History Day Workshops

Summer Workshop

July 24-27 2023: "E Pluribus Unum: History and Impact of German-Russian Immigrants to North Dakota" is a free workshop that will explore the immigration of Euro-Americans to ND, push/pull factors for settling here, cultures brought with, and the connections between past and modern immigration. The workshop will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck and includes visits to the State Archives, Welk Homestead State Historic Site, and stops along the German-Russian Country Talking Trail. The workshop will equip teachers to deliver ND Studies curriculum, conduct National History Day competitions in schools, and effectively teach with primary resources. Teachers will walk away with content and lessons for the upcoming school year. Graduate credit is available for a fee. 
Learn more about the workshop and register here. 
For more information, contact Laura Forde, Education Engagement Manager at ljforde@nd.gov


History Day

Available On Demand: History Day 101 is a great entry point for educators new to the program. Learn about the fundamentals and framework of the History Day program, implementation strategies, support resources, program benefits, how contests work, and see sample projects. History Day staff can visit your school either in-person or virtually to introduce the National History Day in North Dakota program to your fellow educators and/or students. Invite us to speak at a teacher in-service day, meet with your PLC, or participate in other professional development opportunities. Contact ndstudies@nd.gov to schedule a free session. 

Virtual Office Hours: Starting Fall 2024, we are also offering virtual office hours bi-weekly. During these sessions the NHD process will be reviewed and the state coordinator will be available to answer questions. Office hour sessions will be recorded and added to a public google drive for later viewing. All sessions will take place from 3:30-4:30 pm CST. Sign up here for reminders

9/18/2023 What is National History Day and Annual theme
10/2/2023 Topic Guide and Conducting research
10/16/2023 Thinking Historically: Context, impact, and significance
10/30/2023 Making a thesis
11/13/2023 Sources into claims & evidence
11/27/2023 Annotated bibliography
12/11/2023 Finance for travel
1/8/2024 Picking a project
1/22/2024 Written materials
2/5/2024 Judging
2/19/2024 Online registration
3/4/2024 Resource review
3/18/2024 Using Feedback

Advanced Topics

Available On Demand: Topics for advanced teacher workshops vary but include curriculum planning, guiding students through research projects, analyzing primary and secondary sources, evaluating web sources, running school and regional contests, and other special topics determined annually. Category specific topics include a focus on papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites. Contact ndstudies@nd.gov to schedule a free session. 


Additional Resources

Classroom Visits: History Day staff can visit your classroom either in person or online to introduce the National History Day in North Dakota program to your students.

E-Newsletter: Sign up to receive our quarterly educator newsletter.

National History Day Workshops: Workshops and other professional development opportunities are also available online and in-person directly through the National History Day program

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