National History Day Graduate Course Available!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) announced this morning that it will offer an online graduate course, Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework, in September 2014. The course is geared toward secondary teachers and librarians who want to implement a project-based curriculum into secondary classrooms using the framework of the NHD program. Participating educators will earn three graduate credits from the University of San Diego while creating classroom-ready materials customized to the needs of their students.

For the last 30 years, NHD has developed materials, lessons, and summer institutes to help teachers improve their content knowledge and their strategies for working with students. Through this graduate program, NHD wants to expand and support these professional development opportunities for educators across the nation and around the world. The course will provide practical advice as well as pedagogical strategies.

“National History Day firmly believes that ongoing teacher professional development is the best way to improve the quality of education that our student’s receive,” said NHD Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “This course is designed to aide teachers in their efforts to engage, educate, and improve student achievement at the classroom, college, and career levels.”

The course offers teachers an asynchronous learning environment that allows teachers flexibility to complete course work at times that are most convenient for them. The course will run from September 15, 2014 to December 15, 2014, and costs $600 for tuition and materials. Registration will close on Friday, August 15, 2014. Educators can register for the Introduction to Project-Based Learning Using the National History Day Curriculum Framework course online at


NHD is a non-profit education organization based out of College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million primary and secondary students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into local affiliate contests, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the national competition at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by the HISTORY, Kenneth E. Behring, Weider History Group, Inc., WEM Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Southwest Airlines. For more information about NHD, visit

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