WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tess Kahn, the History Chair at Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont, is one of 114 teachers selected for a National History Day® program titled Legacies of World War I. The program is a partnership between the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day. Kahn will participate in webinars and discussions while learning about World War I with teachers from around the world. As one of the selected teachers, Kahn receives free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the online program. Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates could choose two teachers for this honor and the National History Day program in Vermont selected Kahn.
“As part of the commemoration of the centennial of The Great War, National History Day is proud to partner with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to help teachers delve into the history of this global event,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Kahn will learn about specific aspects of the war she can take back to the classroom to ensure this piece of global history is not forgotten.” Kahn is excited about this opportunity: “LTS is an International Baccalaureate World School, so I am particularly looking forward to partnering with peers across the globe in acquiring even deeper teachable knowledge about the seminal epoch that is World War I.” Head of School Seth Linfield saluted Kahn on this honor, saying, “At LTS, it is not just our students who are continuously learning. This recognition for Tess Kahn is richly deserved. Everyone here deeply respects Tess as a teacher, a colleague and a role model.”
This program is part of an educational partnership with the WWI Commission, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, National History Day, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. This new educational partnership will educate both teachers and school students about World War I through a series of more than 100 teaching events nationwide.
About National History Day (NHD): NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. At the June 2018 National History Day, two of Kahn’s students, Lang Quail and Oisin Harrington, won the Best in Vermont, Senior Division Award for their exhibit entitled The Destructive Compromise: The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921.
About Long Trail School (LTS): LTS is a coeducational, college preparatory day school located in Dorset, Vermont for motivated students in grades 6 through 12. We take pride in small class sizes, a talented and committed faculty, welcoming community spirit and a rigorous curriculum complemented by the celebrated International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The IB curriculum emphasizes how to learn, how to problem solve, and how to reach considered conclusions on the many issues that will face students in the future. Founded in 1975, Long Trail offers a state-of-the-art campus on 16 acres of rolling grounds Long Trail students come from a range of towns in southwestern Vermont and New York state, as well as several foreign countries.