Judges & Volunteers


2018 Southeastern Colorado History Day
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Colorado State University-Pueblo

Click here to register to judge for 2017 Southeastern Colorado History Day

Are you an educator, graduate student, archivist, librarian, history buff, or average Joe?  Do you want to make a difference in local education? Consider volunteering to judge the 2018 Southeastern Colorado History Day.

The Southeastern Colorado History Day competition is a one-day event in which middle and high school students from throughout the Pueblo region gather to show their projects, each focused on the National History Day theme, which in 2018 is Conflict and Compromise. Projects include exhibit boards, papers, documentaries, websites and live performances. Each project tackles a specific person, people or event in history. Judges are needed to assess the quality of the projects and ultimately decide who will advance to the statewide competition. Winners at the state level advance to the National History Day competition in June at the University of Maryland.

If you have an interest in working with kids and want to be more involved in the Southern Colorado community, judging at History Day is a great opportunity. We provide judge training and all of the support you need. In addition, on the day of the competition you will work with other judges to assess projects, so you will always have access to experienced judges who can help guide you.

If you are interested in judging, please contact Southeastern Colorado History Day coordinator Jeff Sloan at 719-242-3330 or sloan_jeff@q.com.

Judge training will take place March 10, 2018, 9:00-11:30 am, at Connect Charter School, 104 E. 7th St., Pueblo, CO. We will contact you via email with more details once the date is established. Can’t make in-person Judge Training? Please complete Online Judge’s Training!

Do you want to be a part of History Day, without acting as a judge? Consider volunteering. Volunteers will help direct teachers and students to locations around the CSU-Pueblo campus, will act as gophers during the busy day, and will be given special t-shirts so that they stand out in the crowd! If you want to volunteer, please email Jeff Sloan at sloan_jeff@q.com, or call 719-242-3330.

Resources for Judges:
Judging Tips and Rules Summary
Questions Judges Might Ask
Providing Age-Appropriate Feedback
The Judging Process
Judging Forms
Judging Criteria
Online Judge’s Training

The goal of National History Day is to provide students with a high quality, educational experience–regardless of whether or not they win a prize.  The judges’ evaluation is part of the learning and skill-building process of NHD.  The judges’ evaluation helps students improve their skills and provides positive feedback and constructive criticism for the hard work students have put into their projects.  The judges’ comments also provide students with ideas for revisions and enhancements as they move from one contest level to the next.

  • Basic Information
    -Judges are trained on how to judge and are given detailed instructions.
    -Judges do NOT need to be historians or be experts in the field.
    -Judges work in teams of three, with at least one veteran leading.
    -Judges interview students and talk with them about their research.
    -Judges evaluate students’ projects using a rubric, and rank the projects.
    -All projects are evaluated—and all students interviewed—in the first rounds when finalists are determined.  Finalists are evaluated in the final rounds when winners are determined.

Remember, you do not need to be an historian or have any knowledge of student topics to judge. This is the student’s day to teach you something!


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