National History Day (NHD) is a great program to help students in grades 6-12 practice research and critical thinking skills, elements important to their future in the workplace and school. This workshop is for teachers who have worked with the NHD program before as well as those who would like to learn about it for the first time.
Workshop activities will be geared to differing levels of prior experience with NHD. In general, though, teachers will learn what NHD is and how it aligns with Pennsylvania Core Standards. Representatives from over twenty of Philadelphia’s cultural institutions will share their resources for student research. In addition, Elissa Goldberg, middle school teacher and librarian and HSP's Beneficial NHD Teacher Fellow, will share how she has successfully implemented the program. There will be examples of past student projects to inspire involvement, and refreshments will be served.
For the fourth year in a row, HSP will be hosting the citywide kick-off program for NHD Philly, thanks to the generous support of the Beneficial Foundation.
NHD is actually a year-long educational program proven to increase test scores and thinking skills for the thousands of middle and high school students from across the United States who participate. Each year students chose topics related to a theme. The theme for for National History Day 2015 is Leadership and Legacy in History. Click here for topics related to this theme for which HSP has wonderful sources.