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Call for Participation: Congress in the Classroom 2007

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  • Cindy Koeppel
    Call For Participation: Congress in the Classroom 2007 DEADLINE: March 30, 2007 Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program now in
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2007
      Call For Participation: Congress in the Classroom 2007

      DEADLINE: March 30, 2007

      Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program now
      in its 15th year. Developed and sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional
      Center, the workshop is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information
      on teaching about Congress. This year, for the first time, The Center will
      join with the new Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service in
      conducting the workshop.

      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 will be selected in 2007 to take part in the

      The 2007 program will feature a broad overview of Congress with special
      attention to the new 110th Congress with the Democrats in charge for the
      first time in more than a decade.

      The workshop will be held Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 2, at the Hotel
      Pere Marquette, Peoria, Illinois, with workshop sessions to take place in
      the Peoria Civic Center's new addition.

      Tentative session titles are listed below. (NOTE: Additional sessions will
      be listed as presenters are confirmed. More information about the content of
      each session will be posted as it becomes available.)

      * Opening Remarks: 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 Association of

      * Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service -- Grant Reeher,
      Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and
      Public Affairs, Syracuse University

      * Rules, Rules, Rules: Congress Relies on Them -- Don Wolfensberger,
      Director of the Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center

      * Finding the Humor in Congress -- Frank H. Mackaman, Staff Member, The
      Dirksen Congressional Center

      * Electoral College Strategy 2008 -- Thomas F. Schaller, Professor of
      Political Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

      * Why Principled Leadership in Public Service Matters -- Brad McMillan,
      Executive Director, Institute for Principled Leadership in Public

      * A Former Staff Member’s Perspective on Congress -- Brian D. Posler,
      Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Southern

      * What Every New Senator Should Know about the U.S. Senate -- Richard A.
      Baker, Historian, U.S. Senate Historical Office

      * How to Get Your Point Across to Congress Members -- Stephanie Vance,
      AdVanced Communications, Washington DC

      * The Dirksen Center Web Suite as a Resource for Teachers -- Cindy Koeppel,
      The Dirksen Congressional Center

      Other Program Highlights

      In addition to the hour-long sessions described above, we 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.

      Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_programs_CongressClassroom.htm -- 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 2007
      workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at:

      For additional information contact:

      Lynn Kasinger
      The Dirksen Congressional Center
      2815 Broadway
      Pekin, IL 61554
      Phone: (309) 347-7113
      Fax: (309) 347-6432
      Email: mailto:lkasinger@...

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