Thursday, September 27, 2007

Congress in the Classroom - Press Release

This month marks the official debut of The Dirksen Congressional Center's new online version of Congress in the Classroom -- -- an award-winning course for teachers.

Do you teach social studies, American government, American history, or civics? Are your lessons about the U.S. Congress out of date? Is it hard to engage your students in learning about the House and Senate? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Congress in the Classroom Online is the course for you!

Congress in the Classroom Online will help you understand today's Congress and suggest ways to teach about it. The self-paced online course is organized around the twin responsibilities of Congress members: representation and lawmaking. There are more than a dozen individual units on such topics as "What Makes for Effective Members of Congress?" "How Representative is the Membership of Congress?" and "Lawmaking: Understanding the Basics." All the information you need to complete the course is available with just a few mouse clicks.

This improved version of Congress in the Classroom Online uses a more interactive approach, featuring many options to engage you (and theinstructor) in the course materials.

We welcome your participation! Take a look --


Cindy Koeppel
The Dirksen Congressional Center
2815 Broadway
Pekin, IL 61554

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