Implementing SIMVote2009 <ul><li>Best Practices on SIMElection Programs </li></ul>
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 1:  Check with your school district </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need board approval to...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 2: Key Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Which schools/teachers might want to participate...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 3: Presentations and Trainings </li></ul><ul><li>Who could benefit from a presentat...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 4: Project Coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>Who will serve as coordinator? </li></ul>...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 5: Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Is transportation available? </li></ul><ul><li>...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 6: Materials </li></ul><ul><li>When is next election? </li></ul><ul><li>What is on ...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 7: Student-Instructors </li></ul><ul><li>How many do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>Te...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 8: Welcome Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Have snacks! </li></ul><ul><li>Before/afte...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 9: Student Training Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Copies of curriculum </li></ul><ul><...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 10: Parent Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Sample letter to notify parents </li></ul>...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 11: Distribution in Democracy in Action Info </li></ul><ul><li>Who is fielding ques...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 12: SIMElection </li></ul><ul><li>Who will monitor the polls? </li></ul><ul><li>Wha...
Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 13: Reception </li></ul><ul><li>When and where? </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen ...
THE END! <ul><li>KATIE TAYLOR </li></ul><ul><li>Program Director, Mobilize.org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul...
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The goal of SIMVote2009 is to work with students and faculty members of individual high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools to develop and implement this program on campus, educating and empowering students to become more civically engaged. We will provide each participating schools “Campus Leaders” with training on how to successfully implement this program, as well as provide support to participating schools every step of the way. Through workshops on elections and democracy, interactive activities, which utilize the Arsalyn Program’s Democracy in Action curriculum, and introductory seminars, the students will engage with the issues that drive elections, the processes of holding elections and the issues that affect elections in our democracy.

My favorite part of this project is that it is intended to be flexible - each school can decide whether to incorporate SIMVote into many days of curriculum, just one day centered on a SIMElection, as a student club on campus, or in any form that fits each schools’ needs best. Here is a list of elements that have been previously incorporated into SIMVote:
SIMElection: we will provide personalized ballots designed to fit the needs of each school,
SIMRegistration Drives,
Student-led workshops taught to peers, to younger students, and to community groups,
Teacher-led workshops incorporated into classroom curriculum,
Guest speakers including local candidates and their staff to speak to issues driving elections,
A voting “field day” in which students campus-wide participate in various activities to promote civic engagement, and
Service projects: both student-led and teacher-led.

For more info: katie@mobilize.org

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    IMPLEMENTING SIMVOTE2009 Webinar Script

    Slide 1: Welcome
    Welcome to Implementing SIMVote2009 Training Webinar. I’m Katie Taylor, Program Director for Mobilize.org, and I am pumped that you have come to the second SIMVote Webinar. The goal of this webinar is to answer some of your questions about SIMVote, provide you with tips and suggestions based on the experience of past SIMVote participants, and to provide you with additional tools to make SIMVote a success on your campus.

    Slide 2: Implementation – Step 1: Check with your school board
    The first step is to ask yourself “who needs to approve SIMVote?” Does it need to come from your department chair, your principal, the school board? Make sure to get the appropriate people on board before you jump into SIMVote planning.

    Slide 3: Implementation – Step 2: Key Decisions
    This is the time to think about what SIMVote will look like on your campus. Will you ask teachers to participate? Will you have student instructors give lessons to younger students or to their peers? What will your SIMElection cover and who will be invited to participate? If you need help brainstorming about how you would like to implement SIMVote or to learn more about what other SIMVote participating schools have done in the past, please give me a call, and I’d be happy to brainstorm with you!

    Slide 4: Implementation – Step 3: Presentations and Trainings
    Do you need to present SIMVote to anyone? Possible teacher participants? Skeptical administrators? How many hard copies of the materials do you need? Do you foresee any challenges coming from staff about SIMVote? You know your school best, so please let me know what you need to conduct any trainings that you deem necessary to get people on board with SIMVote.

    Slide 5: Implementation – Step 4: Project Coordinators
    These are a list of important administrative questions. As you are now participating in this webinar, you may be the project coordinator. As project coordinator, you will be the point person in charge of SIMVote on your campus. If you will partner with a 5th grade class, you will be the coordinator between schools and the school personnel who need to be aware of any presentations, absences, etc. I am here to help you at each step, so let’s touch base early to make sure all this is settled and you feel confident in your role.

    Slide 6: Implementation – Step 5: Transportation
    If you will be doing interschool partnerships, you’ll need transportation. Do you have buses available? What are your other options? Do you know what time classes start at the elementary school? Does the attendance office know your student instructors need to be excused? If you are keeping SIMVote on one campus, transportation may not even come up!

    Slide 7: Implementation – Step 6: Materials
    Arsalyn Program and Mobilize.org will provide all your materials, but we need to know at least a month in advance what you want your ballots to look like: will you hold a student election along with your SIMElection? What type of materials do you need for your students (voting guides, ballots, etc) and how many voting booths and machines do you need? Give us plenty of notice, and we’ll be happy to provide you with what you need to make SIMVote a success on your campus.

    Slide 8: Implementation – Step 7: Student Instructors
    Think about whether or not you want your students to instruct. Will they teach each other? Present to another class? Give lessons to younger students? How will you choose them? Do discuss the benefits and challenges of using student instructors, give me a call and I’d be happy to talk to you about it.

    Slide 9: Implementation – Step 8: Welcome Orientation
    If you do choose to have student instructors, be sure to have a welcome orientation for them! Invite administrators and staff from Mobilize.org and Arsalyn to attend. We would love to meet your students and tell them what an incredible and important role they have in your campus’ SIMVote!

    Slide 10: Implementation – Step 9: Student Training Sessions
    Here are some suggestions for conducting student instructor training sessions. For more information or suggestions, please email or call me!

    Slide 11: Implementation – Step 10: Parental Involvement
    How will parents be allowed to participate in SIMVote? Can they volunteer to help count ballots? Will you send election materials home for students to share with their parents? We recommend you give parents an “opt-out” options, but we’ve never had a parent ask that their child not participate in SIMVote. For a sample letter, send me an email!

    Slide 12: Implementation – Step 11: Distribution of DIA Curriculum and Mobilize.org participant packet
    As project coordinator, you are the information keeper. If you would like help making sure you are communicating with all necessary parties, please let me know!

    Slide 13: Implementation – Step 12: SIMElection
    How will the SIMElection be conducted? Where will the polls be? Who will be your SIMPoll Workers? Who is taking pictures (I recommend journalism classes or yearbook classes)? Who will be eligible to vote and when will voting be permitted to take place? If you would like help brainstorming different scenarios, I would be happy to work with you!

    Slide 14: Implementation – Step 13: Reception/Party
    This is my favorite part. Your SIMVote is over, your students did remarkable and creative presentations, and you had record-high turnout for student elections. Now, it is time to recognize all the folks that made it possible. I would love to help you invite local representatives, your school board, administrators, and to provide awards and certificates for all the Campus Leaders of SIMVote. Please let me know the date of your celebration because I would also love to come!

    Slide 15: Goodbye
    Thank you so much for your time and participation in this webinar. There is a lot to think about, but we’ve been thinking for you. For help at each step of the way, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime. I am thrilled to work with each participating campus. Thanks again and keep Mobilizin’
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Implementing SIMVote2009

  1. 1. Implementing SIMVote2009 <ul><li>Best Practices on SIMElection Programs </li></ul>
  2. 2. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 1: Check with your school district </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need board approval to implement SIMVote? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formally as an action item? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informally through someone like an Assistant Superintendent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Whose support do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>What logistical issues need to be addressed? </li></ul><ul><li>Who needs a copy of the curriculum? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 2: Key Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Which schools/teachers might want to participate? </li></ul><ul><li>Student instructors or classroom teachers instruct? </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a SIMElection? </li></ul><ul><li>Which election will you cover? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 3: Presentations and Trainings </li></ul><ul><li>Who could benefit from a presentation? </li></ul><ul><li>How many copies of curriculum do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>What challenges do you predict coming from staff? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 4: Project Coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>Who will serve as coordinator? </li></ul><ul><li>What will the duties be? </li></ul><ul><li>What support will they need? </li></ul><ul><li>Select and train student instructors </li></ul><ul><li>List of students missing class to instruct </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Notify teachers and attendance office of any student instructor dates </li></ul><ul><li>Know when 5 th grade sessions will take place </li></ul><ul><li>What copying needs to happen? </li></ul><ul><li>Letters to parents? </li></ul><ul><li>Advance notice, and offer to help with any inconveniences caused to others by SIMVote. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 5: Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Is transportation available? </li></ul><ul><li>What account can fund transportation if necessary? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the contact? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the bell schedules and calendars for all schools? </li></ul><ul><li>Create a lesson schedule – make sure teachers and attendence know that student teachers are excused </li></ul><ul><li>Direct line to elementary school secretaries </li></ul><ul><li>Mode of communication? – email, phone, snail mail </li></ul>
  7. 7. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 6: Materials </li></ul><ul><li>When is next election? </li></ul><ul><li>What is on the ballot? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want on the student ballot? </li></ul><ul><li>How many ballots, voting machines, and booths do you need </li></ul><ul><li>List of students (registered voter list) </li></ul><ul><li>Voter guide </li></ul><ul><li>Timelines </li></ul>
  8. 8. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 7: Student-Instructors </li></ul><ul><li>How many do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>Teams of 2 or 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Where will you recruit? </li></ul><ul><li>Use an application </li></ul><ul><li>When will you hold tryouts </li></ul>
  9. 9. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 8: Welcome Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Have snacks! </li></ul><ul><li>Before/after school (not at lunch) </li></ul><ul><li>Invite administration, Arsalyn or Mobilize.org staff to the welcome </li></ul>
  10. 10. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 9: Student Training Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Copies of curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom management </li></ul><ul><li>Dress Code </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Practice time for teams </li></ul>
  11. 11. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 10: Parent Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Sample letter to notify parents </li></ul><ul><li>Allow parent volunteers during lesson/SIMElection </li></ul><ul><li>Send home materials </li></ul><ul><li>Use HS SIMPoll Workers when possible </li></ul>
  12. 12. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 11: Distribution in Democracy in Action Info </li></ul><ul><li>Who is fielding questions from parents/teachers/admins? </li></ul><ul><li>Who distributes the Student Instructors list? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is in charge of the media? Notify principals and business offices about photographers coming </li></ul><ul><li>Who will send letter to 5 th grade students </li></ul>
  13. 13. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 12: SIMElection </li></ul><ul><li>Who will monitor the polls? </li></ul><ul><li>What times will the polls be open? </li></ul><ul><li>Where and how will you post results [next day] </li></ul><ul><li>Who will take pictures? </li></ul><ul><li>Send all results/media to your district office </li></ul>
  14. 14. Implementation of SIMVote <ul><li>Step 13: Reception </li></ul><ul><li>When and where? </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen there? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be invited? </li></ul><ul><li>Awards? </li></ul><ul><li>Refreshments </li></ul><ul><li>Invite local representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Invite school representatives and the school board </li></ul>
  15. 15. THE END! <ul><li>KATIE TAYLOR </li></ul><ul><li>Program Director, Mobilize.org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>cell: (925) 788-0438 </li></ul><ul><li>CHRISTIAN LINDKE </li></ul><ul><li>Program Director, Arsalyn Program </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>626-914-5404 </li></ul>

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