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West Hartford Teacher Chosen for National History Day Program

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Dave Peling, a teacher at West Hartford’s Hall High School, has been chosen to participate in a program funded by the Library of Congress.


This spring, National History Day (NHD) selected David Peling at William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut for the spring professional development Historical Argumentation Webinar Series. Peling’s enrollment is funded by the Library of Congress.

Now in its third year, the webinar series features resources from the Library of Congress. The course also includes four live webinars with an expert historian. Teachers develop strategies to help their students think like a historian and develop a solid historical argument. The learning modules support NHD’s 2022 theme Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

“The teachers who participate in Historical Argumentation are all dedicated to teaching students about the nuances of creating a sound claim backed by evidence,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The skills of discerning evidence, understanding historical resources, and being able to make sound arguments benefit students throughout their academic and professional careers.”

There are 120 teachers enrolled for the spring 2022 course. Upon completing the series, the teachers will have demonstrated they can use Library of Congress resources to map out a model historical argument. Participants earn professional development credits upon course completion.

This course is made possible by generous funding provided by the Library of Congress and the 400 Years of African American History Commission.

About National History Day (NHD)

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website.

Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by BBVA, Behring Global Education Foundation, The Better Angels Society, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, HISTORY®, Tom Lauer, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and Pritzker Military Museum & Library. For more information, visit nhd.org.

About Connecticut History Day

Connecticut History Day (CHD) is one of 58 affiliate programs of National History Day (NHD). CHD annually engages over 4,000 middle- and high-school students in historical research, interpretation, and creative expression through project based learning. The program seeks to bring students, teachers, museums, and scholars together to support young people as they engage in history. Led by the Connecticut Democracy Center, CHD is presented with major funding and partnership support from CT Humanities. Program support is given by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area and the New Haven Museum. Follow Connecticut History Day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and visit the program’s website at histordayct.org.

About the Connecticut Democracy Center

The Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) provides people with a lifetime pathway to active citizenship and the tools to take civic action in their own communities. CTDC strengthens civic engagement in the Constitution State by providing comprehensive and unbiased educational programming and outreach on state government, civics, history, and citizenship, particularly through its two signature programs: Kid Governor® and Connecticut History Day.

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