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Professional Development Programs
Professional Development Programs

CMHEC offers professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects--particularly History Fair. Check out the listings below for our 2016-2017 workshops, seminars, and institutes.

Unless otherwise noted, sessions are free to History Fair Partner schools.

2016-2017 Professional Development Programs

boot campIntroduction to History Fair: The "Boot Camp"

Learn everything about History Fair in one intense day-- from planning in your classroom to assessing the final product.

Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, Chicago

Contact info@chicagohistoryfair.org with any questions.

“As a veteran teacher, it is so good to have relevant and strong professional development that leads to something great for my students. Through this very strong social studies research project, my students had to read, write, and think so much -- and I don't even think they noticed how hard they were working!”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 9am-3pm
Register for the Boot Camp: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-july-13-2016-tickets-26282849711.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 9am-3pm
Register for the Boot Camp: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-august-16-2016-tickets-26283552814.


nhd logoHistory Fair teachers are encouraged to take advantage of the National History Day Graduate Courses for Teachers 2016-2017

Download the information flyer or see below:


  • Introduction to Project-Based Learning Through the NHD Curriculum Framework (Offered July-August 2016, January-April 2017, and July-August 2017)

The following courses require either five years of History Fair experience or completion of the Introduction to Project-Based Learning course (see above):

  • Developing Websites to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills (August-September, 2016)
  • Conducting Historical Research in the NHD Model (September.-December, 2016)
  • Developing Exhibits to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills (October-November, 2016)
  • Writing and Editing for NHD (January-March, 2017)
  • Developing Documentaries to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills (Summer,  2017)
  • Developing Performances to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills (Summer, 2017)

nhd graduate course

LEARN MORE: NHD.org/OnlineEducation

Graduate credit offered through the University of San Diego.


Taking a Stand in Women’s Political History: From the Electoral to the Radical

UIC Special Collections, date is TBA

Contact info@chicagohistoryfair.org with any questions.


Previous 2015-2016 Workshops -- Sorry you missed them!

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute: "Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920"

University of Illinois at Chicago
June 26-July 22, 2016

Applications are due by March 1, 2016!

Some say we live in a second “Gilded Age.” Why do these historical periods—and the issues, events, and personalities of more than a century ago—still matter so much?

Chicago's rich Progressive Era history will be highlighted through the program's readings, discussions, lectures, inquiries, and explorations of historical and cultural resources. Participants will explore Hull House, take bus tours featuring significant sites in the city's labor history, investigate archival collections, and examine the impact of place through architecture. During the four-week institute, teachers will contemplate and debate how individuals and groups defined, reformed, and contributed to a vision for American democracy, opportunity, and culture. Robert Johnston (UIC), Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago), Rachel Allmen (CMHEC), and Michael Biondo (Maine South High School) will lead the institute.

Contact rallmen@chicagohistoryfair.org if you have questions about eligibility or the application process. You can also find more information at www.gildedandprogressive.org.

This program can only accept a limited number of participants from the Chicago area, but please share this information with teachers in other parts of the country who might be interested.


The Website Certification Training

Training for History Fair teachers is an online tutorial. Teachers must be certified to offer the category to their students.

Website Certification

IMPORTANT NOTE TO TEACHERS: We are pleased to see your interest in the History Fair’s newest category, historical websites. Any teacher that wants to enter student website projects in the History Fair this year is required to take the training, below, and earn certification.


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