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CMHF Judging Mastery Workshop

CMHF invites ALL experienced judges to join us on Saturday, December 5 for our Judging Mastery Workshop. This year CMHF will be using all-new evaluation forms, and you can learn all about them at this workshop. You will also hear about some minor rule changes and gain experience with the virtual judging system (all History Fair events for the 2020-21 school year are being held virtually). CHM’s Assistant Curator, Julius Jones, will also be providing a preview of the upcoming exhibit, City on Fire: Chicago 1871.

Register to attend the Judge Mastery Workshop here (and share the link with a friend)!

Thank you, History Fair Judges!

The Chicago Metro History Fair expresses our sincere and profound gratitude to all of our face-to-face and virtual 2020 History Fair Judges! Judging opportunities for our next History Fair season will open in early 2021!

Judging Materials

Note that as of the 2020-21 school year, all CMHF projects, both Junior and Senior Division, will now be evaluated in accordance with the official NHD Rule Book using the official NHD Project Evaluation forms.

Although these changes will be an adjustment for our experienced judges, using the NHD materials means that students who advance to State and National competition no longer need to compete under different rules at each contest. This helps teachers show that their instruction aligns to national standards, expands opportunities for our judges, and ultimately gives our Chicagoland teachers and students the best chance of success at all levels of competition!

History Fair Judging FAQs

Please note that this section is still being updated for the 2021 History Fair season.

Who are the students?
What qualifications do I need to judge?
Do I need to attend an orientation before I sign up to judge?
What is the judging process?
How does the overall competition work?
How does paper and website judging differ from the big events?
Where does judging take place?
What if I can no longer participate in the session(s) I signed up to judge?
May I bring a friend to judge too?
How are the winners selected?
How do I find out which projects have advanced?

We trust you are convinced of this rewarding civic contribution. Check back in early 2021 for information about volunteering as a judge next season!

Judging a History Fair project

Judges who wish to preview judging materials and previous History Fair project examples are welcomed to do so. You may also take an advance look at the general orientation: “Judging a History Fair project.”

Website judges may wish to read “How to Judge a History Fair website” before judging.

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