The Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants grew out of a teaching award established in 2006 to recognize Facing History-trained educators who are thinking outside the box to transform schools and impact student learning. In 2013, they were reintroduced with a focus on technological innovation and collaborative learning.
This year, Facing History awarded $40,000 to fund 20 innovative, cutting-edge classroom projects around the world. Each year, we review the previous year’s award winners and their projects. At the end of the year, one grand prize finalist receives $5,000 to continue their work. In 2013, the winners ranged from a teacher in New Mexico whose students will collect oral histories as they study a complex and violent chapter in their community’s past, to an educator in Amsterdam whose students will build an online walking tour exploring the city’s history of during the Holocaust. Together, these projects will help students worldwide become more active, concerned citizens.