Alabama History Day provides everything teachers need to bring students on an unforgettable learning adventure that integrates with and enhances standards-based curriculum. The program taps into intrinsic motivation by allowing students to self-select topics of interest and providing a variety of choices in presentation.
Findings from the National Program Evaluation in 2011 indicated multiple benefits of participation:
• Students learn 21st century college- and career-ready skills like collaborating with a team, talking to experts, time management and perseverance.
• Students demonstrate critical thinking by digesting, analyzing and synthesizing information.
• Students outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science, math and social studies.
No matter how researchers analyzed the data—by gender, ethnicity, grade level and site—History Day participants still posted higher scores than their peers.
Our job is to facilitate the rewarding experience of participating in Alabama History Day. We have begun by creating a general walk-through for students that you, as a teacher, may find helpful as well! Below, we have provided some resources that we hope will be of use in your classrooms.
What are you waiting for? If you are new to the program and need assistance getting started, please contact Special Projects Coordinator Laura Anderson, (firstname.lastname@example.org). All comments, questions and suggestions are welcomed as we work to identify best practices for supporting educators and students participating in Alabama History Day.
The use of primary sources is foundational to every History Day project. The Library of Congress has created simple, user-friendly instructions for Using Primary Sources In The Classroom. Be sure to check out the variety of “Teacher’s Guides” customized for specific forms of media, as well as their student “Analysis Tool.”
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Colorado Department of Education collaborated with the Wisconsin Historical Society to identify connections and correlations between the Common Core State Standards and the National History Day Program.
Several teachers from across the country contributed to National History Day to create the teacher resource packets below. Included are a variety of assignments, handouts, research skills activities, tracking tools and rubrics. They are provided below in the form of a Word document and can be edited to best fit your classroom needs.
AHD Teacher Orientation workshops are an opportunity for Alabama educators to learn the intricacies of the NHD program. With the guidance of an Alabama NHD master teacher, NHD newcomers learn how to incorporate NHD into the classroom or extracurricular setting. Participating educators will receive the following:
• One-on-one mentorship with a seasoned National History Day Alabama teacher
• Presentations from historical and cultural institutions from across the state
• Resources to incorporate Alabama History Day into classroom lessons
• 3 – 4 hours of continuing education credits (CEUs)
• $75 stipend
If you are a teacher or school official and are interested in starting Alabama History Day at your school, do consider joining us on one of the dates below for what will be an engaging learning experience.
September 24, 2021
Trainer: Debbie Hester
Where: University of Alabama in Huntsville (in-person)
To register: email@example.com