Mock Election

On Behalf of Amber Epling at the WV Secretary of State’s Office:


Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office will be celebrating the birth of the U.S. government by kicking off a six-week, statewide educational tour today on Constitution Day.

Constitution Day commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, which took place on September 17, 1787.

The purpose of the statewide tour is to educate as many K-12 students as possible about the democratic process and inform them of the upcoming mock election on October 30, 2014, that they are all encouraged to participate.

The National Student/Parent Mock Election president says the event has helped introduce more than 50 million children, teens and adults to democracy since 1980.             The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education to encourage K-12 involvement in the event.

“As the Chief Elections Officer for the state, I believe voting is one of our most important responsibilities as an American,” Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said.  “As a mother, I believe it is also important to raise good citizens who have an interest in their government.  The lessons in school that always stayed with me the longest were the hands-on, real-life activities that gave me practical experience I could later apply in real life.  The mock election does just that.”

The National Student/Parent Mock Election encourages parent involvement because research has proved that parents working with their children make a significant difference in school achievement.

The Secretary of State’s Office will be traveling to various high schools throughout West Virginia from now until Mock Election Day on October 30th.

For more information about the National Student/Parent Mock Election or Constitution Day, visit the Secretary of State’s website at


Financial Avenue


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As a nonprofit, we care about the financial future of students. That’s why we are making Financial Avenue, our online financial education program, FREE to all high schools in your state.

Implement Financial Avenue into your curriculum for the 2014/2015 academic year and your students, educators and school could all be eligible for winning a cash prize!

Geography Awareness Week 11/16-22

This year Geography Awareness Week will be held on Nov. 1622 Attached please find the WV Geographic Alliance flyer on the poster contest they sponsor in regard to Geography Awareness Week.  This year’s theme is The Future of Food and the following are some links to information found on the National Geographic website regarding the past and future of food.


National Geographic Article on Evolution of Diet with several short videos about the diets of diverse groups of people around the world.

Graphic showing the Similarity of a country’s diet to that of the rest of the world


National Geographic Page with several Articles on Food and the 2050 initiative to feed the world


National Geographic – Geography Awareness Week Observance Ideas on How to Host a Geography Event



In addition to the Poster contest flyer, I am also attaching the WV Geographic Alliance Membership form that will need to be attached to any entries submitted to the WV Geographic Alliance and the Geography Awareness Week Poster Entry Form that will need to come to me.

April Fields

George Washington High School

Social Studies Department

AP World History

World Studies


Using Primary & Secondary Sources

Using Primary and Secondary Sources Effectively


You asked for it, we got it for you! Featur­ing an introduction from David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States of America, education specialists and archivists from the National Archives and the White House Historical Association, this webinar will address the differences in primary and secondary sources, how to use primary sources, how to find primary sources, and what judges are looking for in annotated bibliographies and process papers.


Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Time: 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Open to:  all NHD teachers, students, parents, and coordinators

To register, click HERE



Using National Endowment for the HumanitiesResources for Leadership and Legacy in History

Featuring The Roosevelts: An Intimate History


Connect with NEH’s EDSITEment staff and education experts to discover resourcesthat expand and deepen your students’ understanding of leadership and legacy. Eleanor, Theodore, and Franklin Roosevelt were three of the most influential leaders of twentieth century America. Together their legacy redefined the relationship Americans have with their government and with the world. Greg Timmons will show how film clips, lessons plans, and primary source from the series The Roosevelts (which recently aired on PBS) and from EDSITEment can be used in your classroom and for your students’ NHD projects. In addition, an NHD teacher will show how Chronicling America can be used to help students find great primary sources for NHD projects.

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time: 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Open to:  all NHD teachers

To register, click HERE

New NHD Teacher?

I’m a new NHD Teacher….HELP!


Are you a new (or newer) NHD teacher? Maybe you picked up someone’s program or you are starting a new program or at a new school. Help is here!  Join Lynne O’Hara, NHD’s Director of Programs, and veteran NHD teachers from Iowa, New Mexico, and Mississippi to get help, advice, or just get started for the 2014-2015 school year.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time: 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Open to:  all NHD teachers

To register, click HERE

Teaching with Photos



Education Specialists from the Library of Congress are offering a free webinar to model primary source analysis strategies for educators and to discuss the impact this can have on instruction.
By analyzing a visual image, students can discover more than just the image’s content-they can also begin to explore its context. Analyzing images lets students discover new topics for exploration, and also build visual literacy skills that they can apply not only to primary sources, but to anything they see.
Education experts from the Library will discuss the power of images, model how to analyze photographs and prints, and demonstrate how to find images from the Library of Congress.


Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time: 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Open to: all NHD teachers, students, parents, and coordinators

To register, click HERE