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Professional Development Programs

The Chicago Metro History Fair provides professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects. From offerings in History Fair methods workshops to research experiences and scholar-based sessions, History Fair p.d. enriches teacher practice and builds content knowledge.

Start the new History Fair school year off right at the annual Kickoff.

Over a dozen libraries and archives will be present to give you resources, tour the CHM Library, and experience the Amplified Blues exhibition with CHM staff.  Chicago teacher-created lesson plans based on the theme, an introduction the sources of Media Burn and the Studs Terkel Archive, and news about this year’s contest will make this a worthwhile trip.  Free HF posters, NHD theme books, and food. To register, click here.

A Choice of Weapons: African-American Art and Design in Chicago History” (October 27, November 3, December 8) 

Art belongs in the history classroom! Learn with curators, museum art educators, and historians in this three day fellowship. Complete the program to earn honoria, free books and materials, and shared resources.  (Note: October 27 may be taken individually for p.d. hours only.) To register, click here.

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In a one-day intensive workshop, staff leads teachers through the process of teaching and doing History Fair. Expect a blend of presentation and experiential learning. Leave ready to plan your first History Fair year or confidently join the History Fair at your school. All sessions will be held at the Chicago History Museum.

Tuesday, October 2, or Wednesday, October 12

Saturday, October 20, or Thursday, November 15


  • Website Tutorial for History Fair Teachers who plan to offer the website category to their students are required to review the tutorial and take the certification test before allowing students to build websites.
  • National History Day offers numerous online courses which can be taken for graduate credit or audited.
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