conducted via video-conference. 
    • This is an opportunity for Facing History to learn more about your school and for teacher teams to discuss reasons for applying and to ask questions about teaching with Facing History’s content and methods. 
  4. Final Notification - All applicants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis.

Questions? Contact Nga Mai, Program Coordinator, at [email protected]


* If you are an individual educator seeking a scholarship, then click on the professional development opportunity listed above and apply for a scholarship in the specific event application. A limited number of individual scholarships are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

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