Congressional Briefing on History Education Hosted by Cokie Roberts


History Education a Boon to Student Performance and Job Skills, Study Shows

National Program Evaluation To Be Released during Congressional Briefing Hosted by Cokie Roberts; Thursday, Jan. 27th, 9:30 a.m.

College Park, Md. – Students who participated in the National History Day (NHD) educational program perform better on high-stakes tests, are better writers, more confident and capable researchers, and have a more mature perspective on current events and civic engagement than their peers, according to the first national evaluation of the widely used curricular program. The report will be released during a Congressional Briefing hosted by Cokie Roberts on Thursday, January 27th in Washington, D.C.

Congressional Briefing on National History Day Program Evaluation

Thursday, January 27, 2011
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET

124 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.

Cokie Roberts
, Journalist, Author and Commentator
Cathy Gorn, Ph.D., NHD Executive Director
Amma Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Ph.D., NHD Alumnus
Jon Gillum, Esq., NHD Alumnus
NHD Students

About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a year-long academic organization for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in a national competition each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. Visit