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SOE Students & Faculty Engage CPS Students in Learning about Civics

SOE Students & Faculty Engage CPS Students in Learning about Civics

As a member of the Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Consortium, Loyola University Chicago School of Education sponsored a day-long election simulation on campus October 14 and 28, 2016.  250 Chicago Public Schools high school students from civic education courses at ten different schools participated as an extension of their unit on elections and voting. During the day, students assumed roles as political party leaders, media members, election officials, advocacy organizers, and state caucus members. While political parties elected a presidential candidate and devised and ran a campaign strategy, media members conducted interviews and provided briefings, election officials established polling stations and monitored petitions and registrations, advocacy organizers established positions on the issues and met with state caucus and party members, and states discussed the campaign issues and heard from the candidates. The day culminated in a candidate’s debate with live tweeting and electronic election with electoral college results. Loyola students and faculty supported throughout the day as advisors and facilitators. The CPS students demonstrated a remarkable passion, intensity and thoughtfulness around the issues and the process.