Hope for the Future: One Boy's Inauguration Journey

Loizos Karaiskos, a 5th grader at Silvermine Elementary School in Norwalk, Conn., was one of 2,900 middle school students participating in the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference from January 16-21. Watch and follow Loizos' experience.

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January 16, 2009 As school marching bands and student groups from Florida to Washington state head to the nation’s capital, teachers across the country are preparing learning activities that connect the historic events with class content and civic goals.


January 14, 2009 “Debating and working through differences about public education could clarify what kind of newly unified society we want to become," writes Ellen Condliffe Lagemann.
January 14, 2009 “The new president should avoid symbolic gestures, such as buying even more computers for schools. Instead, he should stay focused on the key elements of infrastructure: bolstering school facilities staffed by able, committed teachers," writes Bruce Fuller.
January 14, 2009 "If red and blue are to carry little political salience in the Obama White House, then public and private should prove similarly uninteresting in the new president’s Department of Education," says Doug Tuthill.

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Student Experiences: KIPP Blog

01/20 12:00 am | I WITNESSED HISTORY!!!!! | Today I witnessed history! I woke up at 3:30 am to get to the Inaguration. There was a long line when we got there. There was pushing and shoving. We had to walk at least four blocks and take two metro trains. When we got there it was very cold and dark outside. The metro train wasn't as crowded like I thought it was going to be. We were packed when we got there. When we finally got in, it was still cold, but most of all I was happy that I get to actually be standing at the Inauguration.

Inauguration Weekend Events

January 18, 2009 Instead of champagne flutes and string quartets, this "ball" had cotton candy, hot dogs, story time, and a puppet theater.

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The Presidential Inauguration: Teachable Moment

Forum Discussion How do you plan to address the inauguration in your classroom or integrate it into your lessons? What do you hope students will get out of coverage and discussions of this historic transfer of power?

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