[WSCSS] Professional Development: Congress in the Classroom 2007

Cindy Koeppel ckoeppel at dirksencenter.org
Wed Mar 14 13:23:04 EDT 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.  

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 but three meals, and presenter
honoraria and expenses. 

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 

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

* 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

* Reporting from Congress -- Seth Stern, "Congressional Quarterly"

* How Women in Congress have Transformed It -- Debra L. Dodson, Visiting
Research Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute
of Politics, Rutgers University

* Teaching with Editorial Cartoons -- Workshop teachers
* 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 at dirksencenter.org

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