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History Day Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops and Webinars

Registrants cancelling 24 hours before the workshop are eligible for a refund or credit. (This includes weather related cancellations.) Less than 24 hours notice - Registrants who are unable to attend the workshop may substitute someone to attend in their place; substitutions will be made at the registration desk the day of the event. No refunds or credits will be granted for non-attendance or cancellations.

2015 History Day Summer Teacher Institute

Ten Minnesota educators will be selected to join History Day staff for an exciting, week-long summer institute at the Minnesota History Center, June 22 – 26, 2015. This institute features a special focus on using archival resources to research and present a model History Day project. Additional sessions include information on the annual theme, History Day categories, discussion about guiding young historians through the historical research process, and tours of research facilities. The final product is a teacher-created History Day project, to be presented to institute participants and History Day staff in early fall. 

Eligibility

Any grade 6-12 educator is eligible to apply for the institute, including but not limited to social studies, English, communication arts, library/media and gifted/talented teachers. History Day veteran teachers as well as teachers who have not participated in History Day previously are welcome to apply!

Stipends and Covered Expenses 
  • All participants will receive a $1,000 stipend. The stipend will be processed in two payments (one at the completion of the week-long workshop portion of the institute and one with the completion of the final project). Parking at the Minnesota Historical Society and lunch will also be covered. Copying fees will not be covered.
  • Participants coming from Greater Minnesota are eligible for reimbursement for lodging and hotel parking expenses (up to $100 per night for five nights). Travel costs will also be reimbursed for outstate participants up to $75 each for both the weeklong institute and final presentation. 
Apply Online
Applications can be completed online. The application deadline is Friday, April 24, 2015. Successful applicants will be announced at State History Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and will be contact via email the following Monday. 
 

WORKSHOPS

History Day 101

History Day 101 will address the fundamentals of History Day.  History Day staff will cover the program framework implementation strategies. See examples of projects, learn about support resources, and discuss standards, program benefits, and next steps to bring History Day into your classroom.  Participants will leave with a variety of classroom-ready tools to begin implementing History day in their own schools.

 
WEBINARS

History Day Theme Webinar

“Leadership and Legacy in History” is a great theme for students interested in all areas of history. Get the basics for approaching the 2015 theme from the History Day staff.
  • The live webinar is over, but you can purchase a recording and digital copies of the materials for $10 by contacting Jill Hengstler at jill.hengstler@mnhs.org or 651-259-3429
 

Thesis Statement Webinar

A clear thesis is at the heart of each History Day project.  Take a closer look at the characteristics of effective thesis statements and discuss approaches to guiding students.
  • The live webinar is over, but you can purchase a recording and digital copies of the materials for $10 by contacting Jill Hengstler at jill.hengstler@mnhs.org or 651-259-3429
 

Project Organization Webinar

A little strategy can go a long way in creating informative and effective History Day projects. Learn how students can best organize information and discuss tips for each category. 
  • The live webinar is over, but you can purchase a recording and digital copies of the materials for $10 by contacting Jill Hengstler at jill.hengstler@mnhs.org or 651-259-3429
 

Competitions and Judging Webinar

What should you expect at a History Day competition? Discuss how to best prepare students, the judging process, and get answer to questions you have about Regional and State events.
  • The live webinar is over, but you can purchase a recording and digital copies of the materials for $10 by contacting Jill Hengstler at jill.hengstler@mnhs.org or 651-259-3429
 
 

National History Day in Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, Department of History
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