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I’m a new NHD Teacher….HELP!


Are you a new (or newer) NHD teacher? Maybe you picked up someone’s program or you are starting a new program or at a new school. Help is here!  Join Lynne O’Hara, NHD’s Director of Programs, and veteran NHD teachers from Iowa, New Mexico, and Mississippi to get help, advice, or just get started for the 2014-2015 school year.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time: 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Open to:  all NHD teachers

To register, click HERE


Coming Soon!

Teaching with Photographs and Prints

Library of Congress



Education Specialists from the Library of Congress are offering a free webinar to model primary source analysis strategies for educators and to discuss the impact this can have on instruction.
By analyzing a visual image, students can discover more than just the image’s content-they can also begin to explore its context. Analyzing images lets students discover new topics for exploration, and also build visual literacy skills that they can apply not only to primary sources, but to anything they see.
Education experts from the Library will discuss the power of images, model how to analyze photographs and prints, and demonstrate how to find images from the Library of Congress.


Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time: 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Open to: all NHD teachers, students, parents, and coordinators

To register, click HERE




Coming Soon!


Using National Endowment for the HumanitiesResources for Leadership and Legacy in History

Featuring The Roosevelts: An Intimate History


Connect with NEH’s EDSITEment staff and education experts to discover resourcesthat expand and deepen your students’ understanding of leadership and legacy. Eleanor, Theodore, and Franklin Roosevelt were three of the most influential leaders of twentieth century America. Together their legacy redefined the relationship Americans have with their government and with the world. Greg Timmons will show how film clips, lessons plans, and primary source from the series The Roosevelts (which recently aired on PBS) and from EDSITEment can be used in your classroom and for your students’ NHD projects. In addition, an NHD teacher will show how Chronicling America can be used to help students find great primary sources for NHD projects.

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time: 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Open to:  all NHD teachers

To register, click HERE


Coming Soon

Using Primary and Secondary Sources Effectively


You asked for it, we got it for you! Featur­ing an introduction from David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States of America, education specialists and archivists from the National Archives and the White House Historical Association, this webinar will address the differences in primary and secondary sources, how to use primary sources, how to find primary sources, and what judges are looking for in annotated bibliographies and process papers.


Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Time: 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Open to:  all NHD teachers, students, parents, and coordinators

To register, click HERE


Can’t make some of these dates? No problem!National History Day will post videos and resources from these webinars our our website (www.nhd.org/webinars.htm). Check back and watch the videos at your convenience!


Resources VDOE

Civil Rights Education

Outside Resources

Professional Development

  • Geography Connects – a series of self-paced courses for Virginia teachers taught by Dr. Don Zeigler, professor of geography at Old Dominion University; may be taken to earn recertification points or for graduate credit
  • Virginia Government Matters  – a free online teaching and learning resource highlighting active citizen involvement, the impact of state and local government on daily life, and how individuals shape their communities in the Commonwealth.
  • Online U.S. History Course: Hidden in Plain Sight – an online U.S. history course created for teachers. This course may be taken for recertification points or for graduate credit. 45 Recertification Points Participants
  • Virginia Studies: Thinking Historically about Virginia – an online course for teachers may be taken for recertification points or for graduate credit.

FYI- VIRGINIA Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessment

  • SOL Sample Items – Sample items that reflect the increased rigor and higher cognitive level items that appear on the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning tests.


Above Courtesy Virginia Department of Education:


State Dept Scholarships


The U.S. Department of State Announces

Scholarships for American High School

Students to Study Abroad


The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.   The application deadline for summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 programs is October 30, 2014. Visit www.nsliforyouth.orgfor more information.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers  merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2015-16 programs are due January 7, 2015.  Visit www.yes-abroad.org for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in Germany.  The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/.

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visitwww.exchanges.state.gov or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges.   To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to youthprograms@state.gov.

For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student.  Learn more at http://hosting.state.gov

National Geographic Bee

National Geographic Bee 

The National Geographic Bee is a competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS). Schools with students in any of the grades 4-8 are eligible for this educational and entertaining contest. Registration is not open to individual students.


To register, use this site:  www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/


For more information contact Linda Poff lpoff@concord.edu


Time Sensitive!- iCivics

Dear Civic Educator,


Justice O’Connor’s iCivics needs to recruit 30 teachers by next week, or at least 1,000 students total, to playtest the popular game Argument Wars for testing with GlassLab. The purpose is to get information so we can help make assessments to go with games. Here is a snapshot of what we are after:

  • 30 – 35 teachers total (first come, first serve) which should be about a total of about 1200 kids
  • Teachers should have at least 35 kids (amongst many classes would be fine)
  • We want about 5 teachers per grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Students need to have access to computers for about 2 hours total between 9/29 and 10/24.

You will be testing a new assessment feature embedded in Argument Wars. You’ll have access to innovative reports about how your students performed in the game, your students will learn about landmark Supreme Court cases — and you’ll get a certificate of participation from iCivics!


Interested? RSVP to Alison Atwater (alison.atwater@icivics.org) by 9/17/14. But hurry… participants are limited to 5 teachers per grade level and it’s first come first serve. Let Alison know if you have further questions.


Thank you so much!


Erin Braun

Director of Outreach

iCivics, Inc.

email: erin.braun@icivics.org


2001 S Street, NW Suite 400

Washington, DC 20009

Direct Line: 202-618-9398


Literacy in Social Studies

Social Studies IS literacy.…  Since Literacy is one of the FIVE STRANDS in our standards, it reflects how our content area meshes so well with this initiative.  5 Standards of Social Studies- LITERACY!  We need to continue to emphasize Literacy in our classes, as our discipline is “counted on” to support Literacy across the curriculum.   We use primary & secondary documents as our foundation,  and our lessons can impact learning throughout the year.  Continue to emphasize reading and writing in our content area to allow our subject to be relevant and realistic to learners.   Have students involved in writing in our content to support our standards, as we “write to learn.”  As we have long known, no matter the subject, everyone is a reading teacher!   In our schools social studies teachers are encouraged to mesh what we do with the English Language Arts teachers as their new standards contain documents rooted in history.  This will be  great opportunity for us to work across the curriculum to maximize literacy with all of our students!  Here are some materials to use as a resource in advancing literacy in your classes.

Social Studies-Teaching Reading Comprehension through Social Studies Readings

History:Social Studies | Grade 6-8

History:Social Studies-Grade 9-10

History:Social Studies | Grade 11-12


One driving force for us is social studies is to genuinely incorporate Document Based Questions (DBQ’s) into our lesson flow.  With the new evaluation system now in place when we use DBQs it will punctuate and drive learning as well as being a great tool for us to  provide evidence of the great things you are doing with your learners.   Resources can be found at https://wvsocialstudies.com/dbq/

DBQ Resource page

Document Based Questions

WVDE Social Studies Development:

The Social Studies portion of WESTEST 2 includes 45 items per grade level.  Each test is comprised of 45 multiple-choice items, including               one Document Based Question (DBQ).  The DBQ consists of 4 to 8 documents with 6 to 8 accompanying multiple-choice items designed                 to scaffold knowledge and skill levels.  Each of the tests includes at least 2 graphic organizers to assist student thinking.  Approximately 900      items were written and reviewed for the final form selection of WESTEST 2.  Items were written using the specific                                                   Social Studies Item Writing Checklist.


Document-Based Questions – DBQ

Introduction – What are DBQ’s?

Course I

Historical Records: what, why, where and how.
A brief course on using historical records in the classroom.

Course II


  • Understand how document-based questions assess standards and performance indicators in the Learning Standards for Social Studies.
  • Gain knowledge of strategies for preparing students to write strong responses to DBQs.
  • Investigate processes and procedures for creating effective DBQ assessments.
  • Understand processes and procedures for rating DBQ essays.