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Cindy Koeppel <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 29 Dec 2000 11:33:19 -0600
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Call for Participation -- Congress in the ClassroomŪ 2001

Congress in the ClassroomŪ 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 ClassroomŪ 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.

The 2001 program theme will be "The Legislative Process." Individual
sessions will be offered on these topics, among others: lobbying,
committees, the demographics of membership in the House and Senate, the
policy agenda for the new Congress, the relationship between the President
and Congress, and the exercise of leadership in Congress. You 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 you 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 give you new ideas, materials,
and a professionally enriching experience.

The workshop will be held August 5-8, 2001, on the campus of Bradley
University in Peoria, Illinois. Congress in the ClassroomŪ 2001 is free to
participants. All conference costs are underwritten by The Center, including
materials, lodging, and some meals. Each participant who completes the
workshop will receive $100 and will have the option of purchasing one hour
of graduate credit for the workshop from Bradley University.

The deadline for application is April 17, 2001. Enrollment is competitive
and limited to thirty-five. Selection will be determined by The Dirksen
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 ClassroomŪ 2001
workshop, you can complete an online registration form found at --
( If you have any questions
or want more information, call, write, or e-mail:

Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
301 S. Fourth Street, Suite A
Pekin, IL 61554-4219 USA
(309) 347-7113
(309) 347-6432 FAX
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