Professional Development

National History Day® seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities for educators. These include: Webinars, Google+ Hangouts, 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
September 12, 2018 at 7PM ET
Triumph & Tragedy in History theme webinar
Register here!


Past Events
October 3, 2017 at 7PM ET
Conflict & Compromise Resources with the NEH and the Smithsonian Learning Lab
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Conflict & Compromise in History 2018 Theme Introduction Webinar
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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
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Summer Institutes
Memorializing the Fallen

Memorializing the Fallen provides an opportunity for 18 middle and high school teachers to study World War I through several lenses:

  • The individual experience of America’s World War I soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines. Teachers will research the story of one Silent Hero® and learn about his or her individual experience.
  • The military experience of the American Expeditionary Force and its role in ending the conflict.
  • The collective experience of how art and architecture memorialize the sacrifice and the role that these memorials play in international relations.

Teachers selected will work over the course of the program to create multi-disciplinary lesson plans to help teachers and students learn about the legacies of World War I and the ways in which it impacted the twentieth century. Teachers will research the life of a Silent Hero buried in Europe and offer a eulogy of this person as part of the institute.

Teachers need to be available for travel from June 18 - June 29, 2019 (dates tentative). The program will begin in January with required online course work and continue after summer travel with the completion of the lesson plans and profiles on the chosen Silent Hero. Teachers will also participate in a program called Who They Were, which focuses on the World War I home front.

Apply here!


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.