Welcome to the Illinois History Day

Important Dates & Times

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THE AWARD CEREMONY IS LIVE!
 

Ceremony: http://bit.ly/2021IHDAwardCeremony
List of Names: http://bit.ly/2021_IHDAwardList

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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 2021 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 2021 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. The Northern, Central, and Southern Regional competitions will use the following dates: 

  • Opening Day for submissions: March 13, 2021
  • Closing Day for submissions: March 26, 2021, by midnight
  • Award Ceremony: April 3, 2021 (Times TBD)

State competition will use the following schedule: 

  • Opening Day for submissions: April 9, 2021
  • Closing Day for submissions: April 23, 2021, by midnight 
  • Primary Judging: April 24-27, 2021
    • Judging to be completed by 7:00pm on April 27 
  • Finals Judging: April 29-May 1, 2021 
    • Judging to be completed by 7:00pm on May 1
  • Award Ceremony: May 3, 2021 (Time TBD)

Deadline for Nationals registration is: May 18, 2021 

 

With many states shifting to a virtual contest, a team of National History Day experts are currently working to provide clear protocols for virtual submissions in each category. While we do not have final guidance on the protocols yet, we will share that information with you when it is released. With that in mind, we encourage you to guide your students to focus on their topic, their research, and developing a strong historical argument for now.

 

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 "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." 

 

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 2021 Team Illinois! 

Update 5: Hullabaloos!

We are hosting virtual Hullabaloos this year and we would love for you and your students to join. These Hullabaloos will be hosted by staff at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and will provide students with research help for the 2021 IHD projects. They can ask questions of our librarians and historians and if they need one-on-one help we can help with that too! We have a series of these this fall so if you miss this Thursday there will be four more chances to attend before the end of the year. We will have more scheduled in the Spring as well.
 

Oct 22 - 4P-6P (Register)
Nov 10 - 4P-6P (Register)
Nov 21 - 10A-12P (Register)
Dec 8 - 4P-6P (Register)
Dec19 - 10A-12P (Register)

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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 April 24 - May 2, 2021. Results will be announced on May 3, 2021.

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 23, 2021! At 11PM on April 23, 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 23 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 2021 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 2021 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: 

  • Opening Day for submissions: April 9, 2021
  • Closing Day for submissions: April 23, 2021, by midnight 
  • Award Ceremony: May 3, 2021 (Time TBD)

Deadline for Nationals registration is: May 18, 2021 

 

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 "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." 

 

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 2021 Team Illinois! 

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