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Educator Workshops

National History Day Arkansas offers many types of professional development opportunities for educators, ranging from multi-day summer workshops to one-hour webinars. Professional Development credit is available for all workshops. Join us for our virtual Fall 2021 series!

 

Debate & Diplomacy in History: A Theme Q&A Session

Zoom (virtual) | Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 pm CST (Arkansas’s time zone)

Need help brainstorming topic ideas? Unsure about an NHD rule? Need help researching your topic? Register for our NHD Theme Q and A Session. We will have amazing guests from the US National Archives, National Archives Education, and The White House Historical Association as well as NHD staff live as they answer your NHD questions about Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.  Open to parents, teachers, and students. Free. Preregistration required: https://tinyurl.com/nhdtheme2022. This is a webinar co-sponsored by National History Day Headquarters @ College Park, MD

 

Carter and Clinton, Commonalities and Contrasts

Zoom (virtual) | Thursday, September 9, 2021 | 4:00-6:00 pm CST (Arkansas’s time zone)

In partnership with National History Day (NHD) Arkansas and NHD Georgia, the Carter and Clinton Presidential Libraries invite teachers and students to examine primary sources connected to this year’s theme, “Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” The program will explore commonalities and contrasts between these two presidents. Topics will include the Middle East Peace Process, Conservation, and Human Rights. Open to teachers and students. Free. Pre-registration required: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CarterClintonNHDWebinar. This is a workshop co-sponsored by NHD Arkansas.

 

Stress-Free Citation

Zoom (virtual) | Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 4:00-5:30 pm

We hear you: most of you dread citation. But there is hope!  Citations are a set of recipes that do not need to be memorized. In this workshop, led by state coordinator Story Matkin-Rawn, we are going to start by cooking up basic citations: books, encyclopedia entries, newspapers, primary sources from an online archive.  We’ll then look at how to use citation generators effectively.  From 5:00-5:30, share your confusing citations for a consultation. **NHD Arkansas teachers who attend this workshop will receive a free paperback copy of our favorite citation manual!  Open to teachers and students.  Free. Pre-registration required:https://nhda.link/Registration-Stress-Free-Citation. This workshop is sponsored by NHD Arkansas.

 

Teaching Students How to Organize Their Research

Zoom (virtual) | Tuesday, September 21, 2021| 4:00-5:00 pm

Completing a big, complex assignment like History Day is often a new experience for students.  How can we help students organize the “messy middle” between topic exploration and creating their project?  Master NHD teachers Rachel Primm and Ricky Manes share two different but effective systems that have helped their middle and high school students stay on track and stress less.  (Or at least stress more productively!)

Part I: Teaching Students How to Organize Their Research (23 min), Webinar Recording, NHD Arkansas teacher Rachel Primm, Pulaski Academy (9/21/2021)

Ms. Primm’s shared resources: 1) Research Checkpoints, Step-by-Step Student Instructions and 2) Rubrics for Research Checkpoints 

Part II Teaching Students How to Organize Their Research (16 min) Webinar Recording, NHD Arkansas teacher Ricky Manes, Bryant High School  (9/21/2021)  

Mr. Manes’s shared resources: Resources for Helping Students Organize their Research 

 

Navigating with Ease: Traveler Databases 101

Zoom (virtual) | Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 pm

Researching can be overwhelming but we are here to help – Join us for a fun and informative session with librarian Jen Johnson as she explores and explains how to efficiently navigate and use some of the online resources provided by the Arkansas State Library. The session will be recorded and shared below. A library card is not required to attend. Open to teachers, parents, and students. Free. Pre-registration required: https://nhda.link/Registration-Traveler-DatabasesThis workshop is co-sponsored by NHD Arkansas and Springdale Public Library.

 

Discovering the World:  Great Primary Sources for World History Projects

Zoom (virtual) | Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 pm

Having difficulty finding primary sources? Let librarian Jen Johnson help you – join us for an in-depth and informative session on how and where to locate primary resources online with a special emphasis on primary sources on World History.  The session will be recorded and shared below. A library card is not required to attend. Open to teachers, parents, and students. Free. Pre-registration required: http://nhda.link/Registration-Discover-the-World. This workshop is co-sponsored by NHD Arkansas and Springdale Public Library.

 

Debate and Diplomacy in Africana History: Topics for History Day

Zoom (virtual) | Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 pm

A 17th-century West African Queen who used her diplomatic skills to resist the expansion of the Portuguese slave trade. Heated debates over the origins of civilization in ancient Americas and ancient Africa and the impact of those debates on the U.S Constitution. The freedom fighter-turned prime minister whose diplomatic negotiations for the Republic of Congo’s independence ended with his untimely demise. Join this workshop led by NHD Arkansas’s Koria Robinson to hear about topic ideas, as well as rich primary and secondary resources, for projects on people of African descent around the globe. Open to teachers and students. Free. Pre-registration required: https://nhda.link/Registration-Africana-History. This workshop is sponsored by NHD Arkansas.

 

Help! I’m Overwhelmed!  Turning Your Research into a Project without Losing Your Mind

Zoom (virtual) | Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 4:00-5:00 pm

Registration to open in December 2021. Open to teachers and students. This workshop is sponsored by NHD Arkansas.