Use your National History Day research to help meet some of the requirements for the California State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE). The Civic Summit at History Day California provides students, grades 9 - 12, an opportunity to engage in civil discourse with other students on their topic in a conversation moderated by a community activist, lawmaker, or expert in the topic.
Civic Summit Takes Place
Saturday, April 15, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
How to Participate
1st – CONNECT WITH AN ISSUE
When choosing your topic, think about a real-world problem you are interested in knowing more about. Trace the causes of your problem to its historic roots. Your NHD topic will be the historic cause of your real-world problem You will research and create an NHD project around the causes of your topic, but your civic related issue will be the impact of those causes.
2nd – CONDUCT HISTORY DAY RESEARCH & INQUIRY
Your History Day Annotated Bibliography meets the inquiry requirements for the SSCE.
3rd – ATTEND A COUNTY HISTORY DAY CONTEST
Any senior division student who attends a county History Day contest is eligible to participate. Even if you are not competing in the state contest, you are still eligible to participate in the Civic Summit.
4th – WRITE A LETTER OF INTENT
The registration process includes answering the questions required for the Letter of Intent and uploading your Annotated Bibliography.
5th – MEET ALL DEADLINES
Registration closes April 1, 2023. Your registration must include your Letter of Intent answers and your Annotated Bibliography.
A Letter of Intent must address the following
- A description of your real-world problem
Based on your historical research, what real-world problem would you like to address?
- Multiple Perspectives
How do multiple perspectives shape the real-world problem? What are the different perspectives? Who are potential stakeholders?
How did your research demonstrate the long term impacts of the real-world problem?
- Why Civic Engagement
How do you see your real-world problem being impacted by systems of power and governments?