|VERMONT SECRETARY OF STATE - Jim Condos|
Contact: Kathryn Mathieson (802) 828-2148
For Immediate Release: February 16, 2005
Town Meeting Curriculum Teaches Vermont Children
The Importance of Direct Democracy
Secretary of State Produces Curriculum for Vermontís Elementary and Middle School Students
Montpelier. Today, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz announced the availability of free curriculum materials that teach Vermontís elementary and middle school students the importance of Vermontís town meeting. The curriculum packets and teachers guide have been sent to schools across Vermont.
Markowitz said, ďThese curriculum materials are designed to help our children learn about the importance of Vermontís Town Meeting Day. We also hope that the materials in these booklets will help students think about how town meeting can continue to be a vital part of Vermontís community experience.Ē According to Markowitz, the curriculum materials include text as well as suggestions for classroom activities to help students learn the value of participatory democracy and experience the concepts addressed in the written materials. The materials are indexed to Vermontís Framework of Standards so that they can be easily integrated into the teacherís lesson plan.
The Town Meeting Coloring and Activity Book is designed as an early elementary curriculum. It includes basic information about Vermontís town meeting with easy-to-color pictures and other fun activities. Markowitz said, ďWe are also encouraging Vermontís town clerks to have copies of the the Town Meeting Coloring and Activity Book on hand to keep young children busy at town meeting!Ē
Town Mouse and Country Mouse Go To Town Meeting is a 25 page booklet designed to teach students in grades 3-5 about Vermontís Town Meeting Day, its history and how it works today. In addition to the text, fun puzzles are included to help teachers assess student learning. The teacherís guide includes sample discussion questions/answers and classroom activities to supplement the reading materials and help children experience the concepts addressed in the booklet.
Town Meeting Ė A Vermont Tradition is a middle school curriculum that is designed to help students learn about Vermontís Town Meeting Day, its history and how it works today. The booklet includes suggestions for classroom activities to help students learn the value of participatory democracy. The supplementary articles and classroom activities in the accompanying Teacherís Guide are designed to complement the studentsí reading and stimulate classroom discussion.
Town Meeting Day Curriculum booklets are available on line at www.sec.state.vt.us or by calling Kathryn Mathieson at 802-828-2148.
Contact: Kathryn Mathieson 802-828-2148
For Immediate Release: February 17, 2005
Secretary of State to Honor Vermonters
with Democracy Awards
Friday, February 18th at 3:30 P.M.
Montpelier. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz and featured speaker Chief Justice Paul Reiber will honor Vermont citizens who have demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting the tenets of democracy, particularly in the course of the last election. Markowitz will present three awards from the National Association of Secretaries of State and three Enduring Democracy Awards. Recipients include educators, legislators, students and members of the news media.
The awards presentation will be held
on Monday February 18th at 3:30 P.M. in the State
Honoring Democracy Award Winners
Secretary of State
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