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!

Webinar Series Opportunity
Summer Institutes
Teacher Workshops
Online Education
Webinar Series Opportunity

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.

Spring 2022 Opportunity
Historical Argumentation Webinar Series
Dates: December 13, 2021 to April 25, 2022
Credit: 90 professional development hours OR 3 graduate extension credits
Cost: Free
Applicants: 100 spots available for teachers and librarians in grades 6-12
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 5, 2021 at midnight ET
Description: Featuring resources from the Library of Congress, National History Day (NHD) is offering a course for teachers to focus on the skills of historical argumentation. The course will include four live webinars with an expert historian and an NHD curriculum specialist. Teachers will develop strategies to help their students think like a historian and develop a solid historical argument. Live programs are tentatively scheduled for 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT on January 5, February 9, March 9, and April 6. These dates will be confirmed with participants when the course launches in December. There are options available if you cannot attend a live program.

Registration for this program has closed. All teachers will be notified later this month.

Summer Institutes

Library of Congress Master Teacher Program (2019-2020)

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. Applications for this program are now closed.

Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific (2019-present)

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.

Teams are comprised of one teacher (grades 6-12) and one student (grades 10 or 11). 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 Applications for this program are now closed.

Click here to learn more.

Memorializing the Fallen (2019)

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 (2015-2019)

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.

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.

National History Day® Newsletter

Every month NHD creates and distributes an email newsletter.

NHD Contest Rule Book

Download the NEW National History Day Contest Rule Book, effective with the beginning of the 2020-2021 contest year.

Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources Landing Page

Looking to learning more about historical argumentation for your classroom? Visit the NHD's Library of Congress TPS landing page to learn more.