Jefferson Middle School Wins My Voice National Student Mock Election Award

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 4:11pm

The My Voice National Student Mock Election is pleased to announce that Jefferson Middle School is the honorable mention recipient of the National Association of Secondary School Principals Award for outstanding contributions to teaching democracy – 2012 School Project. Leading educational organizations, in conjunction with the My Voice National Student Mock Election, sponsored awards for outstanding student voter educational projects. The awards recognize the students, teachers, administrators and many others who helped advance civic engagement across the nation.

“Participating in the National Student Mock Election is an engaging and exciting way for students to understand that voting is a right to be taken very seriously. I always want to encourage critical thought and investigation in my classroom, which the elections provide a perfect platform,” stated Christine Adrian, 8th Grade Social Studies Building Leader at Jefferson Middle School. “It is an honor for my work to be recognized by an association I respect.

With a focus on media literacy, Jefferson Middle School students examined political news and advertising and, as a result, learned how civic responsibility requires solid research and questioning skills. Lessons reinforced that every citizen has a voice and encouraged family conversations.

“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. More than 50 million young voters have participated 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 the My Voice National Student Mock Election, visit www.nationalmockelection.org.