Over 1000 election officials are learning with us around the country


Introducing CTCL Summer School

We're excited to bring you our Summer School offerings. No monotone presentations. No guessing at what applies to election offices and what doesn't. We’re bringing you engaging, actionable online courses that address the unique needs of election officials—stuff you can actually use right away! 90 minutes not enough? Check out our in-person trainings, for when a little extra attention is needed. In the meantime, see you in class!


Here's how it works

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Weekly courses will be held using an interactive video platform. Each 90-min course will include teaching, demo, Q/A, and group discussion. All you'll need is a stable internet connection and a computer with a video camera, OR, a reliable phone line if you choose to call in.

 

In each course, we’ll walk you through a live, interactive demo of a tech resource. We’ll show you what to expect, how to navigate, and more. That way, you’ll know how to get started right after class. 

 

We’ll provide you with a comprehensive participant guide after every course, so you can review later, or on the go—whatever works for you.

 

Meet new friends and come together on common tech challenges and solutions. Each course will include live Q&A and a group discussion with fellow election officials.

 

Learner stories

"I believe the instructors were very knowledgeable. The hands-on training and feedback we received was great." 

        —  County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, Shasta County, CA

“I enjoyed all of the training but really liked the interactive parts and the great humor."
        — Board of Elections, Harford County, MD

"We had excellent service and leadership to guide us. Our instructors were helpful, friendly, patient, and knowledgeable."
        — County Clerk, Laclede County, MO
 

Open courses


Week 1: Summer School Orientation

Fundamentals of election resources to get you started

 

Wednesday, July 12

1:00–1:30 PM CT

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

What you'll learn:

  • What to expect from our summer school courses
  • Background of our organization and your instructors
  • How to use our online training platform
  • Free and low-cost tech tools to modernize your election office
 


Week 2: Social Media for Voter Engagement

Enhance your office’s ability to reach voters where they are, using popular social media platforms

 

Wednesday, July 19

1:00–2:30 PM CT

Cost: $30

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

What you'll learn:

  • Where voters look for information: What research tells us
  • The importance of defining your election office's brand
  • Best practices for using social media, including how to enhance your digital presence and engage with voters
  • Introduction to design principles for creating compelling graphics
  • How to use free design software
  • How to plan your social media content
 


Week 3: Improving Your Election Website

Make your election website more effective at providing important civic information

 

Wednesday, July 26

1:00–2:30 PM CT

Cost: $30


REGISTRATION CLOSED

What you’ll learn:

  • What top civic information people are looking for online
  • Principles of writing in plain language and using plain design to reflect voters’ needs and make information easy to understand
  • Ways to update your election website to keep the public informed and interested year-round
  • How to use a free app to strengthen your writing skills
     


    Week 4: Accessible Communication for Election Offices

    Learn the basics of how to provide information to everyone in your community, regardless of ability

     

    Wednesday, August 2

    1:00–2:30 PM CT

    Cost: $30


    REGISTRATION CLOSED

    What you'll learn: 

    • Why accessibility matters
    • Introduction to principles of accessibility
    • Ways to make your content and messages more accessible for all people 
    • How to use a free program to test the accessibility of your election website
     


    Week 5: Collecting, Analyzing, and Visualizing Election Data

    Discover how to use election data to tell powerful stories

     

    Wednesday, August 9

    1:00–2:30 PM CT

    Cost: $30
     

    REGISTRATION CLOSED

     

    What you’ll learn:

    • Why election data matters for election offices and the people you serve
    • Introduction to principles of data analysis
    • How to visualize your election data for story-telling
    • How to establish healthy data habits in your election office
    • Benefits of visualizing data for your election office and your community
    • How to use free software to visualize data
     

    Meet your instructors

     
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    Whitney May first caught the election bug when she joined the Durham County Board of Elections in 2007. She was hired to do a number of things, one of which was recruiting and training hundreds of poll workers. In this position, she quickly learned about putting together training materials that translated complicated election laws into simple instructions that anyone could follow. After working with a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, she was able to further refine her training skills to deliver engaging, effective, and scalable courses to local government officials.

    As an instructor, Whitney’s big goals are to advance your tech and communication skills while connecting you with other election officials who can support your curiosity and growth.

     

    Kurt Sampsel enjoys introducing election administrators to new tools and technologies and then seeing them make an impact on the voting experience. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kurt has 10 years of experience as a college instructor and communications specialist, and for the last 2 years he's applied his teaching background to supporting election officials. Kurt has given presentations on civic technology at conferences coast to coast, including recent meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association and the International Association of Government Officials.

    As an instructor, Kurt likes to set the agenda for thoughtful discussion, promoting cross-talk between election officials to find the best way to overcome challenges and meet your goals. 


    About CTCL

    Why do we do what we do?

    We launched our first in-person training course in 2013 when we helped Mercer County, WV build their very first election website. Since then, we've traveled from town-to-town and state-to-state to help hundreds of election officials around the country learn new tech skills in order to strengthen their relationship with voters, office holders, and candidates. We've worked with directors, county clerks, and election administrators—from their 20s to their 70s. All of whom want to refine and deepen the impact they can bring to the community they're working with, because they know that their skills pave the way for what others can accomplish.


    Why online classes?

    We want to provide true national reach, and make it possible for all election officials to learn, regardless of time, geography, or ability. There's a ton of great online courses out there, but nothing that's truly focused on the unique tech needs of election offices. We want to even the playing field and give election officials easy access to high-quality professional development, which is why we took matters into our own hands and launched Summer School. 


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