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National History Day

It's more than a day, it's an experience!

aka NHD   |   College Park, MD   |  http://www.nhd.org

Mission

National History Day improves the teaching and learning of history.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Dr. Cathy Gorn

Main address

4511 Knox Road Suite 205

College Park, MD 20740 USA

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EIN

34-1262642

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National History Day

National History Day's operating programs include: a national student contest, a contest that awards outstanding students and teachers from across the country for excellence; the NHD teacher institute, a program that develops educators' teaching skills; and the NHD annual golf tournament that supports student internships; and teacher workshops throughout the country. NHD also produces a newsletter and Web site that includes lesson plans and activities for students and teachers. NHD partnered with The National Archives and created the "Our Documents" initiative to engage Americans in a better understanding of 100 milestone documents that shape our nation. In addition, NHD is a part of the American Journeys project with the Wisconsin Historical society a program dedicated to providing more than 18,000 primary sources to students and teachers.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

National Humanities Medal 2011

President of the United States

the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award 2014

the Society of American Archivists

Charles Frankel Prize for Public Programming in the Humanities 1990

National Endowment for the Humanities

Exemplary Program 1995

President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities report: Creative America

Affiliations & memberships

National Humanities Medal 2011

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To improve the teaching and learning of history.

National History Day is growing its outreach to teachers and students at high-needs schools to engage them in the program by providing necessary resources and training, both in-person and virtually. Among other efforts to this end, we now offer on-demand in-classroom workshops and are increasing the accessibility of our virtual programming by providing scholarships for our online educator-oriented courses. We aim to further develop both initiatives in the coming school year.

We are also creating primary source-based curriculum materials to help educators teach history more inclusively and encourage students to develop their analytical skills and consider the broader significance of what they have learned. For instance, our new Moving Freedom Forward series, forthcoming later in 2023, includes teacher sourcebooks on African American history containing pedagogical and contextualizing articles, as well as lesson plans. We hope to expand this project by producing similar sourcebooks that cover the history of other minority groups (e.g., Asian, Jewish, Indigenous, and Latinx) in America.

Finally, we are making a concerted effort to diversify the NHD contest judging and volunteer pools through outreach to professional associations and societies such as the Association of Black Women Historians.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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Board of directors
as of 05/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Celie Niehaus

BBVA Compass

Jim Harris

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/15/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/17/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.