Wednesday , 21 February 2018
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First Vote NC Offers Civics Students an Opportunity to Engage in Voting Simulation

Attention High School Civics Teachers:   The 2016 elections provide an amazing opportunity to teach your students one of the most valuable lessons the will learn in their high school careers: how to be a thoughtful and active member of their democracy.  First Vote NC (formally Kids Voting NC) is partnering with NCDPI, EdNC, and the NC Civics Education Consortium to provide you with a project-based, student-led, and standards-aligned initiative that will energize your students to become civically engaged. First Vote will provide an online voter platform, a teacher toolkit with comprehensive implementation options, an exit poll, and data analytic tools to help in post-election analysis.  Election results and exit poll results will be available immediately following the election.  All of this is being offered free-of-charge. We hope you will bring this nonpartisan resource to your high school campus this fall. Please go to the website today and sign up for the toolkit: (


About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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