FBISD wins My Voice National Student Mock Election Award

Shown during the coin toss prior to the mock election candidate debate at M. R. Wood Center for Learning are: (from left) Eric Renegar, Kodiak Party presidential candidate; Atwood Edshone, social studies teacher and chairman of the Toro Party; Adnan Shiekh, Toro Party presidential candidate; and business teacher Marilyn Taylor, who served as election judge and debate host.

The My Voice National Student Mock Election has announced that Fort Bend ISD is the winner of the American Association of School Administrators Award for outstanding leadership in voter education – 2012 School District 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 that helped advance civic engagement across the nation.

Fort Bend ISD created a district-wide voting project serving 70 campuses. The theme of “The Power of One” aimed to increase students’ understanding of how one vote matters. The project succeeded in surpassing national voter turnout rates with their student vote.

“Teaching civic responsibility is an important part of our curriculum, and we are honored to receive the American Association of School Administrators’ award for our District’s participation in the 2012 National Student Mock Election,” said Pete Yackus, Elementary Social Studies Coordinator. “The teachers and students of Fort Bend ISD are pleased that their hard work in sharing the importance of voting is being nationally recognized. Due to this dynamic program, we believe our students are better equipped to continue their civic responsibility both within the educational process and beyond.”

National Student/Parent Mock Election President Gloria Kirshner said, “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.”

“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,”  she added.

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 about the My Voice National Student Mock Election, visit www.nationalmockelection.org.

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