National History Day (NHD) announced the 18 middle and high school teachers selected to participate in the American Battle Monuments Commission’s (ABMC) Understanding Sacrifice program. The selected teachers will conduct an in-depth study of World War II in northern Europe and create teaching activities using ABMC resources.
The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is partnering with NHD in this year-long program and will design the companion website to share the classroom activities developed through the teacher institute. The goal of the project is to provide classroom activities that are:
- Accurate: grounded in current scholarship about WWII, the evolving role of ABMC, and the commemoration of WWII;
- Engaging: shaped by recent research on teaching and learning about the past and focused on hands-on student interaction that promotes active learning — “doing history” — as well as learning from multiple disciplinary perspectives; and
- Relevant: cross-curricular, flexible, and adaptable for a diverse range of middle and high school classroom settings.
In late October, the group will host the first teacher workshop on Mason’s Arlington Campus and will work with teachers throughout the year to develop activities. The institute culminates in a two-week field study of ABMC cemeteries in northern Europe.
“NHD is constantly looking for new opportunities to connect students with the past,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “We are fortunate to have this opportunity to work with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University to help the ABMC develop a website for Understanding Sacrifice that illuminates the service, experiences and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen during World War II in northern Europe.”
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC administers 25 overseas military cemeteries, and 26 memorials, monuments, and markers. For more information visit www.abmc.gov.
NHD is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, Weider History Group, Inc., and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information about NHD, visit www.nhd.org.