At this Education Roundtable Talk, Dr. Jennifer Jaso will discuss National History Day (NHD) and ways to engage students in historical research and writing. As the Florida History Day District Coordinator for Sarasota, Dr. Jaso is eager to bring awareness of NHD to Sarasota County teachers. NHD is an opportunity for teachers and students to engage in research and writing skills while nurturing creative expression through elevating student voices as young historians. Implemented internationally for almost 50 years, NHD is a program designed for middle and high schoolers to choose a topic based on an annual theme, conduct research, develop a unique evidence-based argument, and more. Students can create a website, historical paper, documentary, exhibitions, and even perform!
While NHD may seem like a tremendous undertaking for any teacher, Dr. Jaso is excited to share how she made it manageable and to encourage participation for the benefit of our students. She will share a timeline, instructional strategies, and resources to support teachers across the district.
About Dr. Jennifer Jaso:
Dr. Jennifer Jaso is an award-winning teacher in Sarasota County. She is the 2022 Sarasota County Schools Teacher of the Year and top-five finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year. Dr. Jaso holds a doctorate in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in American history. Her research has included secondary social science instruction and student proficiency, historical literacy, and the impact of the Teaching American History Grant on teaching and learning. Continued efforts to support historical literacy in schools and in the community led her and her colleagues to create the Florida Council for History Education, a nonprofit dedicated to the advocacy of history in education.
Dr. Jaso’s passion for history and for its power to shape the future collide with her love for working with children. She is committed to cultivating a community of lifelong learners who appreciate the past through research, inquiry, corroboration, and project-based learning.
She has been married to her husband, Ryan, for 16 years. They have two children. Jack is seven years old, and Sutton is four. She loves to host parties, travel, watch sports, and spend time with family and friends.