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 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.


The NHD-OC 2017 contest will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Orange County Department of Education.  The Awards
Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Orange County Department of Education.  


NHD 2016-2017 Calendar - Key dates for the county, state and national competition.


Interview times are now posted. Please click the link below and make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom as there are many entries.
Teachers and coaches may prepare for this year’s program and competition by reviewing the following resources:
·         Resources
·         Online Registration - Registration is now open!
·         Judging
·         Awards



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 16, 2016. For up to date information on NHD-OC join our Interest List.
·         NHD-OC Kickoff/Orientation
·         NHD-OC Mentor Coaches
·         Resource Packet
·         NHD-OC Teacher Training PowerPoint  
·         NHD-OC Overview (coming soon)
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 Judge’s Handbook and coach students for their interview.



Judging is a crucial part of the NHD competition.  Experienced judges describe the process as the best way to understand the NHD program.  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. 
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

Online Registration (Opens January 17, 2017)




The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding National History Day teachers. Two winners, one junior level and one senior level teacher, will be selected.  Each state/affiliate winner will be awarded $500 and the national winners will receive $10,000.  For eligibility criteria and nomination procedures please click here

National History Day, in collaboration with HISTORYTM, is proud to announce the 18th annual  HISTORYTM  Award. The award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to history education through service to the National History Day program. The winner of the award will receive a $5000 cash prize. For more information please click here.