History Day

What Is New Jersey History Day?

New Jersey History Day is not just a day, but every day! It is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an exciting education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical tropics, making history come alive for students.  Students conduct historical research that leads to dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, websites, and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, regional, and state competitions that culminate in a national contest every June at the University of Maryland.

For more than thirty years the National History Day program has promoted systemic educational reform related to the teaching and learning of history in America's schools. The combination of creativity and scholarship built into the NHD program anticipated current educational reforms, making National History Day a leading model of performance-based learning. 

National History Day reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative and cooperative learning. A national evaluation of the National History Day program found that participants:

  • Outperform non-NHD peers on standardized tests
  • Are better writers, able to use evidence to support their point of view
  • Become critical thinkers who can analyze and evaluate information
  • Learn 21st century college and career ready skills

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The History Day program is open to all students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day - public, private, parochial, and homeschool students; urban, suburban and rural students; gifted students and students with special needs.

Nancy Norris-Bauer is the New Jersey State Coordinator and can be contacted at norrisn@wpunj.edu

Check out the following link for a video with more information on NJ History Day :