Getting Ready for Back to School with Connecticut’s Kid Governor

Announcing Kid Governor Myra’s
Virtual Adoption Meet & Greet!

Join 2020 CTKG Myra Stanfield for her Virtual Adoption Meet & Greet on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 10am! CTKG Myra and her friends from The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House, NBC Telemundo Connecticut, the Connecticut Humane Society, Connecticut Cat Connection, Dog Star Rescue, Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, and Pack Leaders Rescue of Connecticut will be holding a statewide adoption event from the safety of your home! Learn more HERE.

Watch now!

Registration is Open!

As you get ready to head back to school for the 2020-21 school year, make sure to register your 5th grade class for Connecticut’s Kid Governor! Bring election season to your students as they learn about state government, voting, and how to run for office. There is no cost to participate and registration takes less than 2 minutes. Sign up today!

Click HERE to Register for Connecticut’s Kid Governor 2020-21!

Download the 2020-21 Information Brochure HERE!

2020 Educator Workshop Goes Virtual!

After being postponed due to COVID-19 in May, the 2020 Educator Workshop is back and virtual for August 2020! Join the CTKG Team and CTKG Classroom educators for a five-part virtual Educator Workshop Series August 17-21, 2020! We will offer virtual workshops each evening from 4:00pm-5:15pm for new and returning CTKG educators and administrators. All workshops will be held via Zoom.

Click HERE to Reserve Your Spot!

To learn more about the five workshop sessions, click HERE.

Thank you to our incredible special guest educators for sharing their experiences during the workshops!
Kristin Bernier · Kristin Long · Elaine Temel · Lisa Thomas · Aimee Heaton · Sandy Chavez
Joel Senez · Sarah Harris · Christina O’Neill · Kristy Uveges · Micaela Scelza

Available Now: The 2020-21 Toolkits Are Here!

Hot off the press! The Toolkits for Nominating and Voting Classes and Voting-Only Classes are here! Head to our Teacher and Class Resources page to check them out today! Get ahead in your back to school planning with these easy to drop in lesson plans, worksheets, and resources.

More resources coming soon!

A Message from the CTKG Team

The Connecticut’s Kid Governor® team is looking forward to another exciting election season this fall. While there is uncertainty about this upcoming school year and how classrooms will look, we are committed to engaging 5th grade students in learning about civics and state government– in the classroom, at home, and in their communities.

We have created our signature Toolkits of lesson plans and resources to guide you through the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program. We are thinking through creative ways to adapt the program for this fall and welcome your suggestions and ideas. Now, more than ever, how to be engaged in our communities is an important lesson that all students should learn. We are committed to supporting you as you teach valuable civics lessons and skills to your 5th graders.

CTKG on the Road: Meet the Candidates Traveling Exhibit Heads to Bradley International Airport

The Connecticut’s Kid Governor Meet the Candidates Traveling Exhibit took a hiatus this spring but it is back on the road and installed at Bradley International Airport! Located in the Culture Gallery near the Spirit and United Airlines counters, it will be on display through September for visitors from across the world to see. Watch a time lapse of Head of CTKG Brian Cofrancesco and CTKG Assistant Jacob Orcutt installing the exhibit above.

If you haven’t seen the 2019-20 exhibit yet, you can explore it virtually HERE.

Special thanks to Connecticut Humanities whose partnership and funding support made this year’s exhibit possible, and to Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development/CT Office of the Arts and Bradley International Airport for hosting the exhibit.

Announcing the 2020 CT Social Studies Summer Challenge

The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House partnered with the State Department of Education, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, and CT Public to create the 2020 CT Social Studies Challenge!

Download the challenge HERE and share it with K-12 students!

Be a Social Studies Ambassador this summer! Are you interested in the history of your community and Connecticut? Are you interested in taking civic action in your home, your town, or the state? This summer you can be an anthropologist, archaeologist, biographer, community activist, curator, investigator, historical designer, kindness ambassador, and/or leader and voter. Join students from around Connecticut in this 2020 Challenge!

Connecticut’s Kid Governor® is a national award-winning civics program created by The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House. The program is presented with major funding and support from CT Humanities and the Gawlicki Family Foundation, and in partnership with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies.