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Deadline: Congress in the Classroom 2010  Cindy Koeppel
 Apr 05, 2010 09:42 PDT 

* Deadline: April 15, 2010 *    
Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program
now in    
its 19th year. Developed and sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional
Center, the    
workshop is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on
about Congress.    
Congress in the Classroom is designed for high school or middle school
who teach U.S. history, government, civics, political science, or social
studies. Forty teachers will be selected to take part in the program.
online applications must be received by no later than April 15, 2010. We
notify individuals of our decisions by April 30, 2010.    
Although the workshop will feature a variety of sessions, the 2010
program will    
feature a broad overview of Congress with special attention to the
elections of 2010. Tentative session titles are listed below. Additional
sessions will be announced as presenters are confirmed. More information
the content of each session will be posted on our Web site as it becomes
available shortly after February 15.    
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
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."    
In sum, the workshop consists of two types of sessions: those that focus
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 the federal legislature.    
The 2010 workshop will be held Monday, July 26 - Thursday, July 29, at
Suites, East Peoria, Illinois.    
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 $125 registration
(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
all but three meals, and presenter honoraria and expenses. The Center
between $30,000 and $35,000 to host the program each year.    
What follows are the sessions planned for the 2010 edition of Congress
in the    
Classroom. Please re-visit the site for changes as the program develops.
Session Titles, 2010:    
* "The View from Capitol Hill" Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL, 18th    
* "Congressional Insight" A team-oriented, highly interactive simulation
of a    
Congress member's first term CONFIRMED    
* "The Congressional Time Line Project" Frank Mackaman and Cindy
Koeppel, The    
Dirksen Congressional Center CONFIRMED    
* "Can Congress Ever Be Popular?" Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, University of

Nebraska-Lincoln CONFIRMED    
* "How Fantasy Football Saved Congress: Active Learning through a
Drafting Game" Jennifer J. Hora, Department of Political Science,
University CONFIRMED    
* "Help for Teachers from the Office of History and Preservation"
Johnson, Historical Publications Specialist, Office of History and    
Preservation, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives
* "A View of Congress from the White House: What the Presidential Tapes
KC Johnson, Department of History, Brooklyn College CONFIRMED    
* "A Journalist's Take on Congress" David Lightman, Congressional    
Correspondent, McClatchy News Service CONFIRMED    
* "Teaching with Primary Sources" Cindy Rich, Project Director, Teaching
Primary Sources, Eastern Illinois University CONFIRMED    
* Leadership in the House During the 111th Congress" Bryan Marshall,
of Political Science, Miami University of Ohio    
* "Introduction to the Virtual Congress" Elaine Larson, Education and
Training, Center of Congress at Indiana University CONFIRMED    
* "What is Most Important to Teach about Congress?" Teachers CONFIRMED   

* "The Five Best New Books on Congress" Teacher Panel CONFIRMED    
* "Election 2010: Why Do Voters Vote the Way They Do?" Andrew Civettini,
Department of Political Science, Knox College CONFIRMED    
* "The Ten Most Important Things to Know about Congress" Frank H.
Mackaman, The    
Dirksen Congressional Center CONFIRMED    
* "How to Get Your Point Across to Congress Members" Stephanie Vance,
Associates, Washington, DC CONFIRMED    
Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site --    
http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_programs_CongressClassroom.htm -- to
what participants say about the program.    
If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the Classroom
workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at:    
Cindy Koeppel    
The Dirksen Congressional Center    
2815 Broadway    
Pekin, IL 61554    
309.347.7113 Phone    
309.347.6432 Fax    
Web site: http://www.dirksencongressionalcenter.org    
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dirksencenter    
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