National History Day News & Updates
National Contest information

The National Contest is June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Registration is open to those who have qualified from their state/affiliate contests. Information for registering can be found below. 

Registration homepage
National Contest registration booklet
YouTube videos to help prepare for NHD2017
Contest lodging and housing
Getting you and your project to the contest
Teacher workshops at the National Contest!
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 at 9:00 a.m. ET (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.
Summer professional development opportunity
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Maryland Humanities is offering two summer teacher institutes, and all NHD teachers are invited to apply! Applications are due May 15.

Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning: A Summer Institute at Salisbury University, July 10-14

Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning, a Hybrid Summer Institute at the National Archives at College Park, July 24-28
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!
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