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Teaching with Maps

Library of Congress


Education Specialists from the Library of Congress are offering a free webinar to model primary source analysis strategies for educators and to discuss the impact this can have on instruction.

 Join the Library of Congress education experts to learn about ways to teach with maps. Most students think of maps as resources to help find their way from point "A" to point "B." However, maps have been created for a variety of different reasons, and studying maps from the Library of Congress can show students how maps can do more than provide directions. Maps also make claims, persuade, advertise and influence. Explore teaching strategies for using maps with students.


Date:  Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time: 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Open to: all NHD teachers, students, parents, and coordinators

To register, click HERE

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Using Weebly to Build an NHD Website


This webinar is open to any NHD student creating (or considering creating) a website, along with any teachers or parents who want to support their students in this process.

 Want to build a great website for the NHD contest? Richard, our Professor of all things Weebly, is hosting a free online training session to teach the fundamentals of Weebly's NHD Site Creator. He'll walk you through, step-by-step, the creation of an excellent site you'll be proud to share, as well as provide tips on how to properly organize all of your text, pictures, videos, and other content. 

 By the time the training is over, you should be able to put your own site together with relative ease.  The presentation is 50 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.


Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Open to:  all NHD students, teachers, parents, and coordinators

To register, click HERE

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NHD Google+ Hangouts


A Google+ Hangout is a live video conference where students can directly connect with experts.  The event happens live, and students can tweet their questions and we ask them live on the air.  You can see last year's hangout series at

 Save the date on your calendar!

 Ask an Archivist with the National Archives

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6pm ET / 3pm PT

 Ask the Expert Series with the National Endowment for the Humanities 


Monday, December 15, 2014, 7pm ET / 4pm PT


Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7pm ET / 4pm PT


Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7pm ET / 4pm PT


Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7pm ET / 4pm PT


Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Click HERE to see the questions and answers from the 2014 theme discussion held on October 8, 2013. 
Click HERE  to see the questions and answers from the 2014 rules discussion held on December 10, 2013.

                Transforming Your Classroom with National History Day

Want your students to love history? Then National History Day is the program for you!

National History Day motivates students to discover history by:

  • Cultivating interest: students research a topic of their choice
  • Developing research skills: students act as historians discovering how to uncover primary sources, build historical context and form historical interpretations
  • Becoming experts on their research topic: presenting their research to teachers, students, and historians
  • Achieving success
    -The shy student gains confidence when speaking about a topic he/she has researched
    -The apathetic student gains passion by choosing a topic of personal interest
    -The high achieving student increases his/her ability to articulate their learning through presentation
All students are winners in the National History Day Program!

Attention Participating NHD Teachers:   Please help us to determine the full reach of NHD by telling us how many teachers and students in your school are participating during the 2013-14 school year.  The survey takes less than five minutes to complete.  We appreciate your time and support of NHD.  Thanks.



Behring Leadership Corner

See how teachers use NHD in their classrooms.

Teachers and NHD

See what teachers have to say about their experiences with National History Day.

Top Ten Reasons to participate in National History Day

1. Teaches History

2. Engages Students

3. Energizes the Curriculum

4. Promotes High Academic Standards

5. Encourages Literacy

6. Enhances Assessment

7. Teaches Critical Thinking

8. Inspires Curiosity

9. Recognizes the Student Strengths

10. Activates Civic Engagement