Chief Umtuch Middle School Teacher Beth DOughtyBGPS teacher receives National History Day scholarship

Chief Umtuch Middle School history teacher Beth Doughty is one of 114 teachers selected for a National History Day scholarship program titled Legacies of World War I. The program is a partnership between the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day.

Doughty will participate in four live webinars with World War I historians from around the world while developing a classroom activity to use with her students in the spring. Following the conclusion of the course, she will also share her knowledge with other teachers at two local presentations.

Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates could choose two teachers for this honor, and the National History Day program in Washington selected Doughty. As one of the selected teachers, Doughty receives free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the online program.

“As part of the commemoration of the centennial of The Great War, National History Day is proud to partner with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to help teachers delve into the history of this global event,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Doughty will learn about specific aspects of the war she can take back to the classroom to ensure this piece of global history is not forgotten.”

This program is part of an educational partnership with the WWI Commission, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, National History Day, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. This new educational partnership will educate both teachers and school students about World War I through a series of more than 100 teaching events nationwide. More Information about the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission can be found here: www.ww1cc.org.

About National History Day (NHD): NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park that 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 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 HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and Southwest Airlines. For more information, visit nhd.org.

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