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  • Scott Bill Hirst
    Barry,  As you may know I have an avid interest in political history. I am forwarding this to you for those who may be interested that work in the district.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 30, 2013
       As you may know I have an avid interest in political history. I am forwarding this to you for those who may be interested that work in the district. Sharing with Ms. Koeppel and The Political Graveyard Discussion Group. You may know about this already.

      Scott Bill Hirst
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      --- On Wed, 1/30/13, Cindy Koeppel <ckoeppel@...> wrote:

      From: Cindy Koeppel <ckoeppel@...>
      Subject: [political-graveyard] Call for Participation: Congress in the Classroom 2013
      To: political-graveyard@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 5:08 PM

      * Deadline: March 15, 2013 *   
      Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program   
      developed and 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.  Thirty-five teachers will be selected to take part in the   
      Applications will be accepted through March 15. We expect to confirm selections   
      by March 29   
      The workshop will feature a variety of sessions related to the U.S. Congress.   
      Presenters will emphasize ideas and resources that teachers can use almost   
      immediately in their classrooms--examples include sessions about Internet   
      sites, online historical resources, simulations, and best classroom practices.   
      Sessions for 2013 are listed below. Information about the content of each   
      session will be posted on our Web site as it becomes available.   
      Throughout the program, you will work with subject matter 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.   
      "Until now so much of what I did in my class on Congress was straight   
      theory-this is what the Constitution says, "noted one of our teachers." Now I   
      can use these activities and illustrations to help get my students involved in   
      the class and at the very least their community but hopefully in the federal   
      government. This workshop has given me a way to help them see how relevant my   
      class is and what they can do to help make changes in society."   
      The 2013 workshop will begin Monday afternoon, July 29, and end at noon on   
      Thursday, August 2. All sessions will take place at the headquarters hotel,   
      Embassy Suites and Conference Center  --   
      http://www.embassysuiteseastpeoria.com/home.aspx  --  East Peoria, IL.   
      The program is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education for up to 22   
      Continuing Education Units. The program also is endorsed by the National   
      Council for the Social Studies.   
      Participants are 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 costs.   
      The Center pays for three nights lodging at the headquarters hotel (providing a   
      single room for each participant), workshop materials, local transportation,   
      all meals, and presenter honoraria and expenses.   
      The Center spends between $40,000 and $45,000 to host the program each year.   
      What follows are the sessions planned for the 2013 edition of Congress in the   
      Classroom. Please re-visit the site for changes as the program develops.   
      Session Titles, 2013:   
      In addition to the sessions below, additional sessions will be listed as   
      speakers are confirmed.   
      * "Congressional Insight:  A Simulation"   
      With Congressional Insight, you experience the high-pressure, uncompromising   
      environment in which legislators must operate. With increasingly tight   
      deadlines imposed by the simulation, you are part of a team that must decide   
      which bills to support, which committee posts to seek, how much time to devote   
      to fund-raising, and what tradeoffs to make amidst constituent, party,   
      special-interest, and media pressures. The quality of your choices will be   
      tested in a re-election campaign.   
      * "The Four "Ps" of Congress" Frank H. Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional   
      Mackaman will suggest a way to present information about Congress organized   
      around four themes. These themes serve (somewhat loosely) as the structure for   
      the Congress in the Classroom 2013 workshop.   
      * "Ten Things to Know About the 113th Congress" --  Frank H. Mackaman, The   
      Dirksen Congressional Center   
      What are the essential factors to know about the new Congress? This session   
      will highlight ten of them ranging from membership and organizational   
      characteristics to political dynamics and the issue agenda.   
      * "Teaching with Primary Sources"  -- Cindy Rich, Teaching with Primary   
      Sources, Eastern Illinois University   
      The Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works   
      with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and   
      foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized   
      primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.  Schools that have   
      participated in the program know that it encourages educators to embed primary   
      sources into curriculum through all disciplines and grade levels to build a   
      foundation of knowledge, enhance understanding, increase comprehension, and   
      develop multimedia/information literacy skills.   
      * "Thomas.gov Reinvented as Congress.gov" -- Cindy Rich, Teaching with Primary   
      Sources, Eastern Illinois University   
      Learn about the features of the new Web site, Congress.gov, and explore   
      classroom applications.   
      * "Fantasy Congress: Adapting Fantasy Football to the People’s Branch" --   
      Jennifer Hora, Department of Political Science, Valparaiso University   
      Imagine how engaged your students might be if they learned about Congress   
      through the use of a drafting game similar to Fantasy Football. Hora has   
      developed such an approach and finds that it encourages discussion, ownership,   
      and laughter in a curriculum focused on Congress.   
      * "What Do Political Cartoons Tell Us About Congress?"   
      This session will introduce two Web-based resources for teaching about Congress   
      using political cartoons.   
      * "Help for Teachers from the Office of the Historian, U.S. House of   
      Representatives" Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives   
      This presentation will focus on the educational resources available through the   
      Historian’s new web site. They include information about the House, Congress   
      members, exhibitions and publications, historical collections, an oral history   
      program, and educational materials.   
      * "A View of Congress from the White House: What the Presidential Tapes Reveal"   
      -- KC Johnson, Department of History, Brooklyn College   
      Using samples from Lyndon Johnson presidential recordings, KC Johnson will   
      demonstrate the nature of congressional-executive relations in the 1960s. The   
      recordings give a behind-the-scenes sense of how Congress works on public   
      policy issues that’s unusual in its richness.   
      * "Congress at Work: Going to the Source Documents" -- Christine Blackerby,   
      Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration   
      Teach your students how laws are made by using records actually created by   
      Congress while laws were made. Facsimiles of historical congressional records   
      are used to illustrate each step in the legislative process. Participants   
      investigate and appraise each document to determine what action is happening   
      and where in the legislative process that action occurs. This classroom-ready   
      lesson is set up as a game.   
      * "The YouTube Congressional Campaign"   
      The "Vote Travis Irvine for Congress" campaign offers teachers the opportunity   
      to illustrate the challenges and foibles of congressional campaigning.   
      * "The Congressional Timeline, 1933-2013"   
      The Center’s Web-based timeline arrays more than 550 of the nation's laws on a   
      timeline beginning in 1933 and continuing to the present. A second timeline   
      "band" depicts major political events of the period as a way to provide context   
      for Congress's law-making. The project also includes lesson plans.   
      * "A Modern-Day 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'"   
      Many teachers use the famed "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" starring Jean Arthur   
      and James Stewart. For all its relevance nearly 75 years after debuting, is   
      there a modern treatment of the same themes that might have more impact on your   
      students? Yes. And you will view it in this session, with a follow-up   
      * "Off Beat Ways to Introduce Congress to Students"   
      You don’t have to introduce Congress with, "The United States Congress is the   
      bicameral legislature of the federal government . . . ." as some teachers   
      undoubtedly do and Wikipedia actually does. Instead, experiment with these   
      video clips to bring some fun to the subject.   
      * "Insider Resources for the Congress Member"   
      Learn about two organizations which provide advice to Congress members and how   
      you can use their resources in your classrooms.   
      * "Listen Up Legislators: How to Get Your Point Across" -- Stephanie Vance, the   
      Advocacy Guru, Washington DC   
      How do you break through the "noise" to communicate with a member of Congress?   
      Vance has the answers. She advises clients on how to reach Congress people   
      effectively by understanding how congressional offices function and process   
      information. Heads up - one of you will have a role in "Worst Congressional   
      Meeting in the World!"   
      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.   
      * REGISTRATION *   
      If you are interested in learning more about the sessions and registering for   
      the Congress in the Classroom 2013 workshop, you can complete an online   
      registration form found at:   
      Cindy Koeppel   
      The Dirksen Congressional Center   
      2815 Broadway   
      Pekin, IL 61554   
      309.347.6432 Fax   
      Email: ckoeppel@...   
      Web site: http://www.dirksencongressionalcenter.org   
      Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DirksenCenter   
      Twitter:  http://twitter.com/dirksencenter   


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