How it Works 

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Each 90-min online course will include expert teaching, demo, Q/A, and interactive exercises. 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.

 

Spur new ways of thinking through our interactive demos of tech resources. 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 for continued practice on your own or with your team. 

 

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

 

Open Courses


Course 1: Orientation - Introduction to Winter School

Get a head start on Winter School by meeting your instructors and familiarizing yourself with our video platform. 

 

Monday, February 12

1:00–1:30 PM CT

Cost: Free

What you'll learn:

  • Course objectives and expectations
  • Background on our organization and your instructors
  • How to navigate our online training platform successfully


Course 2: Social Media for Voter Engagement

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

 

Tuesday, February 13

1:00–2:30 PM CT

Cost: $40

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What you'll learn:

  • What research demonstrates on where voters look for civic information
  • Best practices for using social media and how to streamline content creation
  • Introduction to a design software and design principles for creating compelling graphics 

Course 3: Improving Your Election Website

Make your election website more effective at providing important civic information.

 

Thursday, February 15

1:00–2:30 PM CT

Cost: $40
 

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What you’ll learn:

  • Principles of writing in plain language and using simple design to reflect voters’ needs and make information easy to understand
  • Strategies to update your election website to keep the public informed and invested year-round
  • Introduction to a digital tool that will strengthen your writing skills for the public

    Course 4: Accessible Communication for Election Offices

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

     

    Tuesday, February 20

    1:00–2:30 PM CT

    Cost: $40
     

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    What you'll learn: 

    • Why accessibility matters for civic life and strategies of communications fit for all people
    • Introduction to principles of accessibility 
    • Introduction to a digital tool to test the accessibility of your election website


    Course 5: Collecting, Analyzing, and Visualizing Election Data

    Discover how to use election data to tell powerful stories.

     

    Thursday, February 22

    1:00–2:30 PM CT

    Cost: $40
     

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    What you’ll learn:

    • Introduction to principles of data analysis
    • How to integrate healthy data habits for your team
    • Introduction to a digital tool that will visualize your election data 

    Course 6: Messages to Motivate Voters

    Dig deep into motivational messages and communication tools proven to inspire people to come to the polls election after election.

     

    Tuesday, February 27

    1:00–2:30 PM CT

    Cost: $40
     

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    What you’ll learn:

    • Understand what research shows about how to persuade people to become more civically engaged
    • Motivational messages to empower your voters
    • How to test your outreach materials for successful elections
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    Course 7: Poll Worker Management Best Practices

    Gain strategies for effectively recruiting, training, and coordinating poll workers.

     

    Thursday, March 1 

    1:00–2:30 PM CT

    Cost: $40

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    What you’ll learn:

    • Best practices from the field and new strategies for recruiting poll workers
    • How to evaluate your workforce of poll workers
    • How to use simple tech tools to enhance your poll worker management

    Stories from the classroom

    "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

    "We had excellent service and leadership to guide us. Our instructors were helpful, friendly, patient, and knowledgeable."

                          — County Clerk, Laclede County, MO

               “I enjoyed all of the training but really liked the interactive parts and the great humor."

                          — Board of Elections, Harford County, MD


    Meet your instructors

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    Whitney May first caught the election bug in 2007 at the Durham County Board of Elections, where she trained hundreds of poll workers. Later, working with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., she refined her training skills to deliver engaging courses to government officials.

    As an instructor, Whitney wants to advance your tech skills while connecting you with other curious election officials.

     

    Kurt Sampsel enjoys introducing election administrators to new tools and then seeing them shape the voting experience. Kurt has 10 years of experience as a college instructor and communications specialist, and for the last 2 years he's been working to supporting election officials. 

    As an instructor, Kurt hopes to involve you in discussion to find the best way to overcome challenges.


    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 our online series—Summer and Winter Schools.


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