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***COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: June 2003***

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  • Cindy Koeppel
    COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: June 2003 Welcome to The Dirksen Congressional Center s Communicator - a web-based e-newsletter providing educators with news and ideas
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      COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: June 2003

      Welcome to The Dirksen Congressional Center's "Communicator" - a
      web-based e-newsletter providing educators with news and ideas to
      enhance civic education and improve the understanding of Congress --
      http://www.webcommunicator.org

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      NEWS FROM THE DIRKSEN CENTER
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      <<< Congratulations! >>>

      The Dirksen Center congratulates teachers from all across the United
      States for being selected to participate in our national, award-winning
      education program, Congress in the Classroom 2003. The program is now
      in its eleventh year and is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and
      information on teaching about Congress.

      The Center selected 33 teachers from a total of 189 applications this
      year. We have invited 13 men and 20 women with classroom experience
      ranging from first year to 34 years.

      A list of this year's participants:
      www.dirksencenter.org/progcongressinclassroom.htm#participants2003

      For those whom The Center did not select, we offered the option of
      taking the online version of the workshop found at:
      http://www.congressclass.org Anyone may take the course either for
      information or for certification.

      <<< Civic Education Grant Winners >>>

      Congratulations to the following Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants
      winners for the May 2003 round of competition:

      * Jeff Aas, Bemidji High School, Bemidji, MN, "Teaching with Technology:
      The U.S. Constitution on CD" - funded at $2,910

      * Alan Rosenthal, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, the State
      University of New Jersey, "Teaching Democracy Appreciation" - funded at
      $5,000

      * Yvonne Marie Andes, Global SchoolNet, Encinitas, CA, "Power of the
      Purse" - funded at $4,950

      * Deborah Aufdenspring, MIT Academy High School, Vallejo, CA,
      "Destination D.C." - funded at $3,300

      * Drew E. VandeCreek, Northern Illinois University Libraries
      Digitization Unit, Dekalb, IL, "Congress and Great Issues of the Gilded
      Age" - funded at $5,000

      Learn more about these grant projects and others at:
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantmichelciviced.htm#RecentGrants

      Do you have a project? Submit a grant proposal! For more information
      about how to submit a Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants proposal,
      please visit: http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantmichelciviced.htm. The
      Dirksen Congressional Center intends to award $35,000 in 2004, with May
      1 the deadline for proposals. If you have questions about the Robert H.
      Michel Civic Education Grants, contact Frank Mackaman at
      mailto:fmackaman@....

      <<< Congress for Kids is Everywhere! >>>

      Congress for Kids - http://www.congressforkids.net - has recently
      received recognition for design and educational excellence from such
      organizations as the American Library Association, the "Journal of
      Homeschooling," ClassBrain.com, FunHouse, and KidsClick!, among others.
      The Dirksen Center also learned in May that the U.S. Embassy in Russia
      posts a link to Congress for Kids on its Web site!

      <<< The Powers of the President >>>

      Representing a significant departure from the Articles of Confederation,
      the Constitution established an executive branch headed by a president.
      Visit The Dirksen Center's Web suite -
      http://www.dirksencongressionalcenter.org -- to find resources that will
      help your students recognize and distinguish the president's formal and
      informal powers and duties and learn more about the president's role in
      the executive branch.

      The Constitution grants a few specific powers to the president, in
      contrast to the many powers it gives Congress. Article II of the
      Constitution relates to the method of election, term and qualifications
      for office, and procedures for succession and impeachment rather than
      what the president can do. Find the online version of Article II on
      CongressLink at: http://www.congresslink.org/artcl2.html

      The president has the authority to negotiate treaties with other
      nations. Teachers, do your students know about these formal
      international agreements? If not, introduce them to the hyperlinked
      definition of this CongressLink-hosted term at:
      http://www.congresslink.org/glossary.html#T

      The president selects many people to serve the government in a wide
      range of offices. More than 2,000 of these positions require
      confirmation or approval by the Senate under the "advice and consent"
      provision of the Constitution. Learn more about presidential
      appointments. Find "Presidential Appointments - ThisNation.com" at:
      http://www.aboutgovernment.org/executivebranch.htm#powers

      The president is authorized to propose legislation. The president's
      veto power is an important check on Congress. By introducing our
      CongressLink featured lesson plan, students will be able to summarize
      the veto and override process as outlined in the U.S. Constitution and
      used by the executive and legislative branches. They will also be able
      to research and graph the correlation among the political control of the
      respective branches, bills introduced, and the number of vetoes and
      overrides. Find "The Veto Process" at:
      http://www.congresslink.org/lessonplans/CKVeto.html

      The power to grant pardons, except impeachment, is also given to the
      president. Our AboutGovernment hot link is a comprehensive non-partisan
      guide to presidential pardons and clemency actions since 1789 hosted by
      the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Find "Presidential Pardons"
      at: http://www.aboutgovernment.org/executivebranch.htm#powers

      <<< Featured Project >>>

      Presidents have signed executive agreements with other countries to
      conduct foreign policy that do not require Senate action. The Supreme
      Court ruled that these agreements are within the inherent powers of the
      president. This month our featured project is a Congressional Research
      Award of $3,479 granted to Jeffrey S. Peake from Bowling Green State
      University and Glen S. Krutz from the University of Oklahoma. Their
      project, "Presidential-Congressional Relations on International
      Agreements, 1949-2000," seeks to explain in a systematic fashion why
      presidents increasingly use executive agreements rather than treaties
      and the variation in treaty ratification success in the Senate. Learn
      more about this project and others at:
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantcongresearchaward.htm#Grntrecipient00

      *NEW* Numerous limits placed on the presidency have not been sufficient
      enough to prevent the powers and role of the president from expanding
      dramatically over the last two centuries. The trend throughout the 20th
      century has been to increase presidential powers at the expense of
      Congress. Help your students learn more about the powers of the
      president by introducing the interactive vocabulary practice quiz posted
      on Congress for Kids. Find "The Powers of the President" at:
      http://www.congressforkids.net/games/executivebranch/2_execbranch.htm

      <<< President's Power Puzzler >>>

      1. Overriding a presidential veto requires a _____ fraction of the vote
      in each chamber of the Congress.

      2. Why do presidents often use executive agreements rather than treaties
      when negotiating with foreign powers?

      A) Executive agreements don't require the assistance of the Department
      of State; treaties do.
      B) Executive agreements don't require Senate approval; treaties do.
      C) Executive agreements can be issued in secret; treaties must be
      publicized.
      D) Foreign powers have more confidence in America's executive
      agreements.

      Answers to the May issue of "Fun, Facts, and Trivia" link here:
      http://www.webcommunicator.org/funfactstrivia0503ans.htm

      See you in July! Encourage your colleagues to subscribe to the
      Communicator. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, contact
      Cindy Koeppel at mailto:ckoeppel@.... Your feedback makes
      a difference!
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