National History Day News & Updates
 
 
 
National Contest information
 
 
The National Contest is June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park. 
 
Registration will open for students (and their teachers) who advance from their state/affiliate contests soon.
 
 
 
 
Teacher workshops at the National Contest!
 
Filmmaker
Lynn Novick
While students compete, teachers can learn!

National History Day hosts two days of professional development workshops.

Monday morning sessions feature learning resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Eagle Eye Citizen, and the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The afternoon features part one of an interactive workshop to improve the quality of NHD projects in the classroom.

The second day features Lynn Novick, long-time film making partner to Ken Burns and the co-director and co-producer of The Vietnam War series airing on PBS this fall, followed by the conclusion of the NHD project workshop in the afternoon.
 
Register for teacher workshops!
 
 
Can't attend the contest?
Consider online graduate courses!
 
National History Day has new online graduate courses for educators starting this summer! Earn professional development hours or graduate credits.

Summer 2017:
Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the NHD Curriculum Framework
Developing Exhibits to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills
Developing Websites to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

Fall 2017:
Conducting Historical Research in the NHD Model
Developing Performances to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills
Developing Documentaries to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

Spring 2018:
Writing and Editing for NHD

 
Click here to learn more and register!
 
 
Planning ahead for 2017-2018?
So are we!
As the 2017 contest season gets underway, we are working on the 2018 theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. We will debut the theme book at the 2017 National Contest and make it available on the NHD website for all teachers and students to access.
 
In the meantime, check out the 2017 Taking A Stand in History theme book.
Taking A Stand in History
 
 
Opportunities for students & teachers at the NHD National Contest 
There are amazing opportunities for NHD students, teachers, and families in the times when they are not being judged at the National Contest. 

Review these opportunities and see where you'd like to visit. 

NHD-Explore registration will open May 17 - 31 (after the close of contest registration).  

 
View the NHDx opportunities!
 
 
New app to remember World War I
The 369th New York Infantry returns to New York, February 10, 1919.
Source: National Archives and Records Administration (533548)

History Pin has developed a free app that includes material from the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. You can download the app in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
 
 
 
 
New Special Prize to be awarded at the National Contest

The World War I History Prize, sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of World War I and its impact, nationally or internationally. The prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in both the junior and senior divisions that documents and analyzes a significant aspect of World War I, clearly demonstrating historical relevance to the theme of World War I.
 
See all of the special prizes.
 
 
Do your students need some advice?
Ask the NEH experts!
We have created a video for each of the five categories. All five are live on our Student Resources page. 
 
Click here to access the video series.
 
 
New resource for Civil War era photographs
Check out the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress. These images could help students add the finishing touch to a documentary, exhibit, or website!
 
Click here to access the collection.
 
 
 
Summer professional development opportunity
 
 
 
The White House Historical Association is currently accepting applications for its 2017 White House History Teacher Institute. The program will run from Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21. Applications are due May 1.
 
Click here to learn more and apply.
 
 
 
 
World War II teaching resources from Understanding Sacrifice
 
 
In July 2016, 18 teachers traveled to Europe to study World War II in the Mediterranean and deliver eulogies at the graves of 18 fallen heroes.
 
View the lesson plans!
 
 

Dusty old newspapers are treasure troves of fascinating information, valuable historical context, and rich primary source material. They also are a great way to encourage students to immerse themselves in the past—on their own, in school, or at home. Created through a partnership of The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, Chronicling America offers visitors the ability to search and view newspaper pages from 1836–1922 and to find information about American newspapers published between 1690–present.


Chronicling America is a boon for teaching primary source research skills such as gathering and evaluating information, analysis, comparison and contrast, critical thinking, and the use of technology. These newly digitized newspaper pages also can enrich and extend EDSITEment lesson plans by providing students with first-hand accounts of the past.

 
Learn more!
 
 
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