NEW! NHD and the National Archives and Records Administration Webinars

A new school year has just begun and NHD wants to welcome you back with fresh webinars to get you ready for the 2015 National Contest: Leadership and Legacy in History. Join archivists and education specialists from the National Archives and Records Administration, NHD staff, teachers, students and coordinators to get the ideas flowing!

These webinars are free and open to everyone. Whether you are brand new to NHD or an NHD all-star, everyone can learn a thing or two from these three webinars. Choose just one or commit to all three, it is up to you to decide which you would like to attend.

  • Exploring the Leadership and Legacy Theme – Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @ 6PM ET – Teachers, Students, and Parents welcome!
  • Research 101: Primary and Secondary Sources – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 @ 6PM ET– Teachers, Students, and Parents welcome!
  • Decisions, decisions: Choosing an NHD Category – Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 6PM ET – Teachers, Students, and Parents welcome!

These webinars are interactive so we encourage everyone to come ready with their questions for our experts and participate in the live event. With that said, the fall is often a busy time for students and their families and we don’t want anyone to miss out. The recorded version of each webinar will be posted online in the weeks following the live event.

To participate, be sure to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8605240154487714306

Tweet your questions to us before or during the webinar @NationalHistory #TeachNHD. For questions about the webinar, please contact Lynne O’Hara, NHD Director of Programs, at lynne@nhd.org.

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Special Guests visit Behring Teacher Ambassadors on Day 2 of Training in Denver

On Tuesday Behring Teacher Ambassador training re-convened at History Colorado in Denver, Colorado.  We were so lucky to be joined by Kenneth and Patricia Behring.

Kenneth and Patricia Behring with Behring Teacher Ambassadors in Denver. Photo Courtesy of Moni Hourt from Nebraska

Kenneth and Patricia Behring with Behring Teacher Ambassadors in Denver. Photo courtesy of Moni Hourt from Nebraska

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Kenneth and Patricia Behring along with Dr. Cathy Gorn, meet with Behring Teacher Ambassadors. Photo courtesy of Moni Hourt from Nebraska.

Kenneth and Patrica Behring visit with NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn at the Denver, CO Behring Teacher Ambassador Training. Photo courtesy of Moni Hourt from Nebraska

Kenneth and Patricia Behring visit with NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn at the Denver, CO Behring Teacher Ambassador Training. Photo courtesy of Moni Hourt from Nebraska

Mr. Behring shared with the group his favorite quote from U. S. President Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,  who strives valiantly, who errs and  comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

In the morning the group focused on the 2015 Leadership and Legacy in History theme, discussing historical leadership and the best ways to help students approach this new theme.

Kenneth and Patricia Behring talk to Behring Teacher Ambassadors at History Colorado.

Kenneth and Patricia Behring talk to Behring Teacher Ambassadors at History Colorado.

In the afternoon the group had the amazing experience of watching 46 men and women take the oath of citizenship and become American citizens. The naturalization ceremony was an unexpected surprise and a great experience.   The teachers spent the remainder of the afternoon collaborating with their state coordinators and developing their Ambassador plans.

Thank you to History Colorado for being a fabulous host in Denver, Colorado!

Congratulations to our Behring Teacher Ambassadors:

  • Mark Bach, Washington
  • Amy Boehning, Hawaii
  • Carol Dallman, Minnesota
  • Elizabeth Green, Mississippi
  • Gayla Hammer, Wyoming
  • Terry Healy, Kansas
  • Moni Hourt, Nebraska
  • Kyle Johnson, Kansas
  • Rona Johnson, Idaho
  • Dorian Langi, Hawaii
  • Dan Marsh, Indiana
  • Dean Smith, Washington
  • Tom Thorpe, Wisconsin
  • Al Wheat, Mississippi
  • Deb Wrye, Indiana

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Guess who is in Denver this Week? NHD Behring Teacher Ambassadors!

On Monday training started for the second cohort of Behring Teacher Ambassadors.  These teachers, all past winners of the Behring Teacher of the Year Award in their respective affiliate programs, applied to be trained at Behring Teacher Ambassadors.  Their training focused on expanding the role of teacher leadership.

All participants arrived in Denver from as far away as Hawaii and enjoyed an opening dinner looking out over Union Station.

The day began with a welcome from April Legg, who works in Educational Outreach at History Colorado.   After an opening session discussing ways to reach new teachers, NHD Deputy Director, Kim Fortney led a session featuring NHD in Mississippi state co-coordinator Renee McClendon and NHD in Colorado co-coordinator Stacey Pendelton.

After some morning training sessions and lunch in the Denver sunshine, the teachers were treated to a tour of the History Colorado museum by School and Teacher Program Developer April Legg and a behind the scenes tour by Curator Natalie Elder.

History Colorado Curator Natalie Elder gives a behind the scene look at the museum's collection.

History Colorado Curator Natalie Elder gives a behind the scene look at the museum’s collection.

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School and Teacher Program Developer April Legg talks to the BTA during their training in Denver, CO.

The day ended with teachers working on their elevator pitches and heading out to small group dinners in Denver.

Stay tuned, day two of training at History Colorado might have some special guests….

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Day Two of Behring Teacher Ambassador Training in D.C.

DC BTA

Yesterday our first cohort of Behring Teacher Ambassadors completed their training at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.   Tuesday’s training focused on how to create effective ways to reach out to new NHD teachers and schools.

In the morning the group was joined by Grace Leatherman, the NHD in Maryland Outreach coordinator and brainstormed effective ways to work with teachers.  They worked collaboratively to identify how to approach different opportunities that NHD could present to educators for the classroom.

In the afternoon NHD Deputy Director Kim Fortney and NHD Louisiana coordinator Nathan Huegen presented effective strategies for collaborating with state coordinators, and teachers spent the remainder of the afternoon collaborating with their state coordinators and developing their Ambassador plans.

Thank you to the Library of Congress for being such fabulous hosts in Washington, DC!

Congratulations to our first cohort of Behring Teacher Ambassadors!

  • Beverly Adams – Texas
  • LaToya Bailey – Louisiana
  • Adrienne Barry – Nevada
  • Martha Bohnenberger – South Carolina
  • Matthew Elms – Singapore
  • Traci Erlandson – Tennessee
  • Jennifer Hunt – Connecticut
  • Justin Krueger – Texas
  • Janet McElfresh – North Carolina
  • Dawn McKenzie – New Mexico
  • Brent Myers – Nebraska
  • Amy Page – New Mexico
  • Kathy Paul – Iowa
  • Esther Perez-Zemmels – Louisiana
  • Nicole Roper – Pennsylvania
  • Christine Sermons – Florida
  • Christina Smart-Meigs – Ohio
  • Amy Trenkle – Washington, DC
  • Stacey Trepanier – Arizona
  • Marc Turner – South Carolina
  • Suzan Turner – Iowa

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Day One of Behring Teacher Ambassador Training

teachers with Kim AshYesterday NHD began training our first cohort of Behring Teacher Ambassadors.  These teachers, all past winners of the Behring Teacher of the Year Award from their respective affiliate programs applied to be trained as Behring Teacher Ambassadors.  Their training focuses on expanding their role as teacher leaders.

The day began with a opening from Lee Ann Potter, the Director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress, who welcomed the group with a trip down her NHD memory lane, displaying her state and national awards from her time as an NHD student.   The teachers worked collaboratively to discuss the 2015 Leadership & Legacy in History Theme and discuss the ways in which they could impact teacher leadership.

Later teachers discussed how to effectively collaborate with state coordinators with NHD’s Deputy Director, Kim Fortney and NHD in Louisiana state coordinator Nathan Huegen.

After a lunch break and tour of the Library of Congress, teachers had the opportunity to work with Stephen Wesson from the Library of Congress, Naomi Coquillion from the Smithsonian Museum of National History, Kim Ash from the Newseum, and Lynne O’Hara from NHD to discuss resources available to NHD teachers.

The day ended with teachers working on their elevator pitches and heading out to small group dinners in DC.Kim and Nathan

We’re looking forward to seeing what day two of training has to offer at the Library of Congress, as well as what happens next week’s cohort training in Denver at History Colorado!

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Where in the World is Dr. Gorn Day – Day Four

Today Dr. Gorn is in a place with a history steeped in trade. Its favorable port location made it an important market and trading post for European interests in the 19th century. In fact the city’s favorable economic and trade opportunities survived numerous wars and conflicts, including First Opium War and Japanese occupation during World War II.   Today this city  remains an important center of commerce between the East and the West. Where in the world is Dr. Gorn today?

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Where in the World is Dr. Gorn – Day Three!

Dr. Gorn is stopping off in a country that’s almost two times the size of the United States!  This country is also home to this monument (The Motherland Calls), which marks a much contested hill during what many consider the turning point of World War Two.  The battle that occurred in this city stopped Hitler’s advance on the Eastern Front during the War, and it was only a few short years afterwards that the Allies claimed victory! Today we use monuments to remember the past. Before this trip is in the past, where in the world is Dr. Gorn?

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