What is The 1619 Project Education Network?

The 1619 Project Education Network is a Pulitzer Center initiative to build a national network of educators who will design, teach, and share curriculum based on The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project and related Pulitzer Center reporting and education resources. The 1619 Project Education Network was launched as a response to educators nationwide sharing their enthusiasm for bringing The 1619 Project and our curriculum into classrooms, as well as the need for support and networking opportunities to implement the project well. We invited educators, administrators, content specialists, and curriculum supervisors to question how exploration of the essays, creative writing, photography, and podcasts that make up The 1619 Project support existing curricula, while also helping students evaluate historical research and process current events. As with all of our education initiatives, we are also asking educators to consider how authentic engagement with media literacy skills and underreported news stories help students engage curiously, critically, and empathetically with the world.

The 1619 Project Education Network cohorts consist of teams of educators who participate in a paid, nine-month virtual program during which they:

  • Develop standards-aligned units that engage students in The 1619 Project, and other journalism and historical sources, to strengthen connections to existing curricula, practice media literacy skills, and build empathy.
  • Manage the implementation and evaluation of units by at least two educators in multiple classes.
  • Share their projects publicly through the Pulitzer Center's online lesson library and virtual professional development programs.
  • Devise plans for revising and expanding use of their units as Network alumni.
  • Actively participate in quarterly Network meetings to share progress, evaluate lessons learned, and provide support and feedback for other members.

Cohort participants receive …

  • A $5,000 grant to support curriculum development and other costs.
  • Access to professional development workshops led by journalists, scholars, and Center staff.
  • Access to a virtual portal that shares curriculum, showcases student work, and provides methods for participants to network and collaborate.

Our inaugural 1619 Education Network cohort launched in May 2021. This cohort of 40-plus incredible teams from 20 different states consists of educators and administrators working in K-12 schools, and with adults and youth in jails, prisons, or youth detention facilities. Click here to meet the 2021 cohort and learn about their unit plans.

How do I apply?

We are currently accepting applications for the next cohort of The 1619 Project Education Network in spring 2022. Applications are due at 11:59pm EDT on April 1, 2022. Click here to learn more and apply.

Those interested in applying should consider how to put together a team of educators who can work together to meet the goals above. Each application will need to outline a plan that includes at least one classroom educator, and the support of at least one school administrator and/or school, district, regional, or state content specialist/curriculum supervisor in order to facilitate unit implementation in multiple classes.

All educators, administrators, and/or school, district, regional, or state content specialist/curriculum supervisors involved in each applicant's plan will be invited to Network meetings and professional development opportunities. The primary contact for the application will be responsible for the submission of all deliverables, and will be the manager of grant funds.

Because all professional development and cohort networking sessions will be held virtually, applicants must have stable internet access and a computer with a webcam and microphone.

If you have any questions about this timeline or these requirements, please reach out to 1619@pulitzercenter.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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