National History Day, Inc.
The mission of National History Day is to improve the teaching and learning of history in the elementary and secondary schools so that students become better prepared, knowledgeable citizens.
NHD is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce performances, exhibits, documentaries, websites, and papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, affiliate, and national competitions. Each year, over 600,000 students and 30,000 teachers participate in the competition and benefit from NHD's curriculum resources.
For more than twenty-five 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.