Classroom Connection

National History Day Programs Work in Any Classroom

In today’s educational climate, with so much pressure from outside the classroom, many teachers are wary of fitting anything else into their classroom curriculum. National History Day (NHD) is a program that can be integrated into any middle or high school level classroom. NHD is an outstanding example of project-based or inquiry-based learning. Educators who teach research skills, engage students in higher order thinking skills, and ask students to submit a project for assessment find NHD to be the perfect tool. NHD uses an annual theme to guide student research. This provides a focus for teaching research and historical content in the classroom. Many teachers incorporate the theme into their everyday teaching, asking students to look for a relationship to the theme in each classroom lesson.

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NHD Programs

Professional Development: NHD offers a variety of learning opportunities for teachers, students, and parents. Click here to learn more about our virtual offerings: NHD graduate courses, webinars, and Google+ Hangouts.  Did you miss a webinar?  Not a problem – we archive them here.  We also present at conferences – watch for information here as well.


NoodleTools: NHD and NoodleTools partner together to bring teachers and students the opportunity to organize their research. Teachers can sign up and receive account access for all of their students to help complete their NHD projects. NoodleTools can help students track their sources, take notes, organize their ideas, and create their annotated bibliographies. The program allows the teacher to see the progress the students have made and offer direct electronic feedback.

Teacher Recognition: Teachers are the backbone of NHD.  Every year we recognize and celebrate teachers across all of our affiliates.