Washington, D.C.—Today National History Day (NHD) published its schedule of online graduate courses for teachers through summer 2017. From an Introduction to Project Based Learning to Conducting Historical Research, these courses are designed to provide educators with the tools needed to implement project-based learning unique to the National History Day Contest. A full listing of the courses is available at

A national assessment of participation in the National History Day Contest found that NHD students outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including science, reading, math and social studies. The same study also found that National History Day participation generates more civically engaged students who express a greater confidence in a variety of career- and college-ready skills such as writing, researching, and public speaking. More information on the study and its findings is available at

“Educators are consistently asking us how they can more effectively implement the project-based learning that is central to the National History Day Contest,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “These courses provide that knowledge by presenting the tools and training necessary to bring proven educational benefits to their classrooms.”

Course participants have the option of earning a certificate of professional development hours or (for an additional cost) graduate credit from the University of San Diego while creating classroom-ready materials customized to the needs of their students. Each course utilizes independently-paced modules with pre-set deadlines. This allows educators to complete the work at any time of day from anywhere in the world. Registration for the summer courses opens March 1, 2016 and closes June 10, 2016.

About National History Day: NHD is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit

Lynne O'Hara
Director of Programs
Phone: 484-919-2595
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