New York, NY (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
Today the Pearson Foundation announced the winners of the 2012 My Voice National Student Mock Election Awards. Winners were honored in five categories: statewide, school district, school, classroom and student-led.
Some of the United States’ leading educational organizations joined the My Voice National Student Mock Election in sponsoring these awards for outstanding student voter educational projects in the 2012 election year. The awards recognize the students, teachers, administrators and many others who helped advance civic engagement across the nation.
The My Voice National Student Mock Election Awards were presented to:
Oregon Student Mock Election
School District Projects, sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators Award for outstanding leadership in voter education
Fort Bend Independent School District
Sugar Land, TX
School Projects, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals Award for outstanding contributions to teaching democracy
Kwajalein Junior/Senior High School
Armed Forces Pacific, Marshall Islands
Classroom Projects, sponsored by the League of Women Voters for increasing parent and community participation in the Mock Election and/or in the actual election
East Elementary – 5th Grade
Student-led Projects, sponsored by the National Association of Student Councils/Ruth Hollander Award for outstanding contributions to democratic participation
Chapel Hill Middle School Mock Election
“Groundbreaking American educator Dr. Ralph Tyler taught us that children learn from what they do, not what their teachers do; in turn we applaud the creative educators who used the My Voice National Student Mock Election to motivate students to ‘learn by doing,’” said National Student/Parent Mock Election President Gloria Kirshner. “Our goal is to help young people understand what ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people’ really means. By empowering the next generation to share their opinions about the issues that matter most and participate in civic discourse, we shape the future of our nation.”
“Engaging students in a dialogue and inspiring them to share their views is one of the most important things we can do,” said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker. “The Pearson Foundation, along with our valued partners, is honored to present the 2012 My Voice National Student Mock Election Awards to an admirable group of educators and students.”
The My Voice National Student Mock Election, a digital initiative of the Pearson Foundation, builds on the 30-year history of the National Student/Parent Mock Election and My Voice, the leading program in student voice. Millions of young voters have participated in the National Student/Parent Mock Election while learning about the importance of using their own voice to share perspectives on important issues.
In 2012, more than 60 national civic, educational and business organizations served as cooperating organizations and partners. To view all of the winners and learn more about the My Voice National Student Mock Election, visit http://www.nationalmockelection.org.
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About the My Voice™ National Student Mock Election
In 2012, the Pearson Foundation created the My Voice™ National Student Mock Election. A combination of two great initiatives, the My Voice National Student Mock Election is built on the rich legacy of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, the United States’ largest civic engagement project, and on My Voice, the leading name in student voice. To date this program has reached more than 10 million students and continues to engage students, parents and educators in the democratic process. More information can be found at http://www.nationalmockelection.org.
About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic and business organizations to provide financial, organizational and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at http://www.pearsonfoundation.org.