1. Make sure you are informed! You can learn about what Critical Race Theory is and the attacks on teaching race in history curriculum by reading this article in Education Week.

  2. Remember that your school is likely not teaching Critical Race Theory. When you talk about learning about race, refer to it as “nuanced history” or “a complete American history”. 

  3. Stay education and narrative focused. Speak from your own personal experience -- but keep others anonymous! Your audience are school board officials and teachers.

  4. Keep it solutions-oriented. Talk about what you want to see in your history education.


💡 Find a place with good lighting. Go outside or sit in front of a window or lamp — and make sure you don't have light coming from behind you.

🔊 Keep background noise to a minimum. If you have headphones with a microphone — use those!

🖼 Make sure to film in landscape mode (aka horizontal). If you are using a phone, try to use your back camera*

Use the 3-second rule! Wait 3 seconds after you hit film to start talking and wait 3 seconds after you finish to stop filming.
Stabilize your camera. Use a tripod, sit it on a window sill, or prop it up on some books! If that doesn't work, hold your phone with both hands or have someone hold it for you!

👀 Look into the camera and make sure it close to eye level. Make sure the camera is focused on your face. On most phones, you can do this by tapping on your face on the screen to tell the camera to auto-focus there. 

📹 Be aware of what is in frame! Make sure your background is clear (nothing distracting but also try not to shoot in front of just a plain white wall) and that your clothing will video well (avoid wild stripes or patterns, logos, or anything that could distract from you!). 


🧪 Do a test shot to make sure you like what the video looks and sounds like before recording!

* If you are able to film in 4K please do!


You do not need to introduce yourself in your clip. We can also keep you anonymous if you would like (you can indicate this on the submission form).

  1. Our generation is the most diverse generation to date, and our history curriculum needs to reflect that.

  2. “Denial is the heartbeat of America” - Ibram Kendi. Learning hard history does not make us feel guilty. We have to learn history in order to not repeat it and to approach our future in a more equitable way.

  3. “America's public schools are the nurseries of democracy.” - Justice Stephen Breyer. In order to be able to participate in our democracy, we must learn to discern our own beliefs. We can not do that when what we are allowed to learn is restricted. 

  4. History can not be taught from any one perspective and we can not cherry pick what aspects of America’s story we should learn.