CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Congress in the Classroom 2002

Cindy Koeppel ckoeppel1 at HOME.COM
Mon Dec 3 07:48:15 MST 2001

For Release:

Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
301 South 4th Street, Suite A
Pekin, IL 61554
fmackaman at
Phone: (309) 347-7113
Fax: (309) 347-6432

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Congress in the Classroom 2002

Congress in the Classroom® is a national, award-winning education program
now in its tenth year. It is sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center
located in Pekin, Illinois in cooperation with Bradley University, Peoria,
Illinois, and is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on
teaching about Congress.

Congress in the Classroom® is designed for secondary school teachers and
junior and community college faculty who teach U.S. history, government
civics, political science, or social studies. Between 30 and 35 teachers are
selected each year to take part in the program. Nearly 200 applied for the
2001 program.

The 2002 program theme will be "Congress and Public Policy." Individual
sessions will be offered on these topics, among others: the policy agenda
for the current Congress, how public policies are produced in the
legislative process, the role of congressional leaders in shaping policy,
the budgetary process, the impact of the off-year elections on policy, and
the relationship between the President and Congress. Participants will also
gain experience with The Center's educational Web site, CongressLink --
( -- which features online access to lesson
plans, student activities, historical materials, related Web sites, and
subject matter experts. Throughout the program participants will work with
national experts as well as colleagues from across the nation. This
combination of first-hand knowledge and peer-to-peer interaction will
present new ideas, materials, and a professionally enriching experience.

The workshop will be held July 29 - August 1, 2002, on the campus of Bradley
University in Peoria, Illinois. Congress in the Classroom® is free to
participants. Participants will have the option of purchasing one hour of
graduate credit from Bradley University; the cost in 2001 was $415.

The deadline for application is April 17, 2002. Enrollment is competitive
and limited to thirty-five. Selection will be determined by The Center.
Individuals will be notified of their acceptance status by May 15.

Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -
( -- to see what
participants say about the program.

If you are interested in registering for the Congress in the Classroom® 2002
workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at:

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