Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 347-7113
Fax: (309) 347-6432
*** CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Congress in the Classroom 2004 ***
Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education
program now in its twelfth 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
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. The 2004 program will be limited to high school
The 2004 program theme will be "Election 2004."
Participants will 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 Monday, August 2 through Thursday,
August 5, 2004, on the campus of Bradley University, Peoria,
Illinois. Congress in the Classroom is free to participants.
Participants are responsible for (1) a non-refundable $100
registration fee and (2) transportation to and from Peoria,
Illinois. Many school districts will pay all or a portion of these
costs. 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, 2004. 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, 2004.
Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -
-- to see
what participants say about the program.
If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the
Classroom 2004 workshop, you can complete an online registration
form found at: