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Sessions Announced -- Congress in the Classroom 2002

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  • Cindy Koeppel
    For Release: CONTACT: Frank H. Mackaman The Dirksen Congressional Center 301 South 4th Street, Suite A Pekin, IL 61554 fmackaman@pekin.net Phone: (309)
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2002
      For Release:

      Frank H. Mackaman
      The Dirksen Congressional Center
      301 South 4th Street, Suite A
      Pekin, IL 61554
      Phone: (309) 347-7113
      Fax: (309) 347-6432

      CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Congress in the Classroom 2002

      Congress in the Classroom® is a national, award-winning education program
      now in its tenth 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
      junior and community college faculty who teach U.S. history, government
      civics, political science, or social studies. Between 30 and 35 teachers are
      selected each year to take part in the program. Nearly 200 applied for the
      2001 program.

      The 2002 program theme will be "Congress and Public Policy." Individual
      sessions and presenters that will be offered include:

      - Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), "The Public Policy Achievements and
      Disappointments of the 107th Congress"

      - Michael Eichberg, Science Policy Fellow, American Chemical Society,
      "Science Policy in the 107th Congress: Stem Cell and Cloning Research
      Contrasted with Bioterrorism Policy"

      - Jay Farrar and Moira Whelan, Center for Strategic and International
      Studies, "Emerging National Security Issues"

      - Dan Fouts, Maine West High School (Des Plaines, IL), "MindUniversity: An
      Internet Teaching Tool"

      - Steve Frantzich, Professor of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy,
      "Teaching about Congressional Policymaking Using the Internet"

      - Pamela S. Katz, Associate Professor of Legal Studies, The Sage Colleges,
      "Separation of Powers: Another Victim of September 11?"

      - Cindy Koeppel and Frank Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional Center, "The
      Dirksen Center's Web Suite: A Resource for the Classroom"

      - D. Eric Schansberg, Professor of Economics, Indiana University (New
      Albany), "Public Choice Economics: Understanding the Intersection Between
      Economic and Political Markets"

      - Steven E. Schier, Professor of Political Science, Carleton College, "What
      Young People Ought to Know about Congress but Probably Don't"

      - George Southworth, Associate Director, Public Affairs, National
      Association of Manufacturers, "Congressional Insight: A Computer Simulation
      of a Member's First Term in the House of Representatives"

      - Loren Yager, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, U.S.
      General Accounting Office, "Trade Policy: Exploring Global Pressures,
      Domestic Interests, and Partisan Politics"

      "Best Practices for Teaching About Congress and Government" [demonstrations
      by participating teachers of effective lesson plans and teaching strategies]

      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 the national experts, listed above, 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 be held July 29 - August 1, 2002, on the campus of Bradley
      University in Peoria, Illinois. Congress in the Classroom® is free to
      participants. Participants will have the option of purchasing one hour of
      graduate credit from Bradley University; the cost in 2001 was $415.

      The deadline for application is April 17, 2002. Enrollment is competitive
      and limited to thirty-five. Selection will be determined by The Center.
      Individuals will be notified of their acceptance status by May 15.

      Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -
      (http://www.pekin.net/dirksen/progcongressinclassroom.htm) -- to see what
      participants say about the program.

      If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the Classroom® 2002
      workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at:
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