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November 2nd, 2012
Press Release: Vote Today for Tomorrow’s Leaders in Finalist Round of “If We Were President” Contest
Five Creative Classroom Projects Vie for 2013 “Inauguration” in WeAreTeachers and Pearson Program Designed to Immerse Students in Civics Education, Build Collaboration and Problem-Solving Skills
NEW YORK – Nov. 1, 2012 – As the 2012 Presidential Election campaign draws to a close, a new crop of candidates has emerged from five elementary schools around the country – finalists in the “If We Were President” contest, sponsored by Pearson and WeAreTeachers. Now the public has until November 9 to view these stellar projects at http://www.weareteachers.com/grants-contests/grants/pearson-election-contest/vote/ and cast their votes for the class that they think has the creativity and vision to lead the nation. The winner will be announced on Nov. 16 at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Seattle.
The finalists are:
Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Fla.: Teacher Sandra Davalos’ First-Grade Class
Smithfield Elementary School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C.: Teacher Heather England’s Third-Grade Class
Roberts Elementary School, Upper Merion Area School District, King of Prussia, Penn.: Teacher Eden Grassi’s Third-Grade Class
Canton Intermediate School, Canton Public Schools, Conn.: Teacher Rachel Caron’s Fourth-Grade Class
Yoakum Intermediate School, Yoakum Independent School District, Texas: Teacher Alexandra Schoenemann’s Fifth-Grade Class
Pearson Senior Vice President Lynda Cloud said, “When we reviewed these entries, we were amazed by the way these young leaders identified the important issues that face our nation today and the creative solutions they have for tackling them. Best of all, they presented their campaign promises in energetic and thoughtful presentations that made us sit back in the midst of all of the current election noise and think about what really matters to today’s kids and their families. I urge everyone to view the projects and log on to vote.”
These elementary students and their talented teachers completed their creative projects using free election resources, activity packs and interactive programs from Pearson’s K-12 Teach the Election 2012 site and the Online Learning Exchange™ Election Series site.
The winning class will receive a grand-prize package that includes a Classroom Inauguration Day Party and possibly even visits from “past presidents.” Plus, the winning teacher will receive a $500 gift certificate from Pearson as well as an iPad 2.
WeAreTeachers provides a powerful online community for teachers, combining the expertise of our member community, the resources and knowledge base of our education company partners and the momentum of social media to recognize and reward innovative teaching ideas. Visit www.WeAreTeachers.com to be part of our community.
About Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange Election Series
Pearson’s free Election Series blog addresses key campaign topics and more, providing complete, up-to-date learning resources and offering a forum for teachers and students across the nation to exchange information and share their views anytime, anywhere. Online Learning Exchange provides a free Election 2012 Activity Pack for middle and high school teachers tied directly to the election. The activity pack includes lessons that explore the topics of political roots and attitudes, evaluating leadership, and voting through animated movies, student-centered activities and in-depth classroom simulations. At Classroom Voices, students can cast their vote in the Student Election Polls from My Voice National Mock Election or defend their positions in the Debate the Issues discussion forum. Classroom Voices is also recruiting student Citizen Journalist bloggers and video correspondents, ages 13-18, to keep us up to date on election issues that matter the most to them.