By: Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs
From September 14 to December 14, 2015, NHD teachers from around the world will be joining together in online learning communities to develop their skills and earn graduate credit.
Conducting Historical Research in the National History Day Model
Based on feedback from the teachers in our 2014 course, we have developed a course to help teachers dive into the NHD research process. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the course will use the twentieth century Civil Rights Movement as a research focus, and teachers will choose their own topic to explore and relate back to the 2016 Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History theme. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities (about 10-12 teachers) who teach similar students and have the opportunities to network, share ideas, and work through various strategies to find historical sources and strategies to help students analyze these documents.
Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework
Back by popular demand, this course takes teachers and librarians through the NHD process, from choosing a topic to evaluating final products. This course is designed for new and newer NHD (middle and high school) teachers who are seeking ways to engage their students in the process. Teachers are grouped into small learning communities (about 10-12 teachers) who teach similar students. A veteran NHD teacher serves as a mentor to each section and teachers develop and refine the materials that they need to implement this framework in their classroom the very next day.
Registration for both courses ends on Friday, August 14, 2015.