The National History Day program provides teachers with an innovative teaching tool that instills important skills in a fun and engaging format.
History Day requires students to do the job of a historical detective. Participants must delve into primary sources, develop original historical conclusions, and present their work in a creative form. In short, National History Day is designed to revolutionize the teaching and learning of history. It also aligns with Common Core Standards.
History Day is not a contest, it’s a year-long learning experience that helps students discover skills of research, time management, group collaboration, historical analysis, and many other skills. National History Day published a report that details some findings on areas where students improve through participation in a History Day project.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to see the answers to teacher questions such as “Is there a sample timeline?” “How do I use this in a virtual setting?” and more.
- Teacher Meetings
Our meetings will follow you along in the History Day process and create a space for discussion among new and seasoned teachers. We aim for 45 minutes and you are welcome to drop in at any time. Use the links in the schedule below to register for upcoming meetings.
Date Topic Wednesday, January 20 at 4pm Preparing for School-Level Showcases Wednesday, February 17 at 4pm Coaching Students to Use Feedback Wednesday, March 17 at 4pm Preparing Students for the State Contest Wednesday, April 28 at 4pm Reflections and Jamboard Session: How to Up Our Game for Next Year Thursday, April 29 at 7pm Community Conversation: History Day and the Culturally Responsive Project Thursday, May 13 at 7pm Community Conversation Part 2: History Day Contest Equity Monday, May 24 at 5pm NHD for ELs Info Session
- Teacher Webinars
Maryland History Day outreach staff produce pre-recorded webinars on our YouTube channel. See below for a link to the Maryland History Day playlist!