Welcome to the Illinois History Day

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2022 Illinois History Day Results!

 

Welcome to Illinois History Day!

 

I know you've been navigating many unknowns this year and with that, I hope to provide a few clear updates for the 2022 Illinois History Day competition. While we do have a few major changes this year, in the long run, I believe they will make the process easier for our teachers, our students, and our parents. 

 

Update 1: Virtual Competition

Please find below an updated schedule for the virtual contest. "Registration” indicates the time period students will be able to log in to the State Contest page on Z-Fairs and update any materials that they have submitted before they are judged at the state level. The students will be automatically advanced in the system so there will be no need to re-register.

  • March 28 – Open registration
  • April 8 – Close registration
  • April 15 – Launch online judging (all categories)
  • April 22 – First round results due, launch finals as needed
  • April 28 – Final round results due
  • May 2 – Announce results

Please find below the National History Day guidelines for the virtual exhibits as well as how to submit performances virtually. Papers and websites will remain the same with the required materials and submission processes. Documentaries will be submitted virtually and will need all of the supporting materials included in the shared folder.

2021-2022 Official Exhibit Guidelines Final

2021-2022 Virtual Performance Submission Guidelines Final

Update 2: The Contest Rule Book 

After much discussion with stakeholders and the national office, the Illinois History Day competition will now use the National History Day Rule Book. We will no longer use the Illinois History Day Rule Book, so please remove it from circulation with your students. The IHD leadership team determined this would be the best year to change to the NHD Rule Book as it was significantly updated this year. Please take the time thoroughly review the update; for a list of specific changes, see NHD's Summary of Changes

 

NOTE: All project submissions will be subject to the NHD Rule Book and must adhere to the yearly theme. This year's theme is "Debate and Diplomacy

 

Update 3: Evaluation Forms

In addition to updating the Rule Book, NHD also updated the evaluation forms for all categories. Students are now evaluated using a standardized rubric. This will assist judges in providing clear, objective feedback to students while ensuring students understand the expectations in each category and can respond, meaningfully, to judge feedback. The hope is also to enable them to self-reflect on the quality and progress of their projects during the creation stage. 

 

Beginning this year, IHD will use the NHD forms to evaluate students' projects at our Regional and State competitions. You are encouraged to do the same at your local competition.


Please see the updated evaluations below: 

Documentaries

Exhibits

Papers

Performances

Websites

 

To further assist students working on their project, NHD created a project checklist for each category. Please ask your students to use these as they create their projects to ensure their alignment with NHD standards. 

NHD Project Checklist 2021 - Documentary

NHD Project Checklist 2021 - Exhibit

NHD Project Checklist 2021 - Paper

NHD Project Checklist 2021 - Performance

NHD Project Checklist 2021 - Website

 

Update 4: Qualifications

With these changes, all students will be required to compete and rank at a recognized Regional Competition (Northern, Southern, Central, or Chicago Metro) in order to advance to the State competition. 

 

Further, all students who compete at the Illinois History Day state-level competition will now be ranked for advancement to the National History Day competition. Each year we have a substantial number of well-qualified projects that choose to not enter the National History Day competition. We hope this change allows these projects to be considered for advancement and these students to experience success at the National level.

 

I am looking forward to another great year and am excited to see all of the amazing projects our Illinois students will create. We were blown away with what they created last year in the midst of a major shift in education and the competition and I know this year will only be better. Here's to 2022 Team Illinois! 

 

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Student's Main Page

Hello and welcome to Illinois History Day, hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. This year, the Illinois History Day State Contest will be 100% virtual and will take place from March 28 - May 2, 2022. Results will be announced on May 2, 2022.

To complete your registration for Illinois History Day, log in using the same username and password that you used for your regional contest. If you do not know your zFairs username and password please use the zFairs forgot username/password feature. If you are unable to log in, contact staff and we can reset your password if needed.

Be sure that your project is updated in the IHD zFairs system (this page) before April 8, 2022! At 11:59PM on April 8, registration will lock and no further changes will be possible.

Exhibits

Exhibit projects will submit a single PDF file (how to combine PDF files) that contains the following, in this order:

  • Title Page
  • Process Paper
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Virtual Exhibit
Documentaries

Documentary video files will need to be uploaded to a public file sharing service (such as Google Drive) and shared with permission for “anyone with the link to view” your file. Written materials will be uploaded separately as a single PDF file (how to combine PDF filesin this order:

  • title page
  • process paper
  • annotated bibliography
Websites

To submit your website entry, you will need to provide your NHDWebCentral Site Key and Link. Be sure to update your site in NHDWebCentral before the April 8 deadline.

Performances

Performance video files will need to be uploaded to a public file sharing service (such as Google Drive) and shared with permission for “anyone with the link to view” your file. Written materials will be uploaded separately as a single PDF file (how to combine PDF filesin this order:

  • title page
  • process paper
  • performance companion worksheet
  • annotated bibliography
Papers

Papers will be submitted as a single PDF file (how to combine PDF files) that contains the following, in this order:

  • Title Page
  • Process Paper
  • Paper
  • Annotated Bibliography

 

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Teacher Registration

  • Teachers must register themselves BEFORE any of their students will be able to register.
  • You will be able to view/edit your student(s) information in your portal. 

 

I know you've been navigating many unknowns this year and with that, I hope to provide a few clear updates for the 2022 Illinois History Day competition. While we do have a few major changes this year, in the long run, I believe they will make the process easier for our teachers, our students, and our parents. 

 

Update 1: Virtual Competition

First, all Regional and State competitions in Illinois will be virtual for the 2022 season. Rather than a one-day competition, we will use a two-week window for project submissions with a set "Closing Day" to allow for judging. Results will then be shared with students in a reasonable time frame. 

State competition will use the following schedule: 

  • March 28 – Open registration
  • April 8 – Close registration
  • April 15 – Launch online judging (all categories)
  • April 22 – First round results due, launch finals as needed
  • April 28 – Final round results due
  • May 2 – Announce results

 

Update 2: The Contest Rule Book 

After much discussion with stakeholders and the national office, the Illinois History Day competition will now use the National History Day Rule Book. We will no longer use the Illinois History Day Rule Book, so please remove it from circulation with your students. The IHD leadership team determined this would be the best year to change to the NHD Rule Book as it was significantly updated this year. Please take the time thoroughly review the update; for a list of specific changes, see NHD's Summary of Changes

NOTE: All project submissions will be subject to the NHD Rule Book and must adhere to the yearly theme. This year's theme is "Debate and Diplomacy in History."

 

Update 3: Evaluation Forms

In addition to updating the Rule Book, NHD also updated the evaluation forms for all categories. Students are now evaluated using a standardized rubric. This will assist judges in providing clear, objective feedback to students while ensuring students understand the expectations in each category and can respond, meaningfully, to judge feedback. The hope is also to enable them to self-reflect on the quality and progress of their projects during the creation stage. 

 

Beginning this year, IHD will use the NHD forms to evaluate students' projects at our Regional and State competitions. You are encouraged to do the same at your local competition.


Please see the updated evaluations below: 

Documentaries

Exhibits

Papers

Performances

Websites

 

To further assist students working on their project, NHD created a project checklist for each category. Please ask your students to use these as they create their projects to ensure their alignment with NHD standards. 

 

Update 4: Qualifications

With these changes, all students will be required to compete and rank at a recognized Regional Competition (Northern, Southern, Central, or Chicago Metro) in order to advance to the State competition. 

 

Further, all students who compete at the Illinois History Day state-level competition will now be ranked for advancement to the National History Day competition. Each year we have a substantial number of well-qualified projects that choose to not enter the National History Day competition. We hope this change allows these projects to be considered for advancement and these students to experience success at the National level.

 

I am looking forward to another great year and am excited to see all of the amazing projects our Illinois students will create. We were blown away with what they created last year in the midst of a major shift in education and the competition and I know this year will only be better. Here's to 2022 Team Illinois! 

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