TTU & K-12 GLOBAL EDUCATION OUTREACH RECOGNIZED FOR SOUTH PLAINS HISTORY DAY SUPPORT
On Tuesday March 22nd, the winners of the South Plains Regional History Day competition, TTU, and the Office of International Affair's K-12 Global Education Outreach (GEO) were recognized by the City of Lubbock for their efforts during this year's annual Regional South Plains History Day competition. With support from TTU's Honor's College and History Department, the K-12 GEO unit has been hosting the competition for more than five years now and it continues to grow expanding to include four major school districts in the region. Tuesday evening's ceremony honored TTU partners and K-12 GEO for their role in organizing and encouraging students of the South Plains region to learn about their regional, national, and international history and culture through the competition which encourages students to remember that through history, we can learn how government, culture, and ideals effect our daily lives. This year 115 students across the South Plains participated in the regional competition with 40 advancing to the state level.
In addition to organizing and hosting the annual Regional South Plains History Day competition, K-12 GEO also provides professional development for teachers for building research skills for students. This is done in collaboration with the TTU Library, Honors College, and History Department faculty who assist in providing the training. Following the competition, the K-12 GEO unit also organizes a “Winners Workshop” which pairs the winners of the History Day competition with Texas Tech University history professors and graduate students to further define their historical research project to prepare for the state competition.
K-12 GEO is extremely grateful for the continued support of our campus partners and from Lubbock City Councilman Randy Christian this year in helping to make the competition a success. We would be remiss if we did not recognize the hard work of Region 17 teachers and many hours of support they have provided to their students in preparing for this competition as well.
Best of luck to these South Plains students as they advance to the state Texas History Day Competition in Austin, TX on April 23rd.