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***CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Congress in the Classroom 2003***

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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 mailto:fmackaman@dirksencenter.org
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 10, 2003
      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 2003 >>>

      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: (1) The case for
      representative democracy, (2) What you can learn about Congress Members
      from statistics, (3) How Members make decisions, (4) How does a bill
      become a law? Not the way the textbooks say, (5) How does one lead
      Congress? and (6) 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

      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 -
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/progcongressinclassroom.htm#what -- 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:
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