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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.​​​​​

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. Read more​...​


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

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.

2021 NHD Theme Webinar

The 2021 NHD theme webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT. Registration is now open at

See the attached a flyer for more information.

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NHD-OC Teacher Training

For NHD-OC Teachers, Coaches, and Leaders
The teacher training will review last year's contest, changes to the NHD-OC Contest for 2021 and many new rules for categories from NHD. This training is mandatory for participation in this year's contest.
Virtual Webinar | You will receive a meeting link upon registration.
Date | August 26, 2020 Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Registration |
Cost | FREE for Orange County Teachers, Coaches, and Leaders


NHD-OC History Day How To's 

For Students (Coaches and Parents are also welcome)
History Day How To's will introduce students, parents, and teachers to NHD research processes and project development. Sessions will include: Doing Online Research, Elements of a Successful Project, and Project Category Sessions. During this learning opportunity, participants learn a “how to" approach to their NHD project.
Virtual Webinar | You will receive a meeting link upon registration
Date | October 3, 2020 Time | 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Registration |
Cost | FREE for Orange County Students.


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:​. 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​ 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​​






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