Idaho Teachers Selected for World War I Program


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Each of National History Day’s 58 affiliates could choose two teachers for a professional development opportunity in a program titled Legacies of World War I. The program is a partnership between the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day. Teachers will participate in webinars and discussions with educators from around the world to learn about World War I and its lasting impact.

“As part of the commemoration of the centennial of The Great War, National History Day is proud to partner with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to help teachers delve into the history of this global event,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Mr. Durfee and Mrs. Gilson will learn about specific aspects of the war they can take back to the classroom to ensure this piece of global history is not forgotten.”

This program is part of an educational partnership with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, National History Day, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. This partnership will educate both teachers and school students about World War I through a series of more than 100 teaching events nationwide.

Mr. Ryan Durfee, a teacher at Madison Middle School in Rexburg and Mrs. Janelle Gilson, a teacher at Renaissance High School in Meridian are two of only 114 teachers selected.  As some of the selected teachers, they will receive free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the online program.

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