Information for Teachers

Schools across Orange County participate in the NHD program by using it as a means to provide highly engaging history instruction and to showcase student achievement.  NHD directly supports the History / Social Science Framework (content, inquiry, literacy, citizenship), Common Core standards (project based learning, interconnected learning, etc.), the 21st Century Skills Framework (critical thinking, problem solving, etc.) and College and Career Readiness.

 
NHD projects can be used at the school site for rich project-based learning experiences and/or entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

NEW AWARDS FOR 2019

Spotlight Award

DEADLINE for submission: Monday, February 25, 2019

The Spotlight Award ($1,000 award) will be presented to a 12th grade student who has participated in NHD-OC for a minimum of two (2) years and is planning to attend college in the fall.

The student's NHD-OC coach must make nomination for the award. A Coach may only nominate one student.   Members of the NHD-OC Team will select the honoree, and the winner will be announced at the annual NHD-OC Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

The student nominated for this award should demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding leadership, persistence, and strong care and concern for others.  The nominee should also be someone committed to not only working hard individually but who also takes responsibility for motivating and leading others to achieve their personal best.

Nomination form

 
Yosemite Award

National History Day California has a new award for 2019 called the Yosemite Award. The Yosemite Invitation allows each county to advance one project from up to three new schools to the NHD-CA state competition.

The qualifications are:

· Your school must not have a winning project advancing from the county competition.

· Your school must have not participated in NHD within the last five contest years.

· As the teacher, you must be new to NHD.

· Entries for consideration are in either the Junior (grades 6-8) or Senior (grades 9-12) divisions.

· Only one project per school is eligible.

· You as the teacher, must commit to attend and judge at NHD-CA.

Selected entries will compete on the same level as all other entries attending NHD-CA, including the opportunity to represent NHD-CA at the NHD contest in Maryland.

Invitations will be sent to new schools / coaches in February.

 

 
CONTEST INFORMATION AND DATES

The NHD-OC 2019 contest will take place on Friday March 8, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Senior Documentary and Performance only and on Saturday, March 9, 2019 (all other divisions and categories) at the Orange County Department of Education.  

Contest Address:
Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-9050

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Orange County Department of Education.  

Yearly event calendar  - Key dates for the county, state and national competition.

 

NHD-OC contest information

Teachers and coaches may prepare for this year’s program and competition by reviewing the following resources:

·         Training and Learning Opportunities

·         Resources

·         Online Registration

·         Judging

·         Awards

·         2-D Process Paper Sentence Frames

TRAINING AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Complete NHD-OC Intent to Participate to help us keep you informed about NHD.  You will receive pertinent materials and informational updates as they occur.  Completing the survey does not obligate you to participate in NHD-OC.  Deadline for Intent to Participate submission is December 14, 2018.

 

     ·                 NHD Webinar

·         Mentor Coaches

·         NHD-OC Teacher Training PowerPoint  
 
Your most important responsibility is to mentor and support your students and assist them as they create their entry projects.  Review and edit the written materials, making sure students follow the rules for their entry. In order to help students prepare for competition, review the NHD-CA Handbook and coach students for their interview.

RESOURCES:  

JUDGING

Judging is a crucial part of the NHD competition.  Each participating school is required to provide at least 3 volunteer judges. Experienced judges describe the process as the best way to understand the NHD program, so coaches and panels can benefit from one judging process.  Judging enables you to assist your students more effectively as they develop their entries for competition.  Having enough judges also provides students with well- rounded feedback- and smaller categories. 
Please consider judging -- complete the Judge Registration Form

Entries Per Category

The number of entries per school that can advance to the NHD-OC competition are:
  • Elementary Division (Grades 4 and 5): 3 entries per category
  • Junior Division (Grades 6, 7 and 8): 3 entries per category
  • Senior Division (Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12): 3 entries per category
NOTE:  Junior and Senior Divisions do not refer to grade levels!
 
We strongly recommend limiting the number of students participating in any category to no more than 50% of the total number of participants from your school.

Entry Categories

1.  Individual 2-D Display (grades 4-5 only)
2.  Group 2-D Display (grades 4-5 only)
3.  Individual Historical Paper
4.  Individual Documentary
5.  Group Documentary
6.  Individual Exhibit
7.  Group Exhibit
8.  Individual Performance
9.  Group Performance
10.Individual Website
11.Group Website

 
 Interview times will be posted a week before the contest.