Teacher Professional Development

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Get a jump on the 2018-2019 school year and contest season by attending one (or more) of four teacher professional development sessions offered by National History Day® during the National Contest. Bring your own laptop and leave each session with strategies and materials to put into your classroom in September! Certificates of professional development will be offered. You can register for these programs when you register to attend the National Contest. The cost is $50 for one day of sessions or $90 for both days of sessions.


Monday, June 11, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018

Triumph & Tragedy at the World's Most Famous Address
9:00 - 11:30 a.m., Shoemaker 2102
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is one of the most famous addresses in the world. At this location in Washington, D.C. sits the White House, where the president of the United States lives and works. For over two hundred years, the Executive Mansion has experienced many moments of both triumph and tragedy. Join the White House Historical Association for an interactive session to explore the history of the building as a transformative symbol in the development of American freedom, leadership, and democracy. Using historical examples, participants will learn how White House events provide a unique lens for National History Day projects. Attendees will leave with inquiry-based tools and new digital resources to use in their classrooms.

Presenters: Ms. Joanna Capps and Ms. Whitney Hayne, White House Historical Association


Primary Sources for World History Teachers
1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Shoemaker 2102
In this workshop for educators, a Library of Congress education specialist will model a variety of strategies for using World History-related primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Through a series of inquiry-based classroom activities, educators will work with facsimiles of Mesoamerican artifacts, Cuneiform tablets, European maps, paintings, and other resources from the Library’s collections. All of these items are digitized and freely available online for teachers to use with their students after the session.

Presenter: Mr. Matthew Poth, Library of Congress


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Triumph and Tragedy in the Vietnam War
9:15 – 10:15 a.m., Shoemaker 2102
Staff from the National Endowment for the Humanities will offer a fast-paced one-hour session on the NHD 2019 theme, Triumph and Tragedy in History, using NEH-funded resources on the Vietnam War. The workshop will introduce teachers to EDSITEment and its new resources related to the Vietnam War. During this session, teacher participants will explore these resources, discuss their relevance for the 2019 theme, and brainstorm ways to incorporate them into the classroom. All teachers are welcome at this session!

This is a free session available to all teachers.

Presenter: Ms. Julia Nguyen National Endowment for the Humanities


Teaching Through the Lens of Peace
10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Shoemaker 2102
Tired of teaching through the lens of war? In this Speed Learning Session, you will discover resources from the U.S. Institute of Peace to rethink how you teach conflict and help students envision a more peaceful world and their role in building it. After a brief introduction to USIP and its work, participants will engage in an interactive exercise from USIP’s core curriculum guide, the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators, to explore their understanding of conflict. Participants will receive an introduction to examples of positive conflict from history and current events, considering examples that resonate with their own class content. They will delve into two critical tools that will enable them to teach about conflict through a “peacebuilding lens,” and practice using these tools to analyze the historical and ongoing violent conflict in South Sudan portrayed in a short video. Finally, participants will identify ways to rethink conflict in their own classrooms. Everyone who attends will receive a flash drive containing the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators and additional resources from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Presenter: Ms. Megan Chabalowski U.S. Institute of Peace


Teaching Triumph & Tragedy in History
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Shoemaker 2102
Join Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs, for a presentation of the 2019 Triumph & Tragedy in History theme. Following that, Lynne will explore a variety of ways to launch the theme in your classroom. The remainder of the session will focus on argumentation and writing strategies designed to improve the quality of NHD projects in your classroom. You will take away strategies and the materials to make them happen.

Presenter: Ms. Lynne O'Hara, Director of Programs, National History Day


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This is the schedule for both days of teacher professional development.