Boise Teacher Selected for National Webinar

Boise Teacher Selected for National Webinar
Posted on 08/11/2020
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- August 11, 2020 -- Ms. Gina Watson, a teacher at Pierce Park Elementary, is one of only 98 teachers selected for a National History Day® (NHD) summer professional development program. This new course focuses on using online Library of Congress resources to develop and support historical arguments and is a feature of NHD’s membership in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium. Over the course of the series, Ms. Watson has explored digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, engaged in four live webinar programs and discussions with fellow educators from across the country, and developed resources to use with students in her classroom. 

The National History Day program in Idaho selected Ms. Watson. NHD affiliates include all 50 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and international school programs in China, South Asia, and South Korea.

“As a TPS Consortium member, we are thrilled to utilize the vast array of digitized primary sources made available online by the Library of Congress,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “At the conclusion of this course, Ms. Watson will be able to share with her students the key strategies for researching, supporting, and presenting historical arguments backed up by these primary sources. This is a crucial skill in teaching and learning good history, and is especially valuable now when so many students and teachers across the country are engaged in remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.” 
As one of the selected teachers, Ms. Watson receives free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the online program. 

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 HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, The Better Angels Society, Jacqueline B. Mars, and BBVA. For more information, visit

About National History Day in Idaho:

National History Day in Idaho is sponsored by the Idaho State Historical Society and exists to teach essential historical literacy and to promote learning through analysis and interpretation of history. Participation in NHD in Idaho inspires informed citizenship by linking students to academic resources, enriching experiences, and interpersonal relationships. The Idaho State Historical Society has been sponsoring NHD in Idaho for 35 years. Over 2,500 students across Idaho participate. For more information visit