NATIONAL HISTORY DAY JOINS LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TEACHING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES CONSORTIUM
National History Day® (NHD) is pleased to announce its selection by the Library of Congress to receive funds and create new materials for the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program.
NHD is one of four organizations chosen to receive funding to develop new teaching materials and professional opportunities that support and promote the effective use of digitized Library of Congress primary sources in U.S. classrooms, and classrooms around the world. Joining NHD in these efforts as creation partners will be the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Right Question Institute.
NHD’s project will identify and prepare a cohort of master teachers to create and test a guide for developing historical arguments using Library of Congress primary sources. The guide, suitable for use by teachers at the middle and high school levels, will support the creation of a variety of student research projects, including documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites. NHD will distribute both print and online versions of the guide and will feature best practices for its implementation in a four-module teacher webinar series.
“We are grateful to be selected by the Library of Congress as creation partners for this valuable project, and are honored to be joining the esteemed organizations of the Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “This is a prime opportunity to use the vast, unmatched collection of the Library’s primary source materials to furnish educators with the guidance they need to teach students the skills of legitimate historical research, analysis, and argumentation. In the guide they develop, our master teachers will marshal the critical steps required in understanding how best to use the Library’s resources to hone the most important tool in a student historian’s tool belt: a strong argument, thoroughly supported by research-based evidence. We hope this guide will serve as a prized resource in the Teaching with Primary Sources canon.”
NHD will begin the recruitment and application process for the master teacher cohort in the forthcoming months. Once selected, this group of master teachers from around the country, and potentially the world, will work directly with NHD and Library of Congress staff to create and craft the new teacher guide featuring compelling selections from the Library’s wealth of primary source collections. This work will include travel to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC for advanced training and on-site writing and development workshops.