Kids Voting USA worked with educators from Kansas to create a matrix that aligns the K – 12th grade social studies curriculum, called Civics Alive!, to the Common Core State Standards for Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics. You can view the matrix and live links to the KVUSA activities here https://kidsvotingusa.org/curriculum. Remember that you have to register to use the curriculum before you can enter this portion of the website. Don’t hesitate to call or email the national office if you have questions.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Felix Catheline is the June Educator of the Month. Mr. Catheline is the AP Government Teacher for Columbus South High School, which is part of Kids Voting Central Ohio. Felix is the point person at South High School for all Kids Voting programs, including the DoubleClick mock election, the Kids Voting Youth Summit, the Youth at the Booth program and the Youth Council. Additionally, Mr. Catheline’s class attended this year’s Naturalization ceremony and registered 91 new citizens to vote.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Ms. Rachel Nelson is the March Educator of the Month. Ms. Nelson is a social studies teacher at Grand Mesa High School at Collbran Job Corps and site coordinator for Kids Voting Mesa County. Rachel often makes the “one hour” trip to Grand Junction to allow her students to participate in a variety of activities hosted by Kids Voting Mesa County. Her students research the candidates/issues and then present the information to the entire Job Corps center sharing election knowledge with about 250 people.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Kay Slone is the January Educator of the Month. Ms. Slone is a social studies teach at Eastmoor Academy, which is part of Kids Voting Central Ohio. As an AP government teacher in an urban Columbus City School, Kay has committed herself to teaching students how to find their voice in the political process. In addition to participating in the Youth at the Booth and Youth Summit programs, Kay’s students attend city council meetings, candidate forums and neighborhood commission meetings. Kay’s vision of the engaged, educated student matches the model provided by Kids Voting Central Ohio and Kids Voting USA. She tirelessly seeks out opportunities for her students to become involved in and knowledgeable about the political process.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Doug Ewart is the December Educator of the Month. Mr. Ewart is the Guidance Counselor for Groveport Madison High School in Groveport, Ohio, which is part of Kids Voting Central Ohio. Mr. Ewart serves on the Kids Voting Central Ohio Advisory Board and acts as the Kids Voting cheerleader in the district serving as the liaison to all the school buildings. He has coordinated Kids Voting presentations to teachers to assure that teachers are using the materials in their classrooms. Doug takes an added initiative to recruit students to participate and often drives them to the various events. He was instrumental in bringing the Kids Voting and the Youth at the Booth program to Grovesport Madison High School.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Kenton Lee is the October Educator of the Month. Mr. Lee is the Assistant Principal for Blendon Middle School, which is part of Kids Voting Central Ohio. Even though he is an administrator in the district now, the legacy of voting that he started at Westerville Central five years ago continues evidenced by the fact that of the three high schools in the district, Central always has the largest number of voters. In 2009, Mr. Lee joined the KV CO Education Advisory Board and, in this role he has been able to share information about Kids Voting with teachers throughout the district.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Fran Bartlett is the September Educator of the Month. Ms. Barlett is a social studies teacher at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas. Not only is she a well respected and much appreciated teacher but also has conducted the county’s Election Night Headquarters for tallying ballots and submission of the final results. Fran gathers up, organizes and trains all the students to work: bringing in the ballot boxes, sorting the materials, tallying the votes for all the various races and issues, keeping updated results flowing on boards for viewing, and completing a final summary of the results. She keeps Kids Voting in the minds of her own students as well as those of other teachers in the building and assists with encouraging them to work polling places on Election Night.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Dennis Holt is the August Educator of the Month. Dr. Holt is the Secondary Social Studies Supervisor for the Hillsborough County school district. His leadership and support were instrumental in the success of the DoubleClick Democracy pilot program. The success of the DoubleClick Democracy in the 2008 Presidential Mock Election launched the locally built online voting system to national adoption. More than 115,000 students participated in the DoubleClick Democracy pilot program. Furthermore, Dr. Holt promotes and encourages Hillsborough County social studies teachers to participate in the Kids Voting Tampa Bay program.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Shelby Berthram is the June Educator of the Month. Ms. Berthram is a first grade teacher at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Shelby Berthram always teaches her students not only how important it is to vote but also how crucial it is be educated about our democracy and those running for office. Her enthusiasm and civics knowledge makes her a great role model for the students, staff and friends in Chamberlain.
KVUSA is pleased to announce that Rae Harriot White is the May Educator of the Month. Ms. White is the Coordinator for Curriculum and Human Resources at the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools in Gahanna, Ohio. She began her association with KV in 2000 as a representative of one of the original participating school districts when the Central Ohio program began. From that first year, White has been a strong advocate within her district for the program, holding workshops for district teachers to share curriculum materials, facilitating student participation in Kids Voting elections each year, recruiting and transporting students to the annual Youth Summit and serving on the KVCO Education Advisory Board. “To teachers in Gahanna, White is the face of Kids Voting Central Ohio,” said Jane McMeekin, Education Coordinator, Kids Voting Central Ohio.
Kids Voting USA truly appreciates the work and passion Rae Harriot White demonstrates for our program.