Welcome back to a brand new school year! First let me start by saying, Connecticut History Day (CHD) is continuing. I have received many emails concerned about the future of CHD. Due to the recent budget cuts that eliminated state funding for Connecticut Humanities, CHD lost the lion's share of its support--$50,000--for the 2016-2017 year. The Connecticut Public Affairs Network (which has managed CHD for the past five years) remains determined to ensure that this very important academic program continues. We’ve already started raising money by conducting an online appeal (to donate go to the home page at www.historydayct.org) and we welcome your ideas and suggestions for other ways to raise support for CHD.
This post is the first in a new feature on the CHD website—a blog. While mostly targeted to educators, students are welcome to read and participate. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible for you and to alert you to opportunities and resources for you and your students. I will be posting at least once a month as will our 2016 NHD Behring Teacher Ambassador, Sharon Wlodarzyck. We will also have guest posts from other educators, and CHD participants and alumni. Feel free to send in questions you would like answered.
One of the comments I most often hear is “I didn’t know about that!” So make sure to stay up to date on all CHD information by liking the CHD Facebook page and checking out the website at www.historydayct.org. You can sign up to be on the CHD eblast list by clicking a link at the very bottom of the website’s home page. There is also a page on the CHD website entitled “Educator Resources.” We already have posted a great list of CT topics for 2017, an updated Student Guide, and information about this year’s 2017 NHD Theme, Taking a Stand in History. Later this month, a revised CHD Educators Handbook will be released.
National History Day (NHD), has a lot of wonderful resources too! Check out their website (www.nhd.org) and Facebook page. National staff conducts online webinars and then posts them online for viewing. The most recent webinar covered the theme of Taking a Stand in History and can be viewed at https://www.nhd.org/taking-stand-history. NHD also has an official Youtube channel and this year they have posted a 4-part video series for new NHD teachers.
We are here to help you and your students have a successful CHD experience. Thank you all for your dedication and support of History Day!