Schools across Del Valle ISD conducted mock elections to give students opportunities to express their “votes” in the presidential election.
Elementary campuses voted on everykidvotes.org, a virtual platform used in schools across the country. Studies Weekly, a curriculum resource used in DVISD schools, hosts the online voting platform.
Before voting in middle schools, students read articles about the Electoral College, watched a TED Talk about voting, and completed a political quiz to see how their views aligned with each candidate. Ojeda Middle School 8th grade teacher Rachel Hatch created the election lesson that fulfills several of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) part of the STAAR test.
“Our students showed enthusiasm about the election process and were excited to learn more about the issues in the current election. They enjoyed knowing it (voting) would be something the other students in school did today, too,” said Del Valle Middle School 8th grade teacher Emily Ellwood.
“It went great…the kids loved the change to voice their opinions about the next four years,” Dailey Middle School 8th grade teacher Mark Isaacson said.
The DVISD vision is to produce relevant and enriched K-12 learning environments to build productive, respectful, and involved citizens by engaging students in lessons that inspire and model skills necessary to produce civil discourse and responsible, informed citizens.
“It’s so rewarding to see students engage in the political process and be able to articulate their views in a civil manner,” said DVISD Social Studies Coordinator Leticia Hallmark.