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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 PD enriches teacher practice and builds content knowledge.

History Fair Boot Camp – Late Summer & Fall Sessions

Choose from the following sessions:

  • Thursday, August 29
  • Saturday, September 14
  • Saturday, October 5
  • Saturday, November 9

9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Free; 6 PD hours per session
In an intensive one-day session, Chicago Metro History Fair staff leads teachers through the process of teaching and doing History Fair, from planning in your classroom to assessing the final product. The Chicago Metro History Fair will provide materials and conduct a follow-up visit. Designed for social studies teachers in grades 612.

> Register for a Boot Camp session

History Fair Kickoff!

Tuesday, November 5
4:30–7:00 p.m.
Free; 2.5 PD hours
(Rescheduled from Tuesday, October 22). Teachers who participate in the History Fair gather to explore the new theme, share resources, and celebrate another year of this classic–yet always on the cutting edge– project-based inquiry program.

> Register for the Kickoff

Online Courses

  • Website Tutorial for History Fair Teachers who plan to offer the website category is on hold until the new NHD Website Builder is in effect.
  • National History Day offers numerous online courses which can be taken for graduate credit or audited.


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