Are you a relatively new History Day teacher or a veteran in need of a refresher course? The Maryland History Day team is here to help you!
Lia Atanat is just an email away! She is happy to come visit your class to introduce Maryland History Day, or to help your students sharpen their existing skills. Request classroom outreach by contacting Lia through the form below.
Resource teachers and administrators can also schedule professional development sessions to prepare their teachers for History Day through the link below.
Current PD Opportunities
Maryland Humanities Summer Teacher Institutes
Through a grant from the Library of Congress, Maryland Humanities is excited to offer two free online Teaching with Primary Sources summer institutes.
This summer, to accommodate distance learning while balancing busy schedules and a year of Zoom fatigue, we will be pacing the Summer Institute out over the course of four weeks. Over the four weeks, we will offer a combination of weekly synchronous Zoom meetings and asynchronous independent activities.
Participants will receive three MSDE credits. Space is limited, and successful applicants will be notified. All K-12 teachers, resources teachers, and librarians are welcome to apply. This year, priority will be given to teachers of ELs. Please note that if you took Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning in the past, you may not receive the MSDE credit again.
Summer Institute with Salisbury University, July 6-27, with synchronous sessions Tuesday mornings
For our institute in partnership with Salisbury University, K–12 teachers are invited to join us for an interactive research experience with a focus on Maryland, Eastern Shore, and Delmarva history. Participants will choose a research topic and do in-depth research using online collections from the Library of Congress and the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Learn about researching local history, get familiar with the National History Day 2022 theme, and complete a mini-research project to share with your students. Discover free teaching resources including Thinkport Inquiry Kits, developed in partnership with Maryland Humanities, Maryland Public Television, and the Maryland State Department of Education.
Summer Institute with the National Archives at College Park, July 7-28, with synchronous sessions Wednesday mornings
Our institute in partnership with the National Archives at College Park, MD will welcome K–12 educators for a research experience focused on exploring the National Archives. Participants will choose a research topic and explore primary sources from the Library of Congress and the National Archives’ online collections. Work with digital resources, learn about the National History Day 2022 theme, and complete your own mini-research project to take back to your classroom. Explore free teaching resources including DocsTeach from the National Archives and Thinkport Inquiry Kits, developed in partnership with Maryland Humanities, Maryland Public Television, and the Maryland State Department of Education.
PD Opportunities through Partners
Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
Emerging America is collaborating with Maryland Humanities to run a special section of their Accessing Inquiry course for Maryland teachers. Gain strategies to support students with disabilites while exploring the history of people with disabilities through primary sources.
This course will run from July 9 to August 8, 2021. Learn more about the course in this flyer, see a sample syllabus, and register for the course on the Emerging America website. Participants can earn MSDE CPD credit.
Action Research for Primary Source Inquiry Kits
This past winter, Maryland social studies teachers participated in an action research study to help Maryland Humanities evaluate our online resources, the TPS Thinkport Inquiry Kits. Participants received training in action research, created and implemented lesson plans using the Inquiry Kits, and reflected on what methods made them successful with their students. The findings of this action research study will help inform a professional development module that we will create for the Thinkport site.
|Introduction to Maryland History Day||Teachers will learn how to implement History Day in the classroom. They will review and discuss basic information on how to use the program. Teachers will also practice analyzing primary sources from the Library of Congress.||45-90 minutes|
|Analyzing Documents through Project Based Learning: Maryland History Day in the Classroom||This 3 CPD credit online Thinkport course is an in-depth look at how to use the Maryland History Day program to increase student analysis skills. Teachers will produce a History Day project themselves, while creating a master plan for using Maryland History Day in their own classrooms.||6 weeks|
|Local Connection: Analyzing Documents in Maryland History||Available as a short session, using Library of Congress resources, or as day-long PD session with multiple local experts.||45 mins-4 hours|
|Analyzing Historical Documents with English Language Learners and Emerging Readers: Using Maryland History Day in the Classroom||Learn tips on using Maryland History Day to engage English Language Learners and Emerging Readers in document analysis. Teacher resources will be provided.||45-90 minutes|
|Primary Documents and Project Based Learning: Special Topics||Teachers will analyze Library of Congress primary sources related to one particular subject. They will discuss how to use such sources in their classroom, and how students can create projects based on primary sources.||45-90 minutes|
|Maryland History Day: Advanced||
Explore Maryland History Day in depth with Outreach staff.
Discuss tips for developing topics, research, writing theses, and creating projects.
|45-90 minutes. Also available as an all day workshop.|