Who Will Students “Elect” in 2016?
Submitted by Richard Palmer ... on June 27, 2016 - 1:27pm
The National Student/Parent Mock Election gives American students, and parents too if they wish, all across the country and around the world, the opportunity to cast their votes for candidates in both the federal and state elections. They may also vote on the issues they care about.
This program builds on the 36-year history of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, the leading program in student voting. More than 50 million young voters have participated while learning about the importance of using their own voice to share their perspectives on important issues. In 2016, national student voting begins on October 24 and culminates on November 3, National Mock Election day, 5 days in advance of the nation’s election.
“The National Student/Parent Mock Election is proud to announce a new partnership for 2016,” said Gloria Kirshner, president. Win My Vote will be providing online ballots featuring multimedia candidate and ballot issue profiles for this project. Students, parents, teachers and home schoolers will be able to hear directly from each candidate (video) as well as the leading arguments "for" and "against" the ballot issues before casting their vote. The ballots are browser based (no downloaded needed) and can be easily accessible via any internet-enabled device (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.). The ballots will also provide for real-time voting stats on how the candidates and ballot issues are doing.
Sixty national civic, educational, religious, and business organizations serve as cooperating organizations and partners. 2016 partners include: Win My Vote, American Association of School Administrators, Barquin International, BrainPOP, Council of the Great City Schools, Don’t Forget Ed, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Secretaries of State, National Association of Student Councils, National Council for the Social Studies, National School Boards Association, NIE Institute, Rand McNally and USA Today.
Teachers (including home school instructors) are encouraged to use the free materials and curriculum (http://nationalmockelection.org/curriculum-2/) developed for the program to create thoughtful lessons leading up to and around the upcoming election of the president, U.S. senators and state governors where there is a race, and U.S. representatives. Students can also express their opinions on national issues.
Social Studies educators who wish to volunteer as state or school district coordinators or co-coordinators are invited to email Gloria Kirshner at NSPME@aol.com. Please include a phone number and convenient times to call you. This is an outstanding opportunity for you to demonstrate leadership in the profession.
Teachers Guides, updated for 2016, are slated to be posted by September. The topics (Democracy, Immigration, the Economy, and Liberty and Justice for All) will be discussed in terms the issues at stake in this election. There will be special emphasis on civil discourse.
The Mock Election will feature an online ballot option that’s easily accessible from any Internet-enabled device: computer, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. With just a few clicks teachers and students can join the NSPME, review candidate profiles, discuss issues, and cast their vote. NSPME will tally the votes in real-time.
You may register entire school districts free. For more information and to register to vote, go to www.nationalmockelection.org.
From The Social Studies Professional, NCSS.
We are accepting ENROLLMENT for one of America's greatest traditions: the National Student/Parent Mock Election, coming November 3, 2016 (election is November 8, 2016)!
To participate, your students need only to place simulated voting on real-life candidates, at any time of your choosing between October 24 and November 3, 2016.
You can enroll your students at any time right up until noon local time November 3, 2016; signing up your class takes little more than five minutes.
The voting process is also built to be convenient and easy for you to build into your classroom happenings. Voting takes 1 to 2 minutes per student using our new online voting engine; teachers can also choose to use paper ballots, although that route uses a lot more paper and time!
Teachers: find help with teaching aids, suggested classroom activities, and curriculum guides here. Schools and classes that "go all out" in celebrating their NSPME participation can apply for awards!
Great partners like USA Today and BrainPOP are working hard to bring you this opportunity, first founded by Gloria Kirshner and her late husband Edward Stanley 34 years ago.
Help us make this work: join the 50 million other Americans throughout history for whom the National Student/Parent Mock Election has been a pivotal part of learning about democracy.