National History Day News & Updates
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NHD 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 also 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
We're looking for two #NHD2017 contest interns
Contest interns receive housing, a stipend, and the experience of a lifetime working behind the scenes of the National History Day Contest. 

Applications are due March 10. 
Apply today!
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.
#45on45 - Interpret the 1st Amendment

1a, the NPR show that took the slot of the Diane Rehm show when she retired, called National History Day with a request. They are looking for creative interpretations of the 45 words of the 1st Amendment to air on March 6, 2017. You can set it to music, make a mural, or do something else. They want the most creative and expressive interpretations (individual or group) emailed to 
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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.

Traveling to DC in March? The History Film Forum is the premier film festival focused on history in the United States. A four-day exploration of history on the screen, the Forum brings together experts and audiences to examine the state of both narrative and documentary history film as vehicles for teaching and interpreting history. A collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Forum is unique in its connection of audiences, historians, filmmakers, journalists, and policy leaders. All screenings and discussions are free to attend with required registration. Seating is filled on a first come, first seated basis first for all registered attendees and then opened to walk-ins.

Click here to Learn about the History Film Forum
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 opportunities in Washington
Ford's Theater is offering two programs for teachers, Civil War Washington and The Seat of War and Peace, in June and July 2017.
Classroom rubrics from NHD
NHD has developed a set of classroom rubrics (both qualitative and quantitative) to help teachers and coordinators give feedback to students as they develop and revise their NHD projects.

These are classroom rubrics, not judging sheets. They are designed to be a tool in classrooms and to help students who are advancing between levels of the contest. Check them out today!
Click here to access these and other teacher resources.
World War II teaching resources
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.

On Veterans Day their research and lesson plans were added to
View the Lesson Plans!

March is Women’s History Month! Check out these resources from NEH's EDSITEment resource.

Click here to Access Women's History Month Resources
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