Explore resources for integrating the award-winning project-based curriculum National History Day into 6th to 12th grade classrooms.
National History Day is a career and college readiness program for 6th to 12th graders. Come to the Kick-Off program hosted at HSP to learn how it helps students develop research, literacy, presentation, and critical thinking skills. NHD participation has been proven to increase test scores and critical thinking skills for the thousands of middle and high school students from across the United States.
At the Kick-Off, you will have a chance to learn more about how to integrate the program into your classroom and the details of this year’s theme: Triumph and Tragedy in History. You will also have to opportunity to meet representatives from many of the libraries and museums that will are available to assist your students throughout the school year.
This year, we are thrilled to announce our Keynote speaker is Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs for National History Day. Her keynote speech is titled “Engaging Students with Hamilton’s Content and Methods,” in which she will discuss how you can take some inspiration from the hit musical Hamilton to inspire students to think historically and learn some techniques that can be applied to an NHD performance.
This free workshop is organized to have information for teachers new to NHD as well as veterans. In fact, if you have not done NHD before, you will receive a NHD T-Shirt as well as be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon card. If you are a teacher experienced with NHD and bring in a teacher new to it, you too will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon card.
4:00 Registration and Refreshments
Cultural Partners Fair - Chat with representatives from over 20 museums and special collection libraries in the region to learn about their resources for you and your students
Student projects - Meet students from Constitution High and Masterman as they showcase their winning projects from spring 2018 and chat with Liz Taylor of Masterman, a NHD Philly Teacher of the Year, about how she implements the program in her classroom
5:00 Keynote presentation: Engaging Students with Hamilton’s Content and Methods - Lynne O'Hara of National History Day will show how you can take some inspiration from the hit musical Hamilton to inspire your students to think historically and learn some techniques you can apply to an NHD performance for #NHD2019.
5:45 Breakout sessions:
NHD Philly 2019: Andrea Reidell, Program Chair, NHD Philly, will review rules, deadlines, and the mechanics of NHD Philly
Embedding NHD in your Classroom- Lynne O’Hara discusses techniques to embed NHD in your classroom. We will talk about ways to mitigate challenges posed by administrators, parents, and students themselves.
The “Real World” of NHD Philly: Hear from NHD Teachers of the Year and Students - Fran Gold of Constitution High and Christy Halcom of Julia De Borgos both past NHD Philly Teachers of the Year will share how they successfully implement NHD into their curriculum. Some of Christy's students who went to the State Competition will share their projects as well.
For more informatian about NHD Philly, visit http://www.ushistory.org/nhdphilly/.