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!
Outreach Coordinator Grace Leatherman 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. Resource teachers and administrators can schedule professional development sessions for their teachers by contacting Grace through the forms below.
Teaching with Primary Sources
Inquiry Kits for Social Studies and History Units
Explore this collection of inquiry kits that allows students to select a research topic of interest and evaluate themed primary sources from the Library of Congress. From life in the early American colonies to the modern-day role of the United States, the inquiry kits examine social studies/history themes and align to Maryland curriculum units.
Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, Maryland Humanities and Maryland Public Television developed the Teaching with Primary Sources Inquiry Kits and Research Learning Modules to support K-12 educators and students.
Maryland Humanities Summer Teacher Institutes
Through a grant from the Library of Congress, Maryland Humanities is pleased to offer the following Teaching with Primary Sources summer institutes. Please apply for one of the following institutes. Space is limited, and successful applicants will be notified.
Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning: A Summer Institute at Salisbury University: July 10-14
- Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, Maryland Humanities presents a free Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institute at Salisbury University. K-12 teachers are invited to join Maryland History Day staff and Salisbury University faculty from July 10th to July 14th for a hands-on research experience. We will focus on making historical research accessible to all learners. Choose a research topic and explore primary sources from the Library of Congress and the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Explore local history at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and the Assateague Island National Seashore. Attend a Chautauqua living history performance at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and complete your own mini research project to take back to your classroom. Learn about free teaching resources including TPS Primary Source Inquiry Kits developed in partnership with Maryland Humanities, Maryland Public Television, and the Maryland State Department of Education. Participants will receive three MSDE credits and complimentary breakfast and lunch every day, as well as a $50 travel stipend. Three graduate credits will be available for an additional fee. On-campus housing will be available for $30 a night.
Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning: A Hybrid Summer Institute at the National Archives in College Park: July 24-28
- Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, Maryland Humanities presents a free Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institute at the National Archives at College Park, MD. K-12 teachers are invited to join us from July 24th to July 28th for a hands-on research experience. We will focus on making historical research accessible to all learners. Participants will spend three days at the archives, and will participate remotely for two days. Choose a research topic and explore primary sources from the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Explore Archives II, work with electronic resources, learn about the National History Day 2018 theme, and complete your own mini research project to take back to your classroom. Learn about teaching resources including DocsTeach and TPS Primary Source Inquiry Kits developed in partnership with Maryland Humanities, Maryland Public Television, and the Maryland State Department of Education. Participants will receive three MSDE credits and complimentary breakfast and lunch every day. Please note that if you took a National Archives Teacher Institute last summer, you may not receive the MSDE credit twice.
|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.||8 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 Coordinator Grace Leatherman.
Discuss tips for developing topics, research, writing theses, and creating projects.
|45-90 minutes. Also available as an all day workshop.|