Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program now in its eleventh year. It is sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center located in Pekin, Illinois, in cooperation with Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on teaching about Congress.
Congress in the Classroom is designed for secondary school teachers and community college faculty who teach U.S. history, American government civics, political science, social studies, or related subjects. Between 30 and 35 teachers from throughout the country are selected each year to take part in the program. Nearly 200 applied for last year's workshop.
The 2003 program theme will be "An Overview of Congress." Individual sessions will be offered on such topics as:
The case for representative democracy
What you can learn about Congress Members from statistics
How Members make decisions
How does a bill become a law? Not the way the textbooks say
How does one lead Congress?
The Media and Congress.
Participants will also gain experience with The Center's educational Web site, CongressLink - http://www.congresslink.org -- which features online access to lesson plans, student activities, historical materials, related Web sites, and subject matter experts. Throughout the program, participants will work with national experts as well as colleagues from across the nation. This combination of first-hand knowledge and peer-to-peer interaction will present new ideas, materials, and a professionally enriching experience.
The workshop will take place from July 28 through July 31, 2003, on the campus of Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. Congress in the Classroom is free to participants. Teachers who are selected for the program will be required to post a $100 deposit which will be refunded in full once they have completed the program. Participants also have the option of purchasing one hour of graduate credit from Bradley University. We expect the per hour charge for graduate credit to be from $435 - $450.
Those teachers who are not selected for the program will have an opportunity to register for the Web-based Congress in the Classroom course.
The deadline for applications is March 15, 2003. Enrollment is competitive and limited to thirty-five. Selection will be determined by The Center. Individuals will be notified of their acceptance status by April 1, 2003.
Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site to see what participants say about the program. If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the Classroom 2003 workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at: http://www.dirksencenter.org/CiCapplication.htm
Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
301 South 4th Street, Suite A
Pekin, IL 61554
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