Monday, April 07, 2008

Congress in the Classroom

If you are a middle school or high school social studies teacher, this is an exciting year to apply to attend the Dirksen Congressional Center's Congress in the Classroom education program at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria, Illinois, Monday, July 21 - Thursday, July 24. April 15 is the deadline to apply (online application) for the program which features sessions focusing on recent research about both congressional and presidential elections and ways to teach students about Congress and elections. Those selected for the program will receive three nights lodging, workshop materials, local transportation, and all but three meals, but must pay a non-refundable $135 registration fee and transportation costs to and from the event.

A small sampling of the proposed sessions include the following:

  • Where We Stand in the Presidential Race and What to Look For
    Tim Teehan, National Sales Director, Campaigns and Elections.
  • "I’m No Lady, I’m a Member of Congress": Women in Congress, 1917-2006
    Kathleen Johnson, Historical Publications Specialist, Office of History and Preservation, House of Representatives
  • Teaching with Primary Sources
    Cindy Rich, Project Director, Teaching with Primary Sources, Eastern Illinois University.
  • Predicting the Outcome of the Presidential Election
    Frank H. Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional Center

See the Dirksen Center Web site for a complete listing and further information.