Professional Development through Partnerships & Grants

List of Current Partners

School Districts:


Our partnerships are diverse and numerous. Not only are we partnered with local school districts in the North Bay of California, we also have non-profit and for-profit partners across the country.

21st Century Schools

NBISP and California International Studies Project are affiliated with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, Partnership for 21st Century Skills and its members provide tools and resources to help the education system keep up by fusing the four C’s: critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation. While leading districts and schools are already doing this, Partnership for 21st Century Skills advocates for local, state, and federal policies that support this approach for every student in every school.

Grants (Federal and State)

The federal and state government have continuously funded our programs. We have received 11 federal grants between 2000-2012.

Teaching American History Grant (TAH)

The North Bay International Studies Project is proud to be in partnership with the Teaching American History grant. This project is designed to deliver a program of professional development and training in American history content to all participating teachers. It is designed to provide quality instruction for participating teachers over the grant period and to foster a lasting support network for those teachers. The TAH grants develop, implement, and strengthen the teaching of traditional American history by deepening teachers' knowledge of American History, identifying effective strategies in content literacy, and developing curriculum and activities that address California State academic standards. Teachers’ learn to teach American history in engaging, interactive ways, thus improving student achievement and understanding of U.S. History in both elementary and secondary schools.

Since 2003, NBISP has collaborated on six Teaching American History Grants: Napa (2), Mendocino County Office of Education (2), Petaluma, and West Contra Costa. We write and submit the grants and provide the professional development component. In eleven years, we have served over 300 American History teachers. We have built a leadership base of over 60 teachers who present at their own schools or districts, at the California Council for the Social Studies statewide conference, and/or attended regional meetings representing NBISP. These grants provide stipends for teachers who attend the two week summer institutes and include a trip to either Washington D.C., Boston and Philadelphia, or Atlanta Georgia in the third year of the grant.

Current TAH projects: Mendocino, Elementary school program, 2014

Past TAH projects: see archives

Fulbright Grants

NBISP received 4 Fulbright Teacher' Study Abroad grants to Brazil (1999,2001) and the Philippines (2006, 2008)