Teacher Professional Development

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Get a jump on the 2017-2018 school year and contest season by attending one (or more) of four teacher professional development sessions offered by National History Day® during the National Contest. Bring your laptop or tablet and leave with strategies and materials to implement in September! Certificates of professional development will be offered. The cost is $45 for one day of professional development, or $90 for both days. Note that rooms are still being determined for these workshops. All who register will receive confirmation of room location on or before June 1, 2017.

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Monday, June 12, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017

Understanding Conflict and Compromise in History with EDSITEment & Smithsonian Learning Lab
9:15 - 10:15 a.m., Skinner 0200
Speed Learning is Back! Educators from EDSITEment and the Smithsonian will offer a fast-paced one-hour session on the NHD 2018 theme, Conflict & Compromise in History. The workshop will introduce the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a website with tools that allow teachers and students to find a wealth of visual, textual, and media resources that students may use in NHD projects. During this session, teacher participants will examine several collections of resources already developed for National History Day themes and begin to create their own collections.

This is a free session available to all teachers.

Presenters: Ms. Julia Nguyen and Mr. Joseph Phelan, National Endowment for the Humanities and Ms. Tess Porter, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access


Eagle Eye Citizen: Interactive Learning for History and Civics Classrooms
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Skinner 0200
Learn how solving and creating online challenges using Library of Congress primary sources can help students develop historical thinking skills and civic understanding with the new interactive, Eagle Eye Citizen. Bring your laptop or tablet for this hands-on exploration of Eagle Eye Citizen and leave with strategies for using this online resource in your classroom. Funded by the Library of Congress, Eagle Eye Citizen is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Presenters: Ms. Sara Collini and Mr. Nate Sleeter, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University


From Good to Great: Improving the Quality of NHD Projects in Your Classroom (Part One)
1:30 – 4:00 p.m., Skinner 0200
Join Tim Hoogland, NHD in Minnesota coordinator, and Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs for NHD, for a workshop. The workshop will offer practical advice and suggestions to help improve the overall quality of your students’ NHD projects. Part One will focus on the pedagogy behind NHD as well as the nuts and bolts of working through NHD in your classroom. You will take away strategies that you can bring into your classrooms next year (and the materials to make it happen!).

Presenters: Mr. Tim Hoogland, NHD in Minnesota Coordinator and Ms. Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs, National History Day

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Discussion with Lynn Novick
9:00 – 11:30 a.m., Shoemaker 2102
Join Lynn Novick, director and producer of THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series that will air on PBS in September 2017. The series features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. In this session Ms. Novick will share clips from the series and discuss the making of this ambitious documentary project. She will also preview teacher resources that will be available in fall 2017. Do not miss this chance to learn tips and suggestions that you can share with your NHD students!

Presenter: Ms. Lynn Novick, director and producer of THE VIETNAM WAR, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick


From Good to Great: Improving the Quality of NHD Projects in Your Classroom (Part Two)
1:30 – 4:00 p.m., Shoemaker 2102
Join Tim Hoogland, NHD in Minnesota coordinator, and Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs for NHD, for a workshop. The workshop will offer practical advice and suggestions to help improve the overall quality of your students’ NHD projects. Part Two will include an exploration of the 2018 Conflict & Compromise in History theme, best practices to help students develop projects, and a session to demystify the judging process. You will take away strategies that you can bring into your classrooms next year (and the materials to make it happen!).

Presenters: Mr. Tim Hoogland, NHD in Minnesota Coordinator and Ms. Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs, National History Day

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This is the schedule for both days of teacher professional development.