Every year, National History Day (NHD) releases the annual theme, and students must explore projects that relate to the theme. This year, students will be creating projects related to Conflict and Compromise in History. Many students will ask if all projects need to include a conflict and a compromise. The answer is that it really depends on the topic being explored. Many topics will have elements of both covered.
The CHD team wants you and your students to be prepared for the year and excited for National History Day, and to help with that we are offering FREE workshops. This year, “Mr. History” Tim Hoogland from National History Day in Minnesota is coming to Connecticut to lead two Educator Workshops. Join us either on Friday, October 13th at Southern Connecticut State University or Saturday, October 14th at Central Connecticut State University. These two workshops are for teachers, library media specialists, or other educators who want more information about Connecticut History Day and how to teach History Day in your classroom. Tim is a fount of NHD knowledge so we encourage all—brand new teachers, along with veterans—to join us. Participants will get practical suggestions and tips for leading their students through the History Day experience. Our Kick-Off Workshop on Saturday, October 14th at Central Connecticut State University is open to students, parents, and teachers to get you excited for the upcoming History Day season.
As educators, we think more about History Day students doing research and learning about a historical topic. Students often think more about the contest aspect of the program. NHD has a set of overall rules for participating and creating a project along rules specific to five project categories: exhibits, websites, documentaries, papers, and performances. Make sure that you and your students review the Rule Book since it will explain what is allowed and prohibited when creating a project, as well as how to create projects in each category. Sometimes reading the Rule Book is not enough, so have your students check out actual History Day project examples. Many examples of past projects can be found on the NHD website and help get a better understanding of what a National History Day project looks like.
We love hearing from teachers and students at the State Office, but our Regional Coordinators are some of the best (we may be a little biased about that) and are full of knowledge about the History Day program. Each Region has a coordinator specifically assigned to help teachers and students prepare for the Regional Contest, and you should feel free to reach out to them. Our Regional Coordinators are listed on each individual Regional Contest page of our website, as well as on our Contact page. If you ever need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to either your Regional Coordinator or the State Office, we’re always here! The State Office can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.368.0738.