Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

March 2010
National History Day logo Greetings!

It's event season! We are excited to see the many creative topics, amazing projects, and hard work of all your students. Please be sure to read below for important reminders as our regional competitions are about to begin!
 
IMPORTANT WEBSITE CATEGORY REMINDER
When turning in registration materials for a regional contest, all website students must be sure to include a printout of their website homepage with clearly visible website URL. Teachers should double check and remind their students that this needs to be the URL to their specific website. All NHD Website Editor URLs look the same - http://########.nhd.weebly.com - with a specific 8-digit number for their unique site. Students must first click the orange "Publish" button in the upper right hand corner of their site editor to take to their live site. Students should NOT password protect their sites. Only judges will be given site URLS and sites are not indexed by search engines.

Questions? Contact the state coordinator, Sarah Clement, at 608-264-6487 or Sarah.Clement@wisconsinhistory.org
Web Site Category Students
FEEDBACK ON THE WEBSITE CATEGORY?
National History Day is looking for your feedback on the website category and NHD Website Editor.
  • What were your students' experiences with the new software program? Did it meet their needs? Were any of their ideas limited by the software?
  • Did you see an increase in the number of entries at your school in the website category? If so, how did the popularity of this category compare to other categories?
  • Any other feedback on the category in general?
Please feel free to send a message to the state coordinator, Sarah Clement, who will compile responses to send to the national office.
2009 Teacher of the Year
NOMINATIONS FOR NHD TEACHER AWARDS
The national NHD office sponsors several teacher awards for participating educators across the country. Each year, Wisconsin also selects one educator as our Teacher of the Year. This educator is recognized at the State Event for their support of and contributions to National History Day and history education in the state. To nominate yourself or another educator for this honor, please contact the state coordinator.
 
Wisconsin studentsREGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR REGIONAL EVENTS
Regional events for National History Day are just around the corner. Registration forms are available on our website. Keep in mind that registration deadlines for events often fall several weeks in advance of the event date. Contact information and regional event assignments are also online.
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NATIONAL ARCHIVES AT CHICAGO WORKSHOP
The National Archives at Chicago will again offer its Primarily Teaching Summer Institute on July 12-16, 2010. As a week-long summer institute Primarily Teaching provides access to the rich resources of the National Archives at Chicago for upper elementary and secondary-level educators.

Participants will learn how to access historical records at the National Archives and investigate methods to utilize them in their classroom in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, government, and other humanities through hands-on activities and a case-study approach. Developed by curriculum specialists, historians, and archivists, the case study will utilize documents from the Chicago 7 Trial and the 1968 Democratic Convention. These experts will also be available to help you conduct your own research and devise classroom activities.

Space is limited! Primarily Teaching will cost $100.00, which includes all materials. Meals and lodging are not included. Teachers can earn continuing education credits and may receive three graduate credits in either history or education through George Mason University. More information can be found on the website. Questions or interested in a sample itinerary, please contact Kris Maldre, Education Specialist at the National Archives at Chicago.

NEW ONLINE RESOURCES FROM THE WHS
Over the past month, two new sites with great historical content for teachers and students have been released:

Sarah Michele and SarahTHANKS FOR READING!
We appreciate your support of National History Day in Wisconsin.  We are excited to have you as part of our program!

Sincerely,

Sarah Clement, State Coordinator
National History Day in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society 
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