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The Chicago Metro History Fair offers professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects. Check out the listings below for our 2017-2018 workshops, seminars, and institutes. For more information, or to register, contact historyfair@chicagohistory.org

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

2017-2018 Professional Development Programs

boot camp 2017

Introduction to History Fair: 

“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!”

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

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

Thursday, August 3, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-august-3-2017-tickets-34837850950

Thursday, August 24, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-august-24-2017-tickets-34837909124

Saturday, October 14, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-october-14-2017-tickets-34917492159

Saturday, November 18, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-november-18-2017-tickets-36528160712


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.



kickoff 2016


History Fair Teachers Kickoff

Monday, November 6, 2017
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
5:00-7:30 pm

"The Kickoff is the catalyst that gets me motivated each year. I appreciate the enthusiasm of the staff as well as the insight of the speakers. Sometimes a single statement about the topic can help me direct my students and inspire them."

Explore the new theme, "Conflict and Compromise in Chicago and Illinois History."

Parking information at: http://www.chicagohistory.org/planavisit/visitorinformation/#parking


The Website Certification Training

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


Sorry you missed them . . . Past professional development programs:



A two-day course in doing History Fair which includes the logistics and methods as well as an experiential, hands-on learning component.

Wednesday, July 12 - Thursday, July 13, 2017 9:30am-3:30pm
Chicago History Museum and Harold Washington Library

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-methods-course-tickets-35009045999

Living in the City: Social and Environmental Justice, the Parks. An Inquiry.

In this program, study the issues and history of the parks from an environmental and class/justice framework.  How have decisions impacted communities and what is the role and impact of citizen action. Open to all middle grades and high school social studies teachers.

Historians and librarians will present and guide teachers through a mini-inquiry which culminates with bus tour and lunch. Teachers will receive free materials, 18 hours of professional development, and upon full completion a certificate as a Burnham Centennial Fellow and an honorarium.See the registration for more details and to register/apply for the course.

Monday, July 17-Wednesday, July 19, 2017



Introduction to History Fair: 

Thursday, July 6, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-july-6-2017-tickets-34837290273


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