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A Parent's Introduction to National History Day

National History Day in Wisconsin

A Parent's Introduction to National History Day | Wisconsin Historical Society

National History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. This yearlong academic adventure fosters students' enthusiasm for learning and their love for history.

If your child is already participating in National History Day, explore the resources below to learn more about the program. If you are interested in the program and would like an informational packet to share with your child's teacher, please contact the state coordinator, at 608-264-6487 or historyday@wisconsinhistory.org.

What is National History Day?

Learn more about the program and research, presentation and competition cycle in which your child will be participating.

Event Information

Students participating in National History Day can choose to participate in the National History Day competitive cycle by presenting their projects at a series of local, regional, state and national events. If students choose to participate in the event cycle, their work is evaluated at different stages by historians, educators, and professionals in related fields. These events provide the public recognition and community interaction that keep students motivated and intellectually engaged.

Tools for Student Researchers

Benefits of Participation

National History Day will help teachers and students to meet a breadth of state and national standards. Furthermore, a recent national evaluation has confirmed the benefits of National History Day, a program in which many teachers already believe. Researchers examined students’ success across a range of measures: performance assessments, surveys, standardized scores, academic performance, and interest in past and current events. Researchers then compared their evaluations of students who participated in National History Day to their peers who did not participate in the program. The study, conducted at four sites around the country, found that on nearly every measure, NHD students’ scores or ratings were higher than their peers who did not participate in the program.

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