Special Programs for Students and Teachers

MyVote California Student Mock Election – Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Register Your School by September 19 to receive free materials!

The fall election season is in full-swing, and it’s time to hit the campaign trail with your students for the MyVote California Student Mock Election!

Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson invite you to join them in making democracy come alive for young people while the November statewide election season is in full-swing.

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/studentmockelection.htm.

There, you will also find a “Getting Started” Student Mock Election fact sheet, and all the resources a school needs to run a successful mock election.

On Tuesday, October 28, California’s high school and middle school students will tell the world who they want to be Governor and make their voices heard on issues of importance to them and their families.  Once the votes are counted, they can compare their choices to those of their peers around the state when the results are posted on the Secretary of State’s website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  MyVote@sos.ca.gov or (916) 651-3070 

Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

In partnership with The “1939” Club, one of the largest and most active Holocaust survivor organizations in the United States, and with the support of the Samueli Foundation and others, the Rodgers Center annually sponsors an art and writing contest for middle and high school students. 

Focusing on themes central both to the Holocaust and to ethical decision making in our world today, the contest gives students from public, private and parochial schools the opportunity to share their creative  works in response to survivors’ oral testimonies.
Representatives and educators from each school attend the awards ceremony where they meet Holocaust survivors. For information regarding this year's contest, please contact cioffi@chapman.edu or 714.628-7377 or visit Chapman University’s Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Information Web Page.


National Endowment for the Humanities Grants:

Teaching about the Holocaust: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education

Every year the United States Memorial Museum, in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC), will present "Teaching about the Holocaust: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education', a three-day teacher professional development forum. The program will take place at USC and is offered free to teachers. More information can be found by visiting United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

Patriot Day Observance

September 11th marks the annual commemoration of the attacks on the US in 2001.  A response to this event has been a resurgence of patriotism and a growing commitment to service.

Observance of Patriot Day_Resources.pdf  

Museums on Main Street

The Smithsonian Museums on Main Street Traveling Exhibit, Journey Stories will be at the Heritage Museum of Orange County located in Santa Ana from October 5, 2014 to November 16, 2014.  Journey Stories is about how we and our ancestors came to America.  To prepare for the exhibit, Museums on Main Street provides lesson plans, reading lists, scavenger hunts, teacher guides and much more.   Learn more… (link to: http://www.museumonmainstreet.org/journeyStories/index.html)

Constitution Day

Constitution Day takes place on September 17th every year.  All agencies receiving federal funds commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on or about September 17th.  The Orange County Department of Education and partner organizations offer a number of resources and events for teachers and students.

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation - OC Annual Constitution Day Event for High School Students, learn more!
  • Constitution Day Seminar coming soon, check back for more details!

Free online resources from the Federal Government:

The People v. Goldie Locks Lesson Plans: Download

Teenage Legal Survival Skills

Volunteer attorneys from the Orange County Bar Association are available to visit classrooms to make a presentation on legal survival skills for young adults. Learn more...

UCI History Project

The UCI History Project connects university scholars and resources with middle and high school teachers in the areas of World and U.S. History.  You’ll want to be sure to get on their email list for information regarding workshops, seminars, and institutes!  Learn more...