Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

October 2011
National History Day logo Greetings!

We have lots of great news to share in this issue of our e-newsletter! We especially want to highlight our professional development opportunities this fall. If you are new to NHD or if you are a program veteran, we hope that you will consider attending one of our FREE introduction to NHD workshops, a regional roundtable to discuss the program with area colleagues, or a webinar designed to help you bring NHD into your classroom (without having to drive to Madison).

Interested in learning more about NHD and trying a FREE webinar? Join us TODAY at 3:30 PM. Sign up online or check out more opportunities below!
DISCOVER LINKS BETWEEN NHD AND STEM EDUCATION
A September 21, 2011 article in the Wall Street Journal discussed links between National History Day and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education. Written by Norm Augustine, CEO of Lockheed Martin, the article states that "Now is a time to re-establish history's importance in American education." The article also cites National History Day and the recent national evaluation data supporting the value of the program. Read the complete article online.

 
Teacher Workshop
MILWAUKEE AND LA CROSSE REGIONAL ROUNDTABLES
Join us for food and great conversation! Connect with other teachers in your area and get excited about a new National History Day year. This informal get-together will give participating teachers a chance to talk with other National History Day educators about a variety of subjects. Most importantly, participants can talk with each other about ideas for implementation, and discuss their profession in general while meeting new colleagues. You'll also be able to take part in the popular NHD materials swap meet. Participants are welcome to attend any roundtable, even if it is not their assigned regional. Current or past participation in National History Day is required. 
  • Milwaukee: Tuesday, October 18 (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
  • La Crosse: Thursday, October 20 (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
  • RSVP Online 

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SIGN UP FOR FREE NHD WEBINARS AND WORKSHOPS

Learn more about NHD in person or online! Several "Making History Day Happen" workshops are scheduled for both Madison and Milwaukee. If you can't attend a workshop, the Introduction to NHD and NHD Implementation webinars will provide information on the structure of the program as well as models for classroom implementation. The 2012 Theme Webinar will discuss approaches to working with our annual theme.  

  • Workshop: Making History Day Happen
    • Milwaukee: Saturday, October 8 (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)
    • Madison: Friday, October 28 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)
    • Madison: Saturday, November 12 (9:00 am - 12:00 Ppm)  
  • Webinar: Introduction to NHD
    • Tuesday, October 4 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
    • Monday, November 7 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
    • Thursday, December 1 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)   
  • Webinar: NHD Implementation
    • Tuesday, October 11 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
    • Monday, November 14 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
    • Thursday, December 8 (3:30 - 4:30 pm) 
  • Webinar: 2012 NHD Theme
    • Wednesday, October 26 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)   

Registration fees for our workshops and webinars have been waived thanks to the generous support of Carroll Heideman. Visit our website to learn more or or register.

NHD Classroom Presentation
SCHEDULE A CLASSROOM PRESENTATION FROM NHD IN WISCONSIN STAFF
Invite a National History Day in Wisconsin staff member to join your class for a day. Our no-cost, interactive classroom presentations are designed to introduce students to the basics of the NHD program, share samples of projects, get students thinking about the theme and topics, and excite participants for their NHD adventure. Especially for teachers working with NHD for the first time, this presentation is a great way to kick off the program in your school. Email Sarah Aschbrenner to schedule a date.
SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR FOLKLIFE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

The resources at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage help educators teach about culture through various subject areas including social studies, art, language art, geography, history, science, cooking, and music. The website now includes online exhibits, downloadable lesson plans, videos, publications, and much more. For students, this website is a rich source of information and a place to explore cultures from around the world. Check out their recently remodeled website and learn more.

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APPLY FOR NHD SUMMER INSTITUTE
National History Day announces an exciting and unique summer institute for teachers and students. In June 2012, fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II. Students and teachers will be immersed in lectures presented by leading World War II historians, participate in a scholarly study of the World War II monuments in the D.C. area and walk in the footsteps of history on the beaches of Normandy.

Complete applications are due on December 1, 2011. More information and application materials are on the national NHD website
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DISCOVER MORE SOCIETY NEWSLETTERS

Stay on top of the latest information about the Society, our historic sites and museums, historical image collections, bestselling publications, and varied programs. Pick one or pick all! Sign up for more newsletters and email updates. 

  • Society Weekly E-newsletter
  • Historic Sites and Museums Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Wisconsin Historical Images Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Press Periodic Email Updates
  • National History Day in Wisconsin Monthly E-Newsletter 
  • Educator Update Monthly E-Newsletter
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REQUEST FREE CURRICULUM MATERIALS FOR NHD 2012
Our 2012 NHD in Wisconsin Curriculum CD provides interested and participating educators with the tools they need to begin implementing the program in their classroom. Curriculum materials are provided at no cost. Any interested educator is encouraged to sign up - there is no obligation to participate. Curriculum discs include:
  • Teacher and student guides to NHD
  • Sample projects
  • Category guides for students
  • Theme activities resources
  • Sample topic ideas
  • Rulebook and NHD Theme Book  
  • Classroom-ready PowerPoint presentations
  • NHD event and workshop information   
Visit our website to request your 2012 Curriculum CD. Teachers who participated in NHD last year should have automatically received a CD. Didn't get one? Let us know!
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 Aschbrenner, State Coordinator
National History Day in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society 
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