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***GRANTS DEADLINE: Civic Education***

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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 309.347.7113 309.347.6432 FAX
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2003
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      For Release:

      CONTACT:
      Frank H. Mackaman
      The Dirksen Congressional Center
      301 South 4th Street, Suite A
      Pekin, IL 61554
      309.347.7113
      309.347.6432 FAX
      mailto:fmackaman@...
      http://www.dirksencenter.org

      <<<Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants Announcement>>>

      ***DEADLINE: May 1, 2003***

      The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants
      totaling $35,000 in the two selection rounds, October 2002 and May 2003,
      to help teachers, curriculum developers, and others improve the quality
      of civics instruction, with priority on the role of Congress in our
      federal government. Areas of interest include designing lesson plans,
      creating student activities, and applying instructional technology in
      the classroom.

      Teachers (4th through 12th grades), community college faculty, and
      college and university faculty are eligible as are teacher-led student
      teams and individuals who develop curriculum. Priority will be given to
      the following disciplines: history, government, social studies,
      political science, and education.

      Institutions and organizations are eligible under certain conditions.
      Inter-institutional consortia and other groups of individuals may apply,
      but grant funds may not be used to defray indirect costs or overhead
      expenses. The funds are intended solely to produce "deliverables" of use
      to classroom teachers.

      Final proposals must be e-mailed or postmarked by no later than May 1,
      2003. Complete information about eligibility and application procedures,
      can be found at The Center's Web site --
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantmichelciviced.htm The Center does not
      provide an application form. You may find it helpful to review the
      sample grant proposal at --
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantmichelcivicsample.htm Frank Mackaman
      is the program officer -- mailto:fmackaman@...

      The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M.
      Dirksen, is a private, non-partisan, nonprofit research and educational
      organization devoted to the study of Congress and its leaders. The
      Center created the Michel Civic Education Grants to fund practical
      classroom strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning
      about civics, with a particular emphasis on the role of Congress in the
      federal government. The goal of education in civics, we believe, is
      informed, responsible participation in political life by competent
      citizens. Current levels of political knowledge, political engagement,
      and political enthusiasm leave much to be desired. Part of the solution
      rests in better instructional practices.
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