PROVIDENCE, RI – This week, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) named the Rhode Island Department of State as one of three finalists for the 2019 NASS IDEAS (Innovation, Dedication, Excellence, & Achievements in Service) Award.
Each year the NASS IDEAS Award recognizes significant state contributions to the mission of NASS, while honoring the outstanding programs and achievements of NASS member offices. Nominations are encouraged in all areas of state government programming that is overseen or administered by Secretary of State or Lieutenant Governor offices throughout the United States.
The Rhode Island Department of State was named a finalist for a series of civics and history tools and experiential learning opportunities for K-12 educators to use in and outside of the classroom.
"It is an honor to be named a finalist for this year's IDEAS Award," Secretary Gorbea said. "The path to a future of civically engaged Rhode Islanders begins in our classrooms. The resources provided by the Department of State help our students to understand how government has worked throughout our history and how they can be active participants in our democracy today."
"I am happy Rhode Island's civics and history resources for educators' program has been named a NASS IDEAS award finalist," said NASS President Jim Condos, who serves as Vermont Secretary of State. "We look forward to Secretary Gorbea and the other finalists' programs being showcased at our 2019 Summer Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The IDEAS award is a great opportunity for Secretaries to feature their individual state work and share great practices with other states."
The Rhode Island Department of State will present their work along with finalists from Iowa and North Carolina.