100 Leaders in World History Has World Class Engagement Partners!

National History Day (NHD) is happy to announce the Engagement Partners for the 100 Leaders in World History project, sponsored by Kenneth E. Behring. The 100 Leaders in World History project is an interactive, online educational experience designed to encourage people to consider how leadership has shaped history, what makes a leader good or bad, and what types of leaders we need today. Engagement Partners support this project and the public education opportunities it offers.

Please join us in thanking the following organizations for their support as Engagement Partners for the 100 Leaders in World History project, and be sure to check out their resources:

Please follow our Engagement Partners on Facebook and Twitter.

REMINDER: Voting for 100 Leaders in World History is open to the public, and we encourage everyone to visit the website and rank the selected 100 significant leaders in world history on how well they motivated others, articulated a vision, made effective decisions, confronted tough issues, and impacted history.

Voting runs through February 11, 2015.

Vote Now: www.100leaders.org

 Thank you to Kenneth E. Behring for sponsoring the 100 Leaders in World History project.

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Announcing the Normandy Class of 2015!

For the last five years, National History Day (NHD) has carefully selected 15 teachers and their students from a pool of applicants to travel to the Normandy region of France as part of the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. This institute is an in-depth study of World War II and the Normandy invasion. This journey is unlike any other, because students select a single service member from their town, county, or state who died during the Normandy campaign and are tasked with researching their heroes’ lives and the sacrifices they personally made for our freedoms. This personalized experience takes students from the early lives of WWII heroes to their last days. The research process introduces students and their teachers to the individuals who bravely fought to guarantee future generations the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute culminates in a day of remembrance at the American World War II Cemetery in France, where students read eulogies to the heroes they have come to know through their research. Upon their return, students and teachers use the information to create a website in honor of their hero.

This year’s class includes students from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. For additional information and a complete list of students and teachers who participated, read the press release here: http://www.nhd.org/PressReleases.htm.

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Special Prizes for 2015!

Jim Auerbach presents Outstanding Award in Labor History in 1984.

Jim Auerbach presents Outstanding Award in Labor History in 1984.

National History Day (NHD) is happy to announce the Special Prizes for the 2015 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest (National Contest)! Each year at the National Contest, many organizations generously sponsor Special Prizes that are awarded to the students whose projects best exemplify the prize criteria.

Many of these prizes are topic specific and are intended to reward student achievement beyond the category prizes at the National Contest. It is likely that your topic meets the criteria for one or more Special Prize(s). To see if your entry is eligible for a special prize, browse the complete list on the NHD website here: http://www.nhd.org/SpecialPrizeinfo.htm.

Presenting students with Special Prizes at the National Contest started in 1984. That year six organizations sponsored Special Prizes for Labor History, Naval History, Political History, Women’s History, American Jewish History, and Agricultural History.

In 2015, many organizations that awarded Special Prizes at past National Contests are once again generously awarding students for their work in specific areas of interest. We commend all of our Special Prize sponsors for their ongoing support. THANK YOU!

This year we especially are excited about two new Special Prizes: The White House History prize sponsored by the White House Historical Association and the Corps of Discovery Prize sponsored by The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

Listed below are the Special Prize sponsors for the 2015 National Contest:

  • The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, National Capital Parks-East
  • National Park Service
  • American Labor Studies Center
  • Naval Historical Foundation
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • The Civil War Trust
  • The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
  • The Library of Congress
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, & Gardens
  • Society for History in the Federal Government
  • Agricultural History Society
  • Lombardo Family
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Society for American Baseball Research
  • American Bar Association
  • Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • White House Historical Association
  • The Coordinating Council for Women in History
  • National World War II Museum

For more information about NHD and Special Prizes visit: http://www.nhd.org/SpecialPrizeinfo.htm.

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Teens Today Still Care about World War II

Do teenagers still care about World War II?  At National History Day (NHD), we know that they do.  Check out this article from the November 28, 2014 edition of the Chicago Tribune.  This article features Aggie Przeslicke, an NHD teacher at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Chicago, IL, and the 2014 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year National Winner.  Also featured are Linda Becker and Mike Biondo, NHD Illinois teachers.  Andrea Flores and her teacher Josh Bill, from Waukegan High School in Waukegan, IL, are alumni of the Albert H. Small Normandy:  Sacrifice for Freedom Student & Teacher Institute

Here at NHD we KNOW that students care about World War II and we are working to help remember these heroes and honor their sacrifice.  In June 2015, we will return to Normandy with 15 new teacher-student teams. Today is the last opportunity to apply for the 2015 Albert H. Small Normandy:  Sacrifice for Freedom Student & Teacher Institute, funded by Albert H. Small. 

In July 2015, NHD will return to Europe with 18 middle and high school teachers to study the experiences of America’s World War II soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coastguardsmen, and Marines across Northern Europe.  This program, Understanding Sacrifice, is funded by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and will result in the development of a new website and multi-disciplinary lesson plans to help teachers and students understand the sacrifices made by America’s armed forces.

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NEH Summer Programs for Teachers

Post courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

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NEH is happy to announce its summer programs for educators! Among the subjects offered for teachers in 2015 are:

  • Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad
  • Africa in World History
  • African-American Communities in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • America’s Reconstruction
  • Asian Americans in New York City: Literature and Film
  • Authors in the Prado
  • Cultures and Religions of the Himalayan Region
  • Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation
  • The Dutch Republic, Britain, and the European World Economy
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Histories of the Mediterranean
  • Istanbul: Between East and West
  • The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865
  • Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens
  • Pueblo Identity in the Southwest
  • Punishment, Politics, and Culture
  • The Spanish Influenza of 1918
  • Teaching American History through Song

For a complete list of projects offered in the summer of 2015, along with eligibility requirements and contact information, visit: www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs.

NEH supports tuition-free professional development programs each summer for American teachers. Participants will receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.


“This was quite possibly one of the most enriching educational experiences I have had since becoming an English teacher.”

“The NEH seminar was a great impetus for me to take my work in new directions.”

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Voting Starts Now for 100 Leaders in World History!

“Our world is full of individuals who have risen to the occasions presented before them to provide guidance and direction to inspire others to follow. By uncovering the past, we find heroes and role models and are motivated to do as those who came before them — to become involved, to participate, to take a stand for what we believe in and to take action to improve our communities, country and even the world.” – www.100leaders.org

How do leaders from the past compare to one another? You get to decide over the next 100 days!

Voting for 100 Leaders in World History is now open to the public. The 100 Leaders in World History project is sponsored by Kenneth E. Behring and designed to help students and the public better understand the qualities and legacies of leaders in history.

In May 2014, National History Day (NHD) partnered with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University to bring together a leading panel of historians, teachers, and students to select 100 leaders in world history who left a lasting legacy. The www.100leaders.org website was designed to feature and educate others about the selected leaders. During the 100 day voting period – now through February 11, 2014 – a new leader will be featured each day.

Students can help others pick the person for whom they should vote. As part of the voting process and experience, NHD is challenging middle and high school students to create inspiring campaign posters that encourage others to vote for the leader they think should be at the top of the list.


  • Interested students may create an original poster, Instagram a photo of the poster, and submit the photo to NHD on Twitter (@NationalHistory) #NHD100Leaders.
  • Students must Instagram a photo of the poster, and tweet it to NHD before the February 2, 2015 deadline.
  • Poster content must be original and appropriate for all audiences.
  • Each poster must include 100leaders.org somewhere in the content.

Teachers should consider encouraging classes and classmates to challenge and campaign against one another for different leaders.

Selected posters will be featured throughout the 100 Leaders in World History project both on the www.100leaders.org website and included in NHD teacher and student resources. For ideas and examples of campaign posters visit:  http://www.loc.gov/publish/general/presidential-posters-gallery/index.html.

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Webinar! NoodleTools: How to get Started


Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Time: 7pm-8pm ET / 4pm-5pm PT

NHD partners with NoodleTools so that you and your students can access this excellent online research platform.  In this webinar, the NoodleTools co-founders will show you how to set up your NoodleTools teacher account and get your NHD students started.

Then sit back and watch as the NoodleTools team demos the platform in action!  Learn how NoodleTools supports students and helps them stay organized in the research process.  They can generate accurate annotated bibliographies, create and organize online notecards, archive and annotate source documents, get personal assistance with source evaluation, and collaborate on group work.

Did you know that you’re able to view your students’ in-progress work, and provide feedback directly at the point of need?   We’ll show you how.

You are welcome to sign up for your NoodleTools teacher account here [http://www.noodletools.com/tools.nhd.php] prior to the webinar, so that you are ready to take advantage of webinar tips.

To register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/NHDNT1028

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