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.
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.
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.
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.
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.