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Lynne O’Hara, Program Director for National History Day, pictured right, with Amy Page, social studies teacher at Moriarty High School and 2022 national NHD teacher of the year.

EMPOWERING EDUCATORS WITH NATIONAL HISTORY DAY WORKSHOPS

WHO: Lynn O’Hara, Program Director for NHD
WHAT: National History Day Teacher Workshops
WHERE: Albuquerque and Farmington
WHEN: October, 2023
CONTACT: New Mexico History Day State Coordinator, HistoryDay@NMHumanities.org.

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Lynne O’Hara, Program Director for National History Day, visited New Mexico in October to conduct teacher workshops in Albuquerque and Farmington. Lynne’s dynamic program included lessons on how to analyze primary sources and how to evaluate NHD projects. A total of 24 educators participated, representing not only Albuquerque and Farmington school districts but also Las Cruces, Hobbs, Santa Fe, and Shiprock.

Ellen Duemling, a 6th grade teacher in Albuquerque commented that she received “lots of good ideas that I can use immediately in my classroom,” while Julie Ornelas, the teacher support specialist for social studies with Albuquerque Public Schools was pleased to see how the program can help teachers meet state standards.

New Mexico’s History Day program is committed to assisting teachers throughout the state to bring this project-based educational curriculum to their districts, schools, and classrooms. NHD has proven to help students develop career- and college-ready skills such as primary source research, source evaluation, public speaking, and critical thinking. For more information, contact New Mexico National History Day Senior Advisor Heather McClenahan, HistoryDay@NMHumanities.org.

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Helping student historians and their teachers study the past to inform the present and shape the future.

ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® (NHD):

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit NHD.org.

ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® IN NEW MEXICO:

History Day in New Mexico is open to elementary, middle, and high school students statewide. The program is organized and sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council. NMHC offers online and in-person professional development for teachers as well as student events.