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Northview Teacher Awarded by Iowa Secretary of State

ANKENY, Iowa (June 8, 2017) – Northview Middle School teacher, Kathryn Cooper, was recently recognized by Iowa Secretary of State, Paul Pate, for facilitating Northview’s participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election. The results were reported on Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s website.


Cooper registered the student’s votes to be included in the statewide straw poll, giving them a unique civic education experience.


Due to the leadership from Iowa teachers like Cooper, the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year by winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election. In addition, the social media aspect of the Straw Poll, #IAparticipate, was a top five national finalist for the Government Social Media Awards.


“My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Polls a huge success,” said Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State. “More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them to become engaged in civics in their community.”


Secretary Pate developed free, online social studies curricula written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students. They are available for anyone to use at