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***DEADLINE: October 1, 2002 -- Civic Education Grants***

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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 , Sep 10, 2002
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      CONTACT:
      Frank H. Mackaman
      The Dirksen Congressional Center
      301 South 4th Street, Suite A
      Pekin, IL 61554
      309.347.7113
      309.347.6432 FAX
      fmackaman@...
      http://www.dirksencenter.org

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

      ***DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2002***

      The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants
      totaling $50,000 in 2001-2002 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 not eligible. Inter-institutional
      consortia and other groups of individual 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 submitted by no later than October 1, 2002.
      Complete information about eligibility and application procedures, may
      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 -- 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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