Professional Development

National History Day® seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities for educators. These include: Webinars, YouTube Live videos, Summer Institutes, Teacher Workshops, and Teacher Newsletters.

Online courses for teachers!

Webinars and Videos
Summer Institutes
Teacher Workshops
Online Education
Webinars and Videos

National History Day hosts multiple webinars throughout the year talking about resources and tips for teaching and learning history. See upcoming events below and scroll down for videos of past events.

Upcoming Events
November 4, 2019 at 7PM ET
NHDWebCentral Demonstration
Register here!


Past Events
October 15, 2019 at 7PM ET
"Chronicling and Mapping the Women's Suffrage Movement," from the NEH & EDSITEment
Watch on YouTube

September 10, 2019 at 7PM ET
Breaking Barriers in History theme webinar
Watch on YouTube
Watch filmmaker Ken Burns's curated Breaking Barriers playlist for ideas and inspiration HERE.

October 3, 2017 at 7PM ET
Conflict & Compromise Resources with the NEH and the Smithsonian Learning Lab
Watch on YouTube
Watch on SchoolTube

Conflict & Compromise in History 2018 Theme Introduction Webinar
Watch on YouTube
Watch on SchoolTube

2017 Ask the NEH Experts Series
View the YouTube playlist here.

HELP! I'm a New NHD Teacher... What did I get myself into?
View the YouTube playlist here.

Taking A Stand in History 2017 Theme Introduction Webinar
Watch on YouTube
Watch on SchoolTube


Summer Institutes
Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific

Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners, provides an exceptional opportunity for 16 student/teacher teams to study World War II in the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawai’i, in summer 2020.

Teams are comprises of one teacher (grades 6-12) and one student (grades 10 or 11). Teams need to be available for travel from June 24- July 1, 2020. The program will begin in January with required online course work and continue after summer travel with the completion of the Silent Hero for publication on www.NHDSilentHeroes.org. Applications will be accepted through midnight ET December 2, 2019.

Click here to learn more and apply.


Library of Congress Master Teacher Program

Working in conjunction with the team at the Library of Congress, NHD is soliciting applications for a master teacher program. This master teacher program will incorporate advanced training both virtually and on-site at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The training will help teachers develop an advanced knowledge of the Library’s resources as well as historical argumentation. Master teachers will help to create new teacher resources, including a teacher guidebook that supports student research and historical argumentation using Library of Congress materials.

Click here to learn more and apply.


Memorializing the Fallen

Memorializing the Fallen provided an opportunity for middle and high school teachers to study World War I in 2018 and 2019. These programs were sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, Pritzker Military Foundation, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the National Cemetery Administration, and the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Click here to view the Silent Hero Profiles, Veteran Profiles, and Lesson Plans created in this program.


Understanding Sacrifice

Understanding Sacrifice is an opportunity for 18 middle and high school teachers to study the experiences of America’s World War II soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines across Northern Europe. This program is funded by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), it contains multi-disciplinary lesson plans to help teachers and students understand the sacrifices made by America’s armed forces.

Learn More

Visit Understanding Sacrifice

Teacher Workshops

NHD state/affiliate coordinators offer teacher workshops throughout the year. Please contact your state/affiliate coordinator for information.

National History Day® can provide customized week-long teacher institutes or one to three day workshops correlated to state standards and assessment models. Please contact us for more information.

Online Education

Revolutionize your classroom with National History Day (NHD)! NHD is continuing to expand its online graduate courses for middle and high school teachers and librarians who want to implement a project-based curriculum into their classrooms using the framework of the NHD program.

All NHD courses provide practical advice as well as pedagogical strategies.

Teachers 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. Teachers will work on independently-paced modules with pre-set deadlines. This allows a teacher to complete his or her work at any time of day from anywhere in the world.

NHD Online Education Flyer

Download this flyer about upcoming NHD online graduate credit courses.

https://www.nhd.org/sites/default/files/GradClass.compressed_0.pdf
National History Day® Newsletter

Every month NHD creates and distributes an email newsletter.

NHD Online Education Flyer

Download this flyer about upcoming NHD online graduate credit courses.