Call for Participation: Congress in the Classroom 2005
Cindy Koeppel

    CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Congress in the Classroom« 2005 DEADLINE: March 15, 2005

    Congress in the Classroom« is a national, award-winning
    education program now in its 13th year. Sponsored by The
    Dirksen Congressional Center, the workshop is dedicated to
    the exchange of ideas and information on teaching about

    Congress in the Classroom« is designed for high school
    teachers who teach U.S. history, government, civics,
    political science, or social studies. Forty teachers from
    throughout the country will be selected in 2005 to take
    part in the program.

    You will 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

    Throughout the program you will work with national 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.

    In sum, the workshop consists of two types of sessions:
    those that focus on 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 Congress.

    The 2005 program theme will be "Our New Congress -- the
    109th." Confirmed session titles are:

    * A View from Capitol Hill
    * The Importance of Teaching Democracy Appreciation
    * George W. Bush's Second Term: What's in Store for
    * Congress Has a Humorous Side
    * How Congress Members Decide (Hint: It Looks Like a Game of
    * Teaching Congress Through Visuals
    * The Struggle to Reform Congress and Its Consequences
    * The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Using Document Analysis to
    Tell the Story
    * How to Get Your Point Across to Congress Members
    * The Dirksen Center Web Suite as a Resource for Teachers
    * Congressional Insight: A Computer Simulation of a Member's
    First Term in the House of Representatives, and more.

    The workshop will take place from Monday, July 25 through
    July 28, 2005, at the Radisson Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.
    Teachers who are selected for the program will be
    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. The
    Center spends between $25,000 and $30,000 to host the
    program each year

    Those teachers who are not selected for the program will
    have an opportunity to register for the Web-based Congress
    in the Classroom course.

    The deadline for applications is March 15, 2005. Enrollment
    is competitive and limited to forty. Selection will be
    determined by The Center. Individuals will be notified of
    their acceptance status by April 1, 2005.

    Take a look at The Dirksen Center Web site -
    m.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« 2005 workshop, you can complete an online
    registration form found at: