In the summer of 2022, NHD kicked off its programming to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with a live teacher institute in Providence, Rhode Island. Partnering with the Rhode Island Historical Society, NHD developed this week-long institute, Revolutionary Ideals, engaging 30 teachers. The program focused on Revolutionary ideals, exploring the ideals of the time and considering how they were (or were not) practiced or applied fully.

The teachers who participated in the 2022 summer teacher institute worked collaboratively to create lesson plans relating to the founding ideals of the revolutionary era. All supporting materials (graphic organizers, rubrics, etc.) and primary source documents are available for free download on National History Day’s website (

NHD thanks Tom Lauer and the Dr. Scholl Foundation for their generous support of this program and publication.

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