Free Teacher Development Workshops for National History Day

National History Day, Coastal Carolina University, and South Carolina Humanities will offer two free Teacher Development Workshops to explore high-impact, inquiry-based learning in middle and high school classrooms. The workshops will take place on Friday, September 13, 2024 at Beaufort School District in Beaufort and Friday, September 27, 2024 at Claflin University in Orangeburg. Teachers are invited to register now.

National History Day’s core program is a competition in which students in grades 6–12 choose a topic and dive deeply into the past by conducting extensive research in libraries, archives, and museums. They then present their conclusions and evidence through papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, or websites, moving through a series of contest levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

Through the year-long curriculum, students develop skills in communication, project management, and critical thinking. The teachers do as well. National History Day has been designed to help teachers and schools meet educational standards.

Title 1 teachers in the following fields are invited to register for the workshops: social studies teachers, English/language arts teachers, library media specialists, and special educators, and pre-service teachers in grades 6–12. The workshops are free, but registration is required. Teachers participating in the workshops will be compensated $100.

Register here!

The teacher workshops are part of the “History by and for All: Engaging the Underserved in NHD in South Carolina” effort spearheaded by Coastal Carolina University and South Carolina Humanities through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other activities include developing an Advisory Council; strengthening partnerships with the South Carolina Historical Association, Trident Technical College, HBCUs, and the University of South Carolina to secure more scholars, judges and community advocates for the program; and developing data collection procedures to ensure diverse involvement in South Carolina History Day.

Questions? Or to register for the workshops via email, contact Brandon Palmer at

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 National Endowment for the Humanities,  World Education Foundation, Patricia Behring Foundation, 400 Years of African American History Commission, History Channel, Pritzker Military Foundation, The Better Angels Society, National Park Service, Dr. Scholl Foundation, History NET, Doughboy Foundation, Tom Lauer, and Skehan Communications. For more information, visit

About Coastal Carolina University: Coastal Carolina University is a comprehensive, public liberal arts institution in Conway, South Carolina. More than 10,000 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 145 student clubs and organizations. The Department of History in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts is proud to support education and the amazing South Carolina History Day throughout the state.

About South Carolina Humanities: The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.