Leader in Learning: Julie York

Subjects: Civics, Social Studies, Technology
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

"Amazing results and awareness resulted from the project. Students learned and the community got involved. Through multiple multimedia projects, students developed their awareness of the importance of voting and civic responsibility."

Julie York has helped students connect voting to their own lives, to the school, their families, and the community. Using cable programming, especially CNN, she developed a student voting project, complete with student-created 30-second radio ads, public service announcements, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, posters, websites, video interviews, written interviews, and a school-wide mock election.

Aligned with Maine Learning Results, the project helped students gain a better understanding of civic responsibility and share that understanding with their families, who were invited into classroom activities. Working with online, broadcast and print resources, students gained a better understanding of the election process.

Parents commented that they felt the project helped them open communication with their children about voting and democracy. York has a long waiting list to get into her classes.

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