Congratulations to IDEA History Teacher Bill Stevens, who was one of five DC teachers selected to participate in the professional development program Inspiring Student Research with the Library of Congress presented by National History Day (NHD).
National History Day selected Mr. Stevens to be one of 210 teachers from across the country to learn about "using Library of Congress primary and secondary sources to develop and support student research skills," according to a NHD press release. The online sessions in the program will be based on NHD’s 2022 theme: Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. An expert historian will lead four live webinars, and by the end of the course, Mr. Stevens will have created a customized plan for using Library of Congress resources in his classroom at IDEA.
“The teachers in this course develop crucial skills in locating and analyzing primary documents," said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Dorn. "They also discuss how to use primary documents in the classroom, learning a variety of pedagogical approaches that will benefit students’ learning for many years.”
In 2019 Mr. Stevens introduced his classes to another trove of primary sources--the DC History Center. Mr. Stevens has long been active in National History Day, guiding his scholars through the process of completing projects and sharing what they learned within and outside the IDEA community. In 2020, IDEA senior Michael Artemus won second place at the DC NHD competition.
IDEA is proud of Mr. Stevens for being chosen for this wonderful opportunity and excited to find out what his scholars will learn and discover as a result.