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Call for Participation: Congress in the Classroom 2011-Our 20th Year

Call for Participation: Congress in the Classroom 2011-Our 20th Year
Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program now in   
its 20th year. 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. Forty teachers will be selected to take part in the program. All   
online applications must be received by no later than April 15, 2011. We will   
notify individuals of our decisions by April 30, 2011.   
Although the workshop will feature a variety of sessions, the 2011 program will   
feature a broad overview of Congress and blends two kinds of sessions. Some   
emphasize ideas and resources that teachers can use almost immediately in their   
classrooms -- sessions about primary sources and Best Practices are good   
examples. Other sessions deal with more abstract topics. Think of them as   
resembling graduate-level courses, stronger on content than on classroom   
applications. If you are looking for a program that features one or the other   
exclusively, Congress in the Classroom is probably not right for you.   
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 2011 workshop will be held Monday, July 25-28, 2011, at Embassy 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 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 but three 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 2011 edition of Congress in the   
Classroom. Please re-visit the site for changes as the program develops.   
Session Titles, 2011:   
* Jumping Right In Frank Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional Center CONFIRMED   
* Congressional Insight:  A Simulation Colleen Vivori, National Association of   
Manufacturers CONFIRMED   
* Using Fantasy Congress to Engage My Students Scott Corner, Government and   
Politics Teacher, Palma High School, Salinas CA CONFIRMED   
* Congress at Work Christine Blackerby, Center for Legislative Archives,   
National Archives and Records Administration CONFIRMED   
* Help for Teachers from the Office of The Historian Kathleen Johnson, Oral   
Historian, Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives CONFIRMED   
* A View of Congress from the White House:  What the Presidential Tapes Reveal   
KC Johnson, Department of History, Brooklyn College CONFIRMED   
* The Congressional Time Line Project Frank Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional   
* Congress for Kids Cindy Koeppel, The Dirksen Congressional Center CONFIRMED   
* A Journalist’s Take on Congress David Lightman, Congressional Correspondent,   
McClatchy News Service CONFIRMED   
* Teaching with Primary Sources Cindy Rich, Project Director, Teaching with   
Primary Sources, Eastern Illinois University CONFIRMED   
* Leadership in the House During the 112th Congress Bryan Marshall, Department   
of Political Science, Miami University of Ohio CONFIRMED   
* New Approaches to Teaching about Congress Paul C. Milazzo, Department of   
History, Ohio University CONFIRMED   
* How to Get Your Point Across to Congress Members Stephanie Vance, Advocacy   
Associates, Washington DC CONFIRMED   
* Best Practices CONFIRMED   
* The Impact of Congressional Redistricting on the 2012 Elections TENTATIVE   
Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -- -- to see   
what participants say about the program.   
If you are interested in learning more about the sessions and registering for   
the Congress in the Classroom 2011 workshop, you can complete an online   
registration form found at:   

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