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National History Day in Idaho

National History Day in Idaho (NHD) is a year-long student-led academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 4th-12th grade students across Idaho. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of competitions at the local and state levels and an annual national contest in June.

Students who participate in NHD build skills that are key to success in college, career, and citizenship.  NHD teaches critical thinking, writing, and research skills. They learn to speak publicly, collaborate with team members, communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences, manage their time, and persevere through challenges.

Teachers create an inquiry-based classroom where they guide, direct, and coach toward student achievement. Teachers have the flexibility to adapt the program to meet the needs of their classroom. Teachers guide students through the process of learning how to learn and making informed conclusions coming to understand. Studying the stories and history of our local communities, states, nation and the world broadens not only this global view, but also builds empathy and understanding of cultures, conflict, and resolution.

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All National History Day contests in 2021 will be held virtually in order to accommodate safety and travel concerns and have an equitable and fair contests for every Idaho student. Happy researching!

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National History Day in Idaho Needs Judges! 

Judging is an exciting way to connect with students, support your community, and learn about history. Judges evaluate the work of student researchers studying historical topics related to an annual theme. They work in teams to review entries in a specific category, interview students, provide constructive feedback, and determine which students advance to the next level of competition. Students rely on constructive feedback from judges to help them improve their projects and continue to advance.

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This page is full of resources to guide students through the National History Day process!

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The Teacher Toolkit is designed with you, the National History Day teacher, in mind. We want to make this rewarding process accessible and fun for you and your students!

Documents are organized in order of usage and planning your program.  These resources have been created and curated by some of the leading National History Day programs in the country. Both teachers and students will find useful resources here.

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During the 2020-2021 academic year, National History Day (NHD) students will explore topics relating to the theme Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. This theme asks students to consider how people exchange information and interact with each other. Students have the chance to explore how the methods and modes of communication have changed over time, and how they have shaped the present. Major inventions like the telephone, the telegraph, and the television stand out in our minds as obvious examples of how communication has changed over time. Yet, communication is more than just these inventions. It is about how words, thoughts, or ideas are exchanged throughout history.

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Register today! 

Confirm your participation in National History Day in Idaho this year by filling out the form below to register as a National History Day in Idaho teacher.

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Thank you to our National History Day in Idaho sponsors


Bates Family Foundation
Joyce Barnier and Bonnie Krupp
Boise State University
The College of Idaho
Nagel Foundation

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