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The National Humanities Center will be hosting a hands-on training in the use of GIS technology in the middle and secondary classroom. Mapping the American Experience is a collaboration between the National Humanities Center and central North Carolina school districts to create professional development training for educators on the use of GIS technology in K-12 teaching and scholarship.
July 27, 2016 - 1:30pm EDT to September 19, 2016 - 1:30pm EDT
Plan ahead, and apply now. In July 2017, a select group of 18 educators will follow in the footsteps of history as they visit World War II historic sites and American cemeteries in San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Manila, The Philippines. A partnership -- National History Day, American Battle Monuments Commission, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -- hopes to reinvigorate the teaching of World War II in middle and high school by helping teachers understand the sacrifice of fallen American heroes of that era.
July 28, 2016 - 2:45pm EDT to June 1, 2017 - 12:45pm EDT is offering its 2nd annual $500 Teacher Grant opportunity. Help your students learn about energy in science and society. Teachers are invited to submit lesson plans that vary in scope and topic, and you're welcome to cite any helpful information you find on the Learning Center. All lessons must check off these requirements on the list below to be considered:


The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to recognize the contributions made by school teachers to improve U.S. history education. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and students, memorializes the career of Professor Tachau, University of Louisville, for her path-breaking efforts to build bridges between university and school history teachers. The award will be presented at the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting.


Now is the time to begin planning for your students to participate in the National History Day competition 2016–17. NHD makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historical, cultural and social experiences of the past. In the fall, students will choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. They look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites.

Join the Choices Program for Professional Development this fall. Get ready to implement Choices in your classroom. Led by a local Teaching Fellow or a Choices staff member, introductory workshops are designed to introduce teachers to Choices curriculum units and approach. The workshops are participatory, “so come ready to be engaged and inspired.”

Each Choices introductory workshop includes:

The National Humanities Center presents ongoing professional development with its “America In Class” primary and secondary resources, webinars, and lessons for history teachers. The fall 2016 schedule of webinars features topics such as “Wampum and the Early Shaping of America,” “Jefferson as Leader, ”Lincoln as Leader,” and “Gender in Antebellum African American Autobiographies.”  Visit


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