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Information for Teachers and Students


NHD-OC will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Orange County Department of Education! 

Experienced NHD-OC teachers and students can prepare for the upcoming year’s program and competition by reviewing this year’s key dates, training and learning opportunities, sample projects, theme and topic information, and contest registration details.

NHD-OC Teacher Intent to Participate, is due by December 1, 2012. 

Completion of the survey does not obligate you to particiapte in NHD-OC. Registered teachers/coaches will receive all pertinent materials and information updates as they occur.

Remember, the number of entries per category per school is:

Elementary School = 3 entries per category

Middle School = 3 entries per category

High School = 5 entries per category

We strongly recommend limiting the number of students participating in any one category to no more than 50% of the total number of participants from your school. 

NHD-CA Rulebook 2013 Edition

NHD Annual Calendar

Orange County is tied to the national program.  Our calendar provides opportunities for students, parents, community members, and teachers to prepare both for school-level implementation and participation in the competition. 
National History Day Calendar-OC-CA-National 

Theme and Topic Information 

The National History Day organization establishes an annual theme each year.  Students may begin to work on projects as soon as the National Finals competition ends in mid-June.  Student entries may address any local, state, county, international, or global topic of interest that connects with the annual theme. The theme is purposely broad so that nearly any topic will work. 


2013 NHD Theme: Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events 

Learn more about this year’s theme.

We encourage students to select topics of high interest as they will be “married” to this project for many months.  Topics and the projects connected to them must be appropriate for fellow students and parents to view.  The following list provides California History-Social Standards aligned topic possibilities as a springboard for generating your own ideas.  Remember to fine-tune topics and make them as specific as possible.

Teacher Training Events

OCDE strives to support new, considering, and experienced NHD teachers with professional learning opportunities including a program orientation for new teachers and those considering NHD. This year's orientation will be held on Wednesday, Ocober 17, 2012 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. There are also other trainings early in the year to get you off to a good start. 

View the NHD-OC Overview Webinar held on 09-13-11!  


Student Learning Events

There’s lots to learn about research, primary sources, and developing History Day projects.  Check back periodically for new events that are added throughout the program year.  

Resources, Samples, & Links

Examining sample projects and resources from the state and national programs helps new and returning students and teachers conduct effective research and develop high quality projects.  

To see samples of winning projects from the state of  Tennessee in a number of categories, click here.

Annotated Bibliographies and Process Papers must be prepared in accordance with either Turabian or MLA style conventions.   

NHD-CA Contest Information

Learn more about National History Day - California!