by Jan Goehring
Teachers from California, Michigan and North Carolina have been honored for their work in preparing young people to become informed and educated citizens. They are recipients of the 2011 American Civic Education Teacher Award. The three winners are Jim Bentley of Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, Calif.; Cindy Jarrett of Durant Road Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C.; and Mark Oglesby of Howell High School in Howell, Mich. Theses teachers exemplify outstanding dedication to teaching civics in an engaging way and helping students understand that government is relevant to their lives.
“In order to succeed, our representative democracy requires wisdom and action from American citizens. These three teachers terrific creativity and energy to the vital task of helping young gain the knowledge and they need to work within the political system to make our nation better,” says Lee Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress and a former Indiana .
Since the inception of the award in 2006, 18 teachers from all across the country have been honored for their inspired efforts to bring democracy to life for their students. See the award press release for more detailed information.