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In an April 2008 review, Education World, Inc., a company devoted to helping make the Internet easier for teachers to incorporate into classroom learning, rated the Student Voices Web site "A+", the highest such ranking given by the organization. Read the review
The Student Voices Web site
provides news and resources on national and local government and elections and allows students to engage in online discussions on policy issues and elections, as well as youth-focused issues. Student Voices is a non-partisan civic education program designed to improve the dialogue of democracy among our nation's young people and encourage their civic engagement. Student Voices, created in 1999 by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, provides high school teachers with a unique and proven civics curriculum and interactive Web sites to use in the classroom. Working with teachers around the country, Student Voices helps young people learn about and discuss elections and local and national policy issues, and it connects them with government and community leaders.
Student Voices was also recently named a Keystone Program of The Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD), a coalition of state and national organizations committed to implementing civics education in classrooms and after-school programs in every Pennsylvania community
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Since 2001, Ron has been dedicated to the development and management of the content for the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Student Voices Project. As Annenberg Classroom Manager, he oversees all online development and has contributed to the growth of Student Voices from a Philadelphia-based local project to a nationally-recognized civics initiative for teachers and students across the United States.
Created in 1999 by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, Student Voices provides high school teachers with a unique and proven civics curriculum and interactive websites to use in the classroom. Evaluations demonstrate that the Student Voices model:
• Increases students’ knowledge of state and local politics
• Decreases students’ level of cynicism about the political process
• Increases usage of newspapers, television, radio and the Internet for obtaining political information
• Enhances students’ ability to develop an informed opinion about candidates and local issues
Ron has traveled across the country to introduce Student Voices and conduct trainings for teachers, district officials, and students. He frequently visits classrooms to demonstrate the project’s web resources for students.
Prior to joining the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Ron worked for the Intercultural Development Research Association on issues facing underserved populations, particularly limited-English proficient citizens, and the City of San Antonio as a producer for the show, Building San Antonio.
Ron received a Master of Arts from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on qualitative research of subculture identity, using ethnographic methodologies. He has guest lectured at conferences and universities on masculinity and identity in the sport of bodybuilding. Ron received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Trinity University of Texas.