Susan Glaser, National History Day
Maeve Montalvo, Museum of the City of New York
Christine Abajian, Hewlett-Woodmere High School
National History Day is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, middle and high school students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics' significance in history, and present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. The History Day methodology supports teachers and schools as they work towards aligning curriculum and instructional priorities with Common Core Standards demonstrated through College and Career Ready student performance tasks. National History Day was the recipient of the 2011 National Humanities Medal, presented at a White House ceremony- the only K-12 program to receive this prestigious award.