Teaching American Elections
Part of the Agents of Change Leadership Series
Virtual Professional Development Conference for Teachers
October 20-23, 2020
Live events: October 20 & 23 • 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Presidential elections mark the path for the future of the United States. It is as true today as it was during the Election of 1800, a controversial presidential election between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and only the fourth presidential election under the U.S. Constitution.
“Teaching American Elections” brings together high school teachers virtually from across the country to focus on resources for teaching students the importance of voting, both now and in the future – for presidents, other elected offices, and issues in front of the backdrop of the Election of 1800. Lesson plans will inspire students to use their vote to be the change they want to see in their communities and in the country.
This virtual professional development conference for teachers October 20-23 will:
- Focus on themes such as primary source analysis, communication, understanding sides and issues, and being responsible citizens.
- Engage teachers virtually through combined live and pre recorded sessions.
- Model lesson ideas and provide e-mailed lesson plans.
Registration is required in advance. Live sessions will take place on Tuesday, October 20 and Friday, October 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. EST. Pre-recorded sessions will be made available for viewing following each live webcast.
Schedule of Events:
- October 20 (4 p.m.): Live programming focuses on analyzing primary sources and Washington’s farewell address.
- October 21: Pre-recorded video will be available for access on the website. Topic of respectful conversation and debate will be explored through viewing a dramatization of an imagined Jefferson-Adams debate.
- October 22: Pre-recorded video will be available for access focusing on how to analyze issues.
- October 23 (4 p.m.): Live programming with conversation about informed voting and responsible citizenship.
Information, including virtual connection instructions and access to videos, will be provided the week prior to the conference. Participants are eligible to receive 4 hours of professional development points.
The “Agents of Change” leadership conference is presented free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Camp Foundations, Carter Cabell Chinnis Charitable Trust, and Carter C. Chinnis and Beverly B. Chinnis Irrevocable Living Annuity Trust Agreement.
Agents of Change Youth Leadership Conference – October 2018
The first “Agents of Change” youth leadership conference in October 2018 brought together high school students from rural, suburban and urban communities from across Virginia to focus on service learning and civic responsibility. Students returned home with the framework to implement service projects in their communities.
Civic leader and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein was the keynote speaker, sharing with the students his own perspective on civic engagement and the importance of American history.
Gifts and grants made during the American Revolution at Yorktown Campaign for Support provided full scholarships for participants. Learn how you can support the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and its educational mission at historyisfun.org/donate.