Those Who Do, Teach

OAV all the rage at Dubois, Fox reports Educator Shalanda Gaines and 5th grader Isabella Sexton of Dubois Elementary School in Springfield, IL describe the peer tutoring program Dubois students developed as their 2017 Our American Voice project, and talk about the upcoming OAV Summit, on Fox’s Good Day Marketplace show.

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Students Brainstorm Capitol

OAV Summit IX is upon us, in Springfield… Students and teachers from all around the state of Illinois will be descending on Springfield Tuesday, May 2, for the ninth Our American Voice Summit. Participating schools and students will be touring the capitol, sitting in on a legislative session, meeting with their state senators and representatives, and…

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Salad Days In Arcola?

Students make case for salad bar to Arcola school board There’s no arugula in the Arcola junior high cafeteria, but as reported in the Champaign News Gazette, there may be soon, if students participating in the Our American Voice program have their way. Through OAV, seventh and eighth graders learned how to really do their…

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OAV Kids at Komensky succeed in their 3 year project

Congratulations to the Komensky Elementary OAV students in District 100, South Berwyn! Today, March 3rd,  Principal Mariana Nicasio announced that Foresters Financials have agreed to fund their Playground for All project which they have been working on for almost 3 years.  The project began when a group of OAV students realized that their school’s playground…

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Announcing the Citizen U Newsletter

A NEWSLETTER FOR CONCERNED CITIZENS “Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” — Dwight Eisenhower The angst and anger emanating from those controlling the current political debate is creating a civic polarization…

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New School Year, New Curriculum

Curriculum updates, which began in 2014, are now complete.  A number of exciting new changes are being implemented this fall.   The curriculum has different levels to accommodate students with varying levels of experience with the program or knowledge of civics.  According to Julie Schaul, a designer and developer for the program, “OAV was redesigned…

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Primary Sources for All

Lisa Dettling, head librarian at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, is bringing the Primary Source Nexus to her school.  “I’ve been taking all kinds of resources and putting them in one spot for teachers,” said Dettling.  Links to primary sources are imbedded in the school library’s website, taking students and teachers directly to the source…

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Happy 7th Birthday, OAV!

American Voice turned seven this fall.  Throughout the program’s lifetime, OAV’s students have collaborated with their communities to bring sustained change through projects designed to enhance safety, encourage healthy eating habits, discourage bullying and reduce waste. This year is bound to be a busy one, with programs running in Tucson, Berwyn, and Chicago Public Schools.…

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