WASHINGTON, D.C.—National History Day® (NHD) is pleased to announce the selection of ten master teachers who will create a valuable new classroom resource. This guide will be the newest addition to the wealth of materials provided by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium for educators in the United States and around the globe.

Over the next several months, the cohort of master teachers will work directly with NHD and Library of Congress staff to create and test this new guide which will present the processes for successful student research and the formation of strong, cogent historical arguments. In its lesson plans for practical application, the guidebook will feature primary sources from the vast collections of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. The teachers’ experience will include travel to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for advanced training and on-site writing and development workshops.

Suitable for use by teachers at the middle and high school levels, the new guide 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 present a four-module teacher webinar series to feature best practices for the guide’s implementation.

“These educators bring years of incomparable classroom and project-based teaching experience,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “I know they will elevate this opportunity to showcase the Library’s primary source collections and provide their peers around the world with a coveted new teaching tool. We are grateful for this opportunity to work with the Library of Congress as creation partners for this valuable project.”

Applications for this program were submitted by 65 educators from across the United States, and the final cohort of ten teachers was selected by a committee of National History Day and Library of Congress staff members. The educators chosen for the program represent Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

The following teachers have been selected:

Mrs. Erin Coggins
Sparkman High School
Harvest, Alabama

Ms. Melissa Lawson
Folsom Middle School
Folsom, California

Ms. Aditi Doshi
High Tech Los Angeles
Van Nuys, California

Mrs. Jean Molloy
Irving A. Robbins Middle School
Farmington, Connecticut

Dr. Lisa Prueter
Newark Charter School
Newark, Delaware

Ms. Amy Trenkle
Alice Deal Middle School
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Wendy Harris
Metro Deaf School
St. Paul, Minnesota

Mr. Brian Weaver
Central Bucks High School West
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Ms. Liz Taylor
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mrs. Jill Berge
Lake Washington High School
Kirkland, Washington

About National History Day® (NHD):
NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.

About the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program:
For more than a decade, the Teaching with Primary Sources program has provided extensive professional development opportunities for educators and enabled the creation and dissemination of teaching materials focused on using the Library’s digitized primary sources.

About the Library of Congress:
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.


Colleen Kennedy
Communications Director
Phone: 301-405-0536
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