SOURCE: Newsela



February 24, 2016 09:01 ET

Newsela's "Students Vote 2016" Receives Endorsement From the National Council for the Social Studies

Classroom-Based Program Gets Students Involved in Key Issues Ahead of the Presidential Election

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2016) - Newsela, the company that builds literacy with personalized daily news, designed "Students Vote 2016" to engage students in the 2016 presidential election. This exciting program has been endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

"Students Vote 2016" is a nine-month program that will help teachers and parents engage their students in the 2016 presidential election. Newsela provides daily news articles and information -- at five different reading levels -- about the election, candidates and the government. With this new civic awareness, students also have the opportunity to vote in state primaries alongside their fellow citizens across the country.

"'Students Vote 2016' joins literacy, civic engagement, critical thinking, as well as speaking and listening skills," says NCSS executive director Susan Griffin. "When younger students acquire these essential skills, they increase the likelihood of academic success and future civic participation. National Council for the Social Studies is pleased to endorse and support this program that aligns with our mission and prepares students for college, career, and civic life."

The NCSS Board of Directors endorsed "Students Vote 2016" following a close review of the program and its goals. "Students Vote 2016" provides a learning experience that will help students develop civic knowledge.

"'Students Vote 2016' empowers students to participate in democracy. This recognition and support from the National Council for the Social Studies furthers our mission to help young people become active, engaged citizens," said Matthew Gross, founder and CEO of Newsela. "The program gets the next generation of voters reading, understanding and discussing the election news with their families and peers, so that they can grow into informed voters who are excited about the democratic process."

While encouraging students to follow along with the national primaries, "Students Vote 2016" has conducted mock primaries with students in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. The mock primaries follow along with the official primaries in real time. Students in the Super Tuesday states will have the opportunity to cast their votes in March. Following the vote, teachers will have the opportunity to give their students stickers to show that they voted in the election. For the first time, teachers will also be able to see the results of their classrooms' vote and compare results from their schools and their district. The new tool will provide another angle for teachers and students to discuss the election as it relates to their community.

Newsela is a literacy company that unlocks the written word for all by delivering content from top news sources adapted to the just-right level. The company recently launched the Newsela iOS app in order to increase accessibility to news for students of all reading levels. Over 700,000 teachers in more than 70 percent of all U.S. public schools currently use Newsela. Its proponents include educators specializing in all subjects, from science and social studies to art. More than 100 million articles have been read by more than 6.1 million students through Newsela. For more information about Newsela or to download the app, visit

About Newsela
Newsela unlocks the written word by publishing daily news articles from the best media sources like the Associated Press, Washington Post, Tribune News Service and Scientific American at five reading levels to engage students in grades 2-12 in high-interest topics from immigration and diplomacy to drones and animal extinction. More than 700,000 teachers have assigned more than 100 million Newsela articles to their students. When students read articles and take Common Core-aligned quizzes online, they are developing the critical nonfiction literacy skills that empower them to take part in conversations about complex issues, and prepare them for academic and professional success. To read more, visit and follow @newsela.

About the National Council for Social Studies
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. Organized into a network of more than 110 affiliated state, local, and regional councils and associated groups, the NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.

Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.