The History Day Program is an exciting way to study history and learn about issues, ideas, people, and events that are of interest to students. History Day lets students express what they have learned through creative and original performances, media documentaries, papers, or three-dimensional exhibits.
History Day provides classroom teachers with an effective vehicle for teaching not only the content of history (and other subjects, such as art, theater, and media), but the basic components of critical thinking. It helps students develop the skills to think critically, not only about school work, but about the many decisions they must confront as citizens.
National History Day in Nevada, a state-wide program of National History Day, is an inquiry-based learning program that supports disciplinary skills in the classroom as well as student choice and voice. History Day is not just a day, but a year-long experience.
National History Day in Nevada works with local museums and libraries to offer opportunities for students to participate in hands on research that serves as an experience to learn more about presentations, museum quality exhibits, and other important aspects of their projects.
Parents play a vital role in National History Day from helping their child/student to choose a topic all the way through contest day (at the school, state, and national level).
Parents and/or caring adults of a History Day student have the opportunity to witness the unfolding of a History Day project and witness the child become a historian.
Why National History Day?
National History Day Works! According to a national program evaluation, students who participate in National History Day:
- Outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in social studies, reading, science, and math;
- Are better writers, who write with purpose and real voice, and marshal solid evidence to support their point of view;
- Are critical thinkers, who can digest, analyze, and synthesize information; and
- Learn 21st century skills, such as collaboration.
National History Day in Nevada
National History Day in Nevada has supported literacy, inquiry, and problem-based learning in Nevada since 1990. National History Day in Nevada was housed in several governmental agencies and non-profits in the nearly 30 years in Nevada and many of the program partnerships have remained strong each and every year. Today, the program is fully housed within the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement family of programs that NvCCE administers and supports. History Day is used in classrooms across the state of Nevada and has brought together many state agencies, museums, libraries, and other stakeholders to support History education in those classrooms.