Welcome to GrowingVoters.orgWe provide engaging hands-on classroom activities on electioneering, campaigning, and voting to support teachers as they help students develop into informed and motivated participants in the U.S. electoral system.
About us: GrowingVoters.orgGrowing Voters is a learning initiative project created by Lesley University Professor Jo-Anne Hart. We provide free classroom activities on voting and elections that help students better understand and actively participate in the U.S. political system.
Apathy among young voters is a serious problem because research shows it persists — if young adults don’t see voting as important early on, many will be lost as voters for the rest of their lives.
The first version of Growing Voters was produced in 2004. Since then our free election lesson plans and voting-related classroom activities have been used by teachers in every state and encouraged by major professional associations, like the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Council of Social Studies. Project materials are non-partisan and not supported by any grants.
Using the presidential election in classrooms is a good illustration of how teaching materials themselves can be shaped to "bring the student in" and have him or her find things of individual interest, and to construct their own meanings. This is particularly key in civics because it’s how we build democratic norms of participation.
These are the reasons that led to the creation of the Growing Voters learning project. Its purpose is to put ideas, activities, and tools directly into the hands of teachers to help grow in students the habit of participation and ultimately incubate voters. My intended double-meaning is Growing Students / Growing into Voters. The inspiration for me was to help teachers be able make use of the presidential election in classrooms without the burden to produce and vet new materials.
I made these classroom lessons free and easily accessible for busy teachers like yourself. All I ask in return is for you to complete the quick online survey to help us improve.
Contributors to Growing Voters
Contributors to Growing Voters include Masters students from across the United States who participated in the Lesley University Educational Technology program: Jenny Hanson, Montana; Deb Boatwright, New Hampshire; Kathryn Desmond' Florida; Traci Lienhard, Washington; Mark Reynolds, Indiana; Troy Spradley, Missouri; Marla Day, Wisconsin; Mary Ann Seavey, Massachusetts; Andy Siepert, Wisconsin; Jessica Bogie, Illinois; Kessandra Jackson, Ohio; Barbara Green, Georgia; Beth Niece, Massachusetts; Terry Lindgren, Massachusetts; Rachele Hall, Wyoming; Christopher Fuchs, Montana; Kari Wilcher, Georgia; Evelyn Wright, Georgia; Toni Somma-Cavaluzzi, New Jersey; Katie Kanter, Massachusetts; Kristen Stewart, New Hampshire; Jay Daly, Wisconsin; Jason Burland, Massachusetts; Zack Deal, Virginia; Renae Fortin, Massachusetts; William Pullen, Oregon; Keysha McIntyre, Georgia; Tracy Zimmerman, Oregon; Linda Smith, Maryland; Lisa Haunga, Hawaii; Bruce Ledgerwood, Massachusetts
Website: Richard Cranston, Massachusetts; Eric Noble, Florida; The 2012 and 2016 website was designed by Dan Doherty at Archerfish Media.