Professional Development

Our programs are designed to provide intensive, content-rich professional development that combines historical topics and pedagogical techniques to make history come alive for teachers and students--thereby raising levels of success for each.

An NCHE Colloquium is custom-tailored to the needs of your education agency. Our colloquia are typically led by a three-person team that includes an academic historian, a master classroom teacher, and a learning/curriculum specialist. The presenter team creates their sessions with the question, Why do we study history?  With NCHE's Vital Themes and Narratives in mind,  they help teachers to understand, How do we study history? 

We offer: 


History Colloquium (1, 2 & 3-day)

History Academy (5+ days)

State Council Partnerships (Call about state council conferences, workshops, and inservices)

Annual Conference

Consultants (grant or curriculum writing, assessment, and much more)

Keynote Presenters

Additional activities tailored to your needs.

NCHE and Teacher Professional Development in History
The Colloquium Model was pioneered, researched, and successfully executed by NCHE in 12 states and 21 Colloquia with over 1,000 teachers, under a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) beginning in 1993. Because NCHE's Colloquium model, its Vital Themes and Narratives, and History's Habits of the Mind were created based on research illustrating best practices in content-specific professional development, NCHE was a leading partner with Local Education Agencies applying for U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grants. Since 2001, NCHE has delivered teacher professional development in school districts across the country. 

Why Partner with NCHE?
NCHE is a non-profit organization. We rely on our partnerships to accomplish our mission of leading the teaching and learning of history.

We custom-tailor each colloquium to the needs of the teachers.

Because we have partnered with so many districts over the years, we have a large network of noted historians, master classroom teachers, learning/curriculum specialists, and experienced project managers to give your teachers a unique and exciting professional development experience.

We are an organization that continually serves history educators, enabling us to sustain our partnerships beyond the face-to-face activities of a professional development experience.

We are governed by a Board of Directors that includes a wide group of individuals united by their passion for history education.

For more information about NCHE's history-centered professional development programs, please email


About NCHE

The National Council for History Education provides professional and intellectual leadership to foster an engaged community committed to the teaching, learning, and appreciation of diverse histories.