You Have One Vote, Does It Count?

By Nikki Descoteaux, Civics Education Committee, Co-Vice-Chair Do you wonder if your one vote really matters? Voting is your right and responsibility. Moreover, history shows us even one vote can have a huge impact on election results. One of the most famous instances showing the importance of each vote relates to our centennial celebration of women’s suffrage. By the middle of 1920, only one more state was needed to ratify the 19th Amendment that would finally give women the right to vote. The only remaining opportunity that year to take a state vote on ratification was in Tennessee. On August 18, the legislative vote took place. The tension and drama  were palpable. With only one legislator’s vote outstanding, the tally was tied. Representative Harry T. Burn entered the Chamber wearing a red rose, symbol of anti-suffragists. Shockingly, when he was called on to vote “aye” or “nay” on suffrage, Burn

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Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It

Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations and neighbors to respond by going to www.2020census.gov for information in your own language. It takes just a few minutes to respond by phone (1-844-330-2020) or on line. And every response will bring over $30,000 to Florida during the next decade. The majority of that money will be for health programs.

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Happy at Harvard

Happy at Harvard

By introduction, my name is Rose Carbone and I teach seniors who are enrolled in AP Government and Politics and American Government courses at Seminole Ridge Community High School in Westlake, Florida. I would like to thank the LWV of Palm Beach County and Harvard Business School for providing the opportunity to attend the Case Method Project Community Workshop at Harvard Business School on August 18-20, 2019. The workshop was comprised of teachers from 60 schools across the country.  Under the tutelage of Professor David Moss, we were instructed on the Case Study Method which is an innovating and engaging approach to teaching History, Civics and Government in high schools.  The ultimate goals of the case study method are to help students retain the course content, and increase civic engagement. In terms of professional development, this memorable workshop was the highlight of my teaching career. I have started the implementation

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Harvard Civics Project

Harvard Civics Project

Dear Fellow League Members, I just wanted to congratulate all of you who successfully nominated teachers for the August Harvard Civics workshop! Professor Moss and the Harvard Case Method Project team have been very complimentary about the caliber of teachers selected. I thought you would like to know that we have nearly 80 teachers attending from 21 different states nominated by 50 League chapters from every region of the country. We know that the teachers are going to enjoy the professional development experience immensely, and Harvard is looking forward to welcoming them all next month! I have attached a press release about the project that I thought you might like to see. The National League will announce it in their bi-weekly League Update newsletter as well, so stay tuned for that. KINDLY SEND ALONG YOUR PRESS LINKS: SAMPLE AND ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND TO HELP We have had some terrific press links sent to us by Leagues who have teachers traveling

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Harvard Civics Program

Harvard Civics Program

Congratulations to the two PBC teachers who were accepted for the extraordinary opportunity to attend a Harvard Civics Program this summer. How much and what kind of power should the federal government have over the states?  This foundational question will be the focus of the August 2019 event being hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greenwich, Connecticut, Greenwich High School Social Studies Department and the Harvard Club of Fairfield County. The goal of the program, which has balanced participation of adults and high school students, is to encourage more cross-party dialogue and enthusiasm around political engagement and encourage voters to recommit themselves to the process of informed and reasoned debate. Previous participants returned from the experience very enthusiastic about incorporating the cases into their classes. Student evaluations have suggested that those participating in these cases are more likely to vote and more likely to think about running for office in the

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Crossword Puzzle Review

Christene, Students are actively working in their Crossword Puzzle books this week. Our countdown is on for the Civics EOC Exam! We test on Monday- May 13th. I can’t begin to tell you how much we are loving the books. It is the ultimate review! THANK YOU!!!!!! Sari Simpson Palm Springs Middle School 7th Grade Civics Social Studies Department Instructional Leader

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Civics Education Meeting Minutes April 2019

Civics Education Meeting Minutes April 2019

LWV of PBC Civics Education Committee MINUTES April 16th, 2019 Attendees: Phyllis Goldenberg, Claire Press, Nikki Descoteaux (via conference call), Karen Wilkerson, Keeter Martinson, Steve Perell, Liela Brode, Lori Dool, Rebecca Freeman, Sandy Hendrick, Karen Leader, Christene Campbell-Gabor. Guests from Lynne University Project Civitas – Robert Watson, Jerry Hildebrand, Reagan Fox Note: Items requiring follow up before our next meeting are in bold. UPDATES The April 2nd Civics Trivia with the Young Leaguers was great fun and very educational. Civics Education will be hosting a Civics Trivia game for the November 6th Cool Topic at the Stem Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We will discuss format, whether we should challenge the Bar Association and getting the Young Leaguers involved etc. Lori suggested that we follow up directly with Forest Hill and Palm Beach Central schools to discuss having adult education Civics Education presentations in the autumn. Event calendar contacts

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MINI Crossword Puzzle Booklets Series 3

MINI Crossword Puzzle Booklets Series 3

The Civics Education Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed content or donated money to help us complete Series 3 of the MINI Crossword Booklets. This booklet includes questions from the Grade 7 Textbook – Gateway to American Government: The Bridge to Success on Florida’s EOC Test. It will be an interesting, innovative and fun new study tool for all Florida Schools and a wonderful way for all of us to learn more about our country.

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