NEW SESSIONS ADDED: Congress in the Classroom 2006
- NEW SESSIONS ADDED
** CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Congress in the Classroom 2006 **
DEADLINE: March 30, 2006 -- APPLY SOON!
Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education
program now in its 14th year. Sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional
Center, the workshop is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and
information on teaching about Congress.
Congress in the Classroom is designed for high school or middle
school teachers who teach U.S. history, government, civics, political
science, or social studies. Forty teachers from throughout the
country will be selected in 2006 to take part in the program.
You will gain experience with The Center's educational Web site,
CongressLink (www.congresslink.org), which features online access to
lesson plans, student activities, historical materials, related Web
sites, and subject matter experts.
Throughout the program you will work with national experts as well as
colleagues from across the nation. This combination of firsthand
knowledge and peer-to-peer interaction will give you new ideas,
materials, and a professionally enriching experience.
In sum, the workshop consists of two types of sessions: those that
focus on recent research and scholarship about Congress (and don't
always have an immediate application in the classroom) and those
geared to specific ways to teach students about Congress.
The 2006 program will feature a broad overview of Congress with
special attention to the mid-year elections of 2006. Tentative
session titles are listed below. Additional sessions will be
announced as presenters are confirmed. More information about the
content of each session will be posted on our Web site as it becomes
available shortly after February 15.
*A View from Capitol Hill -- The Honorable Ray LaHood, (R-IL, 18th
District, U.S. House of Representatives)
* Congressional Insight: An Interactive Simulation of a Member's
First Term in the House of Representatives -- Bethany Dame, National
* We Already Know the Winners: The Demise of Congressional General
Elections -- Harvey Tucker, Texas A&M University
* How Legislators' Experiences as Candidates Affect Their Behavior as
Policymakers in Congress -- Tracy Sulkin, University of Illinois
* Ten Things Your Students Should Know about Congress -- Frank
Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional Center
* C-SPAN Classroom: Where Content Clicks! -- Joanne Wheeler, C-SPAN
* How to Get Your Point Across to Congress Members -- Stephanie
Vance, AdVanced Communications
* The Dirksen Center Web Suite as a Resource for Teachers -- Cindy
Koeppel, The Dirksen Congressional Center
* View from the Other End of the Avenue: The Legislative Presidency --
Jeffrey Weinberg, Adjunct Faculty, George Washington University and American
* What We Can Expect from the 2006 Congressional Elections -- Lauren
Whittington, "Roll Call"
NEW! *The Capitol Hill Experience: From the Viewpoint of American
Political Science Association Fellows -- Artemus Ward, Northern Illinois
and APSA Fellow, 2002-03, assigned to the House Judiciary Committee
NEW! *Teaching About Civic Competency -- Jeffrey Bernstein, Eastern
Other Program Highlights:
In addition to the hour-long sessions above, The Center will offer
what we call Sound Bites, or 15-minute sessions, on campaign
commercials, campaign literature, a film clip of Senator Dirksen
explaining the nature of congressional leadership, a new Web feature
dealing with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other possibilities.
The workshop will take place from Monday, July 31 through Thursday,
August 3, 2006, at the Radisson Hotel in Peoria, Illinois. Teachers
who are selected for the program will be responsible for (1) a
non-refundable $135 registration fee (required to confirm acceptance
after notice of selection) and (2) transportation to and from Peoria,
Illinois. Many school districts will pay all or a portion of these
The Center pays for three nights lodging at the headquarters hotel
(providing a single room for each participant), workshop materials,
local transportation, all but three meals, and presenter honoraria
Those teachers who are not selected for the program will have an
opportunity to register for the Web-based Congress in the Classroom
workshop -- http://www.congressclass.org
The deadline for applications is March 30, 2006. Enrollment is
competitive and limited to forty. Selection will be determined by The
Center. Individuals will be notified of their acceptance status by
April 15, 2006.
Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -
to see what participants say about the program and to learn more
about the scheduled sessions and presenters.
If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the
Classroom 2006 workshop, you can complete an online registration form