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Southern Miss to Host National History Day Workshop in Jackson

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The University of Southern Mississippi Department of History, through sponsorship from the Mississippi Humanities Council, is hosting an instructional workshop on National History Day in Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the William Winter Building Orientation Room in downtown Jackson. This free workshop, financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council, is designed for high school and middle school teachers, students and parents, as well as homeschooling parents of middle and high school aged children.

Attendees will learn more about National History Day, especially about Mississippi’s state contest which will be held March 25, 2017 at Southern Miss. Speakers at the workshop will explain how to implement National History Day projects in history, English, government, foreign language and/or social studies classes, as well as how to link these projects to testing standards in the state.

This past spring, approximately 120 students from high schools throughout the state brought their yearlong research projects in the form of exhibitions, papers, documentaries, performances or websites to Southern Miss to be observed and judged by panels that included Southern Miss history professors.

Workshop presenters will include Al Wheat, history teacher at Gautier High School and co-coordinator of National History Day in Mississippi; Elizabeth Green, history teacher at Pascagoula High School; Jackson State History Professor and Director of the Margaret Walker Center; Stacey Everett, Mississippi Department of Archives and History Education Director; and Dorian Randall, Mississippi Department of Archives and History Outreach Programs Coordinator.

Through its sponsorship of National History Day in Mississippi, the History department at Southern Miss hopes to assist teachers by making National History Day a useful classroom resource, something that can enrich existing lessons and reduce the burden on already over-burdened educators.

For more information about this workshop and future workshops for National History Day in Mississippi, and for a list of resources for teachers, visit www.usm.edu/history/national-history-day-mississippi. You may also contact Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, assistant professor of history at Southern Miss and co-coordinator of NHD in Mississippi by calling 601.266.5848 or by emailing rebecca.tuuri@usm.edu for more information.