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CMHF Professional Development

The Chicago Metro History Day provides professional development opportunities to support teachers offering History Day their schools. Several PD opportunities for Summer/Fall 2021 are in development! Watch this space for the latest offerings. Most PD sessions are free for participating CMHD teachers. Current CMHD teachers have access to recordings, presentations and more resources from past PD sessions. If you do not have the link, just email us!

Also be sure to check out the Chicago History Museum’s other Educator Programs.

Annual Teacher Kickoff

Saturday, September 18, 11:30am-2:00pm. 

Join us at the Chicago History Museum for our annual CMHD Teacher Kickoff! Enjoy a delicious meal from the North & Clark Café, meet and chat with other History Day teachers, hear about the latest program and contest updates, and attend useful breakout sessions! Virtual attendance will also be possible. Register here In-person registration is closed, but virtual attendance is still possible!

Breakout sessions include:

  • “Building Skills: Collaborative Primary Source Analysis” with CHM School Programs Manager Heidi Moisan
  • “Inside the Curator’s Studio” with Julius Jones, Curator of the forthcoming City on Fire: Chicago 1871 exhibit at CHM

Snack, Collaborate and Lesson!

Calling all History Day Teachers! Join us at the Chicago History Museum for our brand new invention, a collaborative session with other CMHF teachers over coffee or lunch. Get equipped for the coming school year and share ideas, materials, and strategies with other History Fair teachers. CMHF Staff will be present to facilitate and answer questions. All levels of experience are welcome!

  • No sessions are currently planned. We may schedule new sessions upon request.

History Fair 101

Learn all of the fundamentals of running History Day in your classroom in one session! From project categories and rules to archival research and finding quality primary sources, this course is ideal for new History Fair teachers and veteran teachers who want to brush up on the program.

  • No sessions are currently planned. We may schedule new sessions upon request.

NHD Professional Development

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