Call For Participation: Congress in the Classroom 2007
DEADLINE: March 30, 2007
Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program now in its 15th year. Developed and sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center, the workshop is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on teaching about Congress. This year, for the first time, The Center will join with the new Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service in conducting the workshop.
Congress in the Classroom® is designed for high school or middle school teachers who teach U.S. history, government, civics, political science, or social studies. Forty teachers will be selected in 2007 to take part in the program.
The 2007 program will feature a broad overview of Congress with special attention to the new 110th Congress with the Democrats in charge for the first time in more than a decade.
The workshop will be held Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 2, at the Hotel Pere Marquette, Peoria, Illinois, with workshop sessions to take place in the Peoria Civic Center's new addition.
Tentative session titles are listed below. (NOTE: Additional sessions will be listed as presenters are confirmed. More information about the content of each session will be posted as it becomes available.)
* Opening Remarks: A View from Capitol Hill -- The Honorable Ray LaHood, (R-IL, 18th District, U.S. House of Representatives)
* Congressional Insight: An Interactive Simulation of a Member's First Term in the House of Representatives -- Bethany Dame, National Association of Manufacturers
* Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service -- Grant Reeher, Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
* Rules, Rules, Rules: Congress Relies on Them -- Don Wolfensberger, Director of the Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center
* Finding the Humor in Congress -- Frank H. Mackaman, Staff Member, The Dirksen Congressional Center
* Electoral College Strategy 2008 -- Thomas F. Schaller, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
* Why Principled Leadership in Public Service Matters -- Brad McMillan, Executive Director, Institute for Principled Leadership in Public
* A Former Staff Member’s Perspective on Congress -- Brian D. Posler, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Southern Indiana
* What Every New Senator Should Know about the U.S. Senate -- Richard A. Baker, Historian, U.S. Senate Historical Office
* How to Get Your Point Across to Congress Members -- Stephanie Vance, AdVanced Communications, Washington DC
* The Impact of Women in Congress -- Debra Dodson, Congressional Research Award Winner, 1997
* The Dirksen Center Web Suite as a Resource for Teachers -- Cindy Koeppel, The Dirksen Congressional Center
Other Program Highlights
In addition to the hour-long sessions described above, we will offer what we call "Sound Bites," or 15-minute sessions, on campaign commercials, campaign literature, a film clip of Senator Dirksen explaining the nature of congressional leadership, a new Web feature dealing with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other possibilities.
Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site - http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_programs_CongressClassroom.htm -- to see what participants say about the program and to learn more about the scheduled sessions and presenters.
If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the Classroom 2007 workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at: http://www.dirksencenter.org/programs_CiCapplication.htm.
For additional information contact:
The Dirksen Congressional Center
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 347-7113
Fax: (309) 347-6432
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