Apply for the Jewish Education Project-Focused Learning Initiative (2018-19)

About the Grant

The Project-Focused Learning Initiative is a year-long collaboration between the Facing History and Ourselves Jewish Education Program and select Jewish schools. This program fosters teacher leadership and enhances student creativity and involvement while developing a school-wide project on the Holocaust and related aspects of Jewish history.  Facing History will provide these selected schools with both our expertise and mentorship and with generous financial support to conceive, develop, and present these school projects.

Jewish educational institutions provide a unique opportunity for students to safely explore the lessons of the Holocaust in a way that is most relevant to them. In this project-based initiative, students will be able to access this history through student-driven inquiry and collaboration. This type of inquiry-based learning will invite students to delve into authentic questions, allowing them to take ownership of historical case studies and place themselves in the arc of Jewish history.  

In each school, students will actively engage in all stages of the process, culminating in a final project that will encourage participation from a range of stakeholders (e.g. other students, faculty, parents, board members) and the larger community. The projects will run in conjunction with classroom study using Facing History’s curricular resources, creating a holistic learning experience that deepens student understanding of the topic they are exploring.

Facing History will assist schools in forming relevant investigative questions and guide educators in ensuring meaningful connections between the projects and ongoing classroom learning.

This opportunity gives Jewish day schools access to professional development and project materials valued at more than $10,000!

Deadline: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 Cohort. Stay tuned for more information about future PFLI grants for the 2019-20 school year. 

2018-19 Grant Application Details

Selected Schools Will Receive the Following

  1. Tuition and travel scholarships for a team of educators to a Facing History summer seminar geared to educators in a Jewish setting
  2. A financial grant to provide project materials and the consultation of relevant scholars or artists for the student-driven initiative and culminating event
  3. Support and follow up from Facing History program staff to consult on the project and make meaningful connections between the project and classroom learning.

Selected Schools Commit to the Following

Each partner school will commit two to four teachers to participate in this grant. Participating teachers are required to:

  1. Attend a summer seminar in 2018 in New York or New England.
  2. Design a project using a meaningful and rich investigative question and follow the lead of the students to bring this project to completion
  3. Maintain open lines of communication with Facing History program staff for follow-up support and consultation.
  4. Provide access to the Facing History video team to capture the project at various stages.
  5. Send at least one teacher from the PFLI team to a cohort gathering in Boston, in Spring 2019. The cost of travel can be subtracted from the project stipend or supplemented by school internal professional development funds.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 Cohort. Stay tuned for more information about future PFLI grants for the 2019-20 school year. 


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