Information for Educators

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As a History Day teacher, you can help guide your students through the process of researching and developing a history project. Using project-based learning, students practice research, writing, historical analysis, and critical thinking skills while exploring a topic is US, Vermont or world history.

The National History Day (NHD) website has a wealth of information about incorporating the program into your classroom.

Details & Deadlines

Official Rule Book (PDF) See summary of significant changes from the previous rule book.
Updated judging forms for 2022

2022 Vermont History Day At a Glance (PDF)
2022 Online Registration System (preferred)
2022 Printable Entry Form (school PDF)
2022 Printable Entry Form (homeschool PDF)
2022 Special Prizes (PDF)
2022 Project Submission Instructions (PDF)

The state contest registration fee is $8.00 per student. Credit card payments can be made through the online registration system. Checks can be mailed to the Vermont Historical Society at 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609.

Educator Workshops

NHD New England Virtual (Zoom) Workshops - Educators and Students welcome (Sessions will be recorded)

  • Introduction to NHD & Theme Workshop: Wednesday, October 6, 4:00-5:00 pm - Recording
  • Navigating NHDWebCentral Workshop, Monday, November 1, 4:00-5:00 pm - Registration Link
  • Local History Resources: Wednesday, November 10, 4:00-5:00 pm - Registration Link
  • Historical Argumentation & Respectful Research: Wednesday, December 1, 4:00-5:00 pm - Registration Link coming soon
  • Primary Sources, Annotated Bibliographies & Student Voice: Wednesday, December 15, 4:00-5:00 pm - Registration Link
  • Video Production in the Classroom: Wednesday, January 12, 4:00-5:00 pm - Registration Link coming soon

Free In-Person Educator Workshops organized by our partners at Fort Ticonderoga, available at 3 locations in late afternoons - Additional Information

  • Wednesday, October 6, hosted by the Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga, NY
  • Wednesday, October 27, hosted by the Clinton County Historical Association, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Wednesday, November 10, hosted by the Warren County Historical society, Queensbury, NY

Theme Info

Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences Theme Narrative (PDF)
Debate & Diplomacy in VERMONT History (PDF)
NHD Debate & Diplomacy in History Theme Book
NHD Theme Page with videos and resources
Topic Suggestions and Primary Sources from the National Archives
Topic Ideas Website, Master Topic List and Novice Topic List from Minnesota History Day
Debate & Diplomacy with Ken Burns UNUM

Primary Sources & Bibliographies

What are primary sources and where can students find them online?
Research resources in Vermont (PDF)
Thinkport (Teaching with Primary Sources)
Reading Like a Historian
Historic newspapers at Chronicling America
Getting Started with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
Oral History Interview Guidelines from National History Day (PDF)
Annotated Bibliography Resources from National History Day
Civic Online Reasoning Resources to evaluate online information
Consider the Source New York Teaching with Historical Records

More Resources

Minnesota History Day Teacher Curriculum and Timeline Resources
Links to short-form videos created by NHD for students
National History Day Curriculum Materials
Borrow NHD How-to Booklets
Consider using NoodleTools to help students organize their research and bibliography
Writing a Thesis Statement from New Mexico History Day (YouTube)
Preparing for National History Day from NEH-Edsitement
Women You Should Know from Remedial Herstory

Common Core Connections

National History Day Connections and Correlations to the Common Core (PDF) courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society

For more information, contact Victoria at (802) 828-1413 or email victoria.hughes@vermonthistory.org

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