Application Deadline: Congress in the Classroom

All Day
on Friday, March 15, 2013
Congress in the Classroom is a national, award-winning education program developed and sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center, the workshop is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on teaching about Congress.
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. Thirty-five teachers will be selected to take part in the program.

Applications will be accepted through March 15. We expect to confirm selections by March 29.

The workshop will feature a variety of sessions related to the U.S. Congress. Presenters will emphasize ideas and resources that teachers can use almost immediately in their classrooms--examples include sessions about Internet sites, online historical resources, simulations, and best classroom practices.

Throughout the program, you will work with subject matter 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.

The 2013 workshop will begin Monday afternoon, July 29, and end at noon on Thursday, August 1. All sessions will take place at the headquarters hotel, Embassy Suites and Conference Center in East Peoria, IL.

The program is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education for up to 22 Continuing Education Units. The program also is endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies.

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 meals, and presenter honoraria and expenses. The Center spends between $40,000 and $45,000 to host the program each year.

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

If you are interested in learning more about the sessions and registering for the Congress in the Classroom 2013 workshop, you can complete an online registration form found here.