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Information for Teachers


Santa Ana educator nominated for National History Day's top teacher honor

Erik Peterson, a teacher at Santiago Elementary in Santa Ana Unified School District, has been nominated for National History Day's Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year​ award website.​​​​​

Peterson is the junior division nominee from California. Each of the 58 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle school teacher for this award. Nominees are selected for demonstrating a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills. To learn more​ visit our website.​


Complete NHD-OC Intent to Participate​ form 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 the NHD-OC. Deadline for Intent to Participate submission is December 11, 2020.​

Project Submissions for the NHD-OC 2021 Virtual Contest

  • Papers are to be emailed, and documentaries are to be shared by February 16, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. Websites are locked on February 17, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.​
  • Posters, exhibits, and performances are to be shared by February 23, 2021 by 9:00 p.m. 
  • Virtual Submission Guidelines are found here.

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. 


2020 Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute

Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners. This program will provide an exceptional opportunity for 16 student/teacher teams to study World War II in the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawai'i, from June 24 - July 1, 2020.

Details and application forms can be found here at​ website. The application deadline is Monday, December 2.


Ask an NEH Expert

NHD has posted new videos in conjuction with the National Endowment, "Ask an NEH Expert" series, focused on skills that can apply for ANY NHD project category. They just posted the first three videos in this new series - one on building a historical argument, one on validating sources, and one on writing and editing tips.

Please ​share this link​ website with your students as they prepare for upcoming contests (or revise to advance to the next level).


Entries per category New For 2021.

Schools may enter two (2) entries per category, per division. 

Note: Junior and Senior Division do not refer to grade levels.

Entry Categories:​

  1. Individual Poster (grades 4-5 only)
  2. Group Poster (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​​






Please e-mail us at​ for more information.​