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What is We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution?
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a nationally acclaimed program focusing on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights for upper elementary, middle, and high school students.
 
The We the People curriculum not only enhances students' understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy, it also helps them to identify the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Critical thinking exercises, problem-solving activities, and cooperative learning techniques help develop participatory skills necessary for students to become active, responsible citizens.
 
The program's culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing wherein students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge while they evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. The hearings, whether competitive or noncompetitive, provide the classroom teacher with an excellent means of motivating and assessing student performance.
 
The results of a nationwide research study affirmed that students in history, social studies, civics, and government courses using the We the People curriculum display significantly greater "political tolerance" and commitment to principles and values of the Constitution and Bill of Rights than do students using traditional textbooks and approaches.
 
The We the People curriculum is aligned with the National Standards for Civics and Government and correlates with the social studies standards of many states.
 
Who created the curriculum and where are they?
The Center for Civic Education (CCE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.
The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; American political traditions and institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
 
Today, the Center administers a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, professional development, and community-based programs. The principal goals of the Center's programs are to help students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as effective and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict.
 
The Center's headquarters are in Calabasas, California, with an office in Washington, D.C. Since its origin in 1969, Center materials have been used in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the trust territories, and in the following regions: Africa; East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific; Eastern and Central Europe; Eurasia; Latin America and the Caribbean; the Near East; Southeastern Europe; and Western Europe.
 
The Center for Civic Education's website can be found at www.civiced.org.
 
The trainings are free and the curriculum is free. Where do the funds come from?
Each state receives funds direct from the Center for Civic Education (CCE), CCE receives federal funds from the US Department of Education.  CCE takes these funds and divides the funding for all of the CCE programs and then the funding for each program is divided up for each state based on its congressional district size. In turn, the trainings and materials are made available to the schools and teachers at no cost.  While the CCE supports the professional developments and the mock congressional hearing competition, the SC Bar Foundation supports the marketing of the program as well as assists the state winning team financially to participate in the national competition.
 
What do teachers like most about the curriculum?
Teachers that have implemented the program were surveyed on what they liked most about the curriculum.  Teachers indicated that they like the depth of understanding that it provides on the foundations of government and their impact on history is said to be profound. This program enables students to weave different eras of history together due to the clarity of the curriculum. The information is presented in a simple way, so that students of all abilities can take something from it.  Teachers found that the information is very interesting and to the point. Teachers likes that the chapters tended to be short and they had good questions that required thought, analysis and application. Teachers liked being able to incorporate engaging activities from the curriculum and they liked that the activities were easily correlated to the state standards.
 
"Nothing I have ever done, no curriculum that I have used, and no program of motivation that I have tried has been as effective in as many aspects of civic education as the We the People Program."  - Teacher
 
What do students like most about the curriculum?
Students enjoy the open dialog.  They like that not only are they learning a lot of material, but they can discuss it, and apply it to their lives today. Some quotes from students that participated in the program are as follows:  

 "After competing in We the People in high school, I was sad that it was all over. But when I realized that I could still be involved with the program as an alumna, I was more than happy to help out. Because I gained so much through my involvement as a student, I didn't want to let it go. That is why it is so rewarding to know that I can help give other students the same opportunity to participate." - Alumna
 
"I'm going to become more politically active. I'm sure I'll be one of the main people trying to get others to vote, and I'll be voting in every election myself, and I'll be voicing my opinion and attending rallies and writing my congressman." - Student
 
"My participation in the We the People program in high school helped convince me that I wanted to go to law school and become an attorney. I found that I enjoyed studying Constitutional Law and the history of the Constitution. The mock congressional hearings during the district and state competitions provided me the opportunity to develop public speaking skills and learn how to handle scrutiny under pressure." - Thad Westbrook, SC Bar LRE Committee Member and Attorney with Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough

What classes can the curriculum be taught in?
We the People can be taught in U.S. History, American Government, Government and Economics, American Government and Social Studies.
 
What costs are associated with implementing this program?
The set of curriculum, the teachers' guide and the test bank are all free.  The curriculum is taught in the traditional classroom setting, so there are no additional costs with implementation. A school could potentially incur travel costs when traveling to the state mock congressional hearing competition as it is located in Columbia.

What does a state coordinator do? 
The state coordinator is responsible for all financial reports, the budget, the expenses, the professional development training schedule, conducting trainings, promoting the program at venues such as conferences for awareness, recruiting congressional district coordinators, training congressional district coordinators, working with the congressional district coordinators, hosting the state mock congressional hearing competition, continuing personal professional development by attending the conferences, making legislative contacts, documenting all activities and ensuring the overall success of the program in the state coordinator's respective state.
 
Who is the state coordinator for South Carolina?
South Carolina has two co-state coordinators and they are Cynthia H. Cothran and Nic Beza. They can be reached at (803) 252-5139 or by e-mail at ccothran@scbar.org or nbeza@scbar.org.
 
What is a congressional district coordinator?
The congressional district coordinators are determined by the state coordinator.  The congressional district coordinator can be a teacher experienced in We the People or someone that has expressed a great interest in the program.  The congressional district coordinator can be a retired or active teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal or professor. Easily this role is quite flexible and is determined by the state coordinator.
 
How does a teacher know which congressional district there school falls under?
Teachers can access the following link and type in their school's zip code to determine their congressional district.  http://fastfacts.census.gov/servlet/CWSFacts?geo_id=04000US45&_sse=on/
 
What does a congressional district coordinator do?
Congressional district coordinators assist teachers that have questions when implementing the curriculum in their classrooms. Congressional district coordinators can be contacted via phone and/or e-mail.  A list of the congressional district coordinators and their contact information is as follows:

First Congressional District
Charleston, Georgetown and Horry Counties

 

Georgia Holley
Scholars Academy - Coastal Carolina University
9602 Kings Grant Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843-283-6621
gholley@do.hcs.k12.sc.us

Second Congressional District
Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter Counties

 

Sara Wheeler
Director, Project ImPACT
Richland School District Two
7500 Brookfield Road
Columbia, SC 29223
803-699-2800 ext. 2814
swheeler@rnh.richland2.org

Third Congressional District
Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda Counties

 

Stephen Cianciolo
T.L. Hanna High School
2600 Highway 81 N
Anderson, SC 29621-2509
864-260-5110
stephencianciolo@anderson5.net
 

Fourth Congressional District
Greenville, Spartanburg and Union Counties

 

Joe Pitts
Converse College
580 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29322
864-596-9306
joseph.pitts@converse.edu

Fifth Congressional District
Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington,  Dillon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee,  Newberry and York Counties

 

Jody Ortmann
2945 Hermitage Drive
Sumter, SC 29150-6007
803-968-3779
ortmannj@sumter17.k12.sc.us
 

Sixth Congressional District
Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Florence, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties

 
 

Yvonne Rhodes
516 Anderson Farm Road
Florence, SC 29501
843-617-6633
yrhodes@fsd1.org

 
What are professional developments?
Professional developments vary in their appearance. They can be seen as in-service opportunities including, but not limited to, department meetings, conference presentations, day-long workshops, and study groups. Professional developments are provided for teachers that are interested in implementing We the People. Professional developments can vary in times from one day, two days, three days or even a week-long institute.  The length of time dedicated for a professional development can vary based on the schedule of the state coordinator, the audience the professional development is intended for, the size of the audience, space constraints, time of year, etc.  If the time is shorter than four hours, the time is definitely used more as a marketing tool with a more extensive professional development offered at a later date.
 
Can a school district or a school request on-site professional development trainings?
Not only can on-site professional development trainings take place on site for a group of teachers, but it is at no charge.
 
Do teachers receive credit for professional development?
The South Carolina Bar's Law Related Education Division provides attendees with certificates that indicate the number of instructional hours received as each school district handles professional development differently. 
 
Where are professional developments held?
Professional developments take place at varying locations in Columbia as Columbia serves as a nice mid-point for those traveling throughout the state. (Complimentary lodging is available to attendees traveling outside of a 40-mile radius when the training is two days or more.)
 
When are professional developments held?
Professional developments are held year round. The SC Bar Law Related Education Division announces trainings held year round via the teacher list serv as well as mail training catalogs to teachers annually.
 
How do you promote a professional development training?
A professional development training is promoted via mass mailings to all public and private schools statewide.  In addition to mass mailings, professional developments are promoted on e-mail listservs. 
 
How does a teacher sign up to be on the list serv to receive training announcements?
Teachers can e-mail lre@scbar.org and ask to be added to the teacher list serv. The teacher list serv not only announces upcoming trainings, but announces grants, provides lesson plans, and much more.
 
Is there a registration fee to attend a professional development?
There is no registration fee to attend a professional development.
 
Does the SC Bar cover expenses for substitutes?
The SC Bar does reimburse the school when a teacher attends a professional development training. Should reimbursement for the substitute be requested, the attending teacher brings an invoice with them to the professional training to submit for reimbursement.
 
What do attendees receive at a professional development training?
Training attendees receive hands-on resources including a complimentary sample of the curriculum and valuable information to take back to their classroom for implementation. They not only learn instructional information, but usually have in-classroom experiences in working through sample lessons, learning from experienced teaches that have implemented the curriculum, and participating in a simulated mock congressional hearing.  An attendee that travels more than a 40-mile radius receives complimentary lodging for professional developments that are two or more days. All attendees receive a complimentary lunch each day.  Upon completion of the training registration form provided at the training, all attendee receives a free classroom set of 30 textbooks, a teacher's guide, a test bank and additional resources direct from the Center for Civic Education (CCE) mailed to their school's physical address.

Are there summer institutes on We the People?
There are summer institutes provided regionally throughout the nation on We the People. Typically, the Institutes are broken down into an Institute for elementary, another for middle school and another for high school.  Like the statewide professional developments, the summer institutes are free with lodging, meals, materials, travel, and an abundance of training materials in addition to the free classroom set of materials.
 
"This was the most rewarding, personally fulfilling professional development experience I've had in my fifteen years of teaching. In terms of content, organization, and the quality of the facilitators, the expression professional must be emphasized. There was just the right balance throughout the week between academic rigor and relaxation."  -Institute Participant
 
Who can attend summer institutes?
Individuals that attend summer institutes are teachers that are teaching in the classroom.

How is the curriculum distributed?
Teachers that attend professional development automatically receive a complimentary set of thirty textbooks that are either distributed on-site at the training or shipped directly from the Center for Civic Education.
 
How long does it take to receive a classroom set of textbooks?
If the curriculum is shipped from the Center for Civic Education (located in California), it typically takes six to eight weeks.
 
What levels are available in the curriculum?
The curriculum is available for elementary (suggested grades 4-6), middle (suggested grades (7-9) and high school (suggested grades (10-12).
 
How much is the curriculum?
The We the People curriculum classroom sets are FREE.
 
Is there a teachers' edition to compliment the student textbook?
Not only is there a teachers' edition to compliment the student textbook, but the teachers' guide includes additional narrative, worksheets, tests and activities.
 
Can teachers get a replacement set of curriculum with each new school year?
Teacher can get a replacement set of curriculum with each new school year.
 
Do tests come with the free set of curriculum?
The Center provides a multiple-choice test that teachers may use to evaluate students' knowledge acquisition. The test may help teachers assess the readiness of students if they plan to participate in the state competition.
 
How does a training attendee receive a classroom set of textbooks?
An attendee receives a classroom set of textbooks by completing the textbook registration form at the professional development training.  The state coordinators submit the textbook registration form to the Center for Civic Education and the request is processed. 
 
Can a teacher receive a classroom set if they are not teaching in the classroom?
A teacher can receive a sample textbook at the professional development training, but not a full classroom set of 30 textbooks. The Center for Civic Education really wants these textbooks in classrooms.
 
If a teacher teaches multiple classes of We the People, can they get more than one set of the curriculum?
Teachers needing more than one set of the We the People curriculum would need to consult with the state coordinators as a request for additional sets of materials is considered on a case by case basis.
 
Can the curriculum be taught in a block schedule?
The vast majority of the teachers surveyed that implement the curriculum typically implement the curriculum in a block schedule.
 
Is the curriculum used as a stand alone text or as a companion text?
Private schools tend to use the curriculum as a stand alone textbook and public schools tend to use the curriculum as a companion textbook.
 
Are there activities in the curriculum to use in the classroom?
Each level of the curriculum not only provides activities after each chapter, but discussion topics and other option to increase the learning and application.
 
Do the textbooks come in different languages other than English?
The textbook only comes in English.
 
How long does it take for an attendee to receive their set of classroom textbooks?
On average, it takes about six to seven weeks to receive the set of classroom textbooks. (If attendees attend professional development trainings during the summer, the Center for Civic Education will work to time the shipment of the textbooks with the opening back of the schools.)
 
Can a teacher purchase a classroom set of textbooks?
Additional textbooks can be purchased through the Center for Civic Education. Their website can be found at www.civiced.org.
 

Elementary School Level (suggested grades 4-6)
  Classroom Set of 30 with a teacher's guide: $265.00
  Individual Student Copy (soft cover): $11.50
  Individual Teacher Copy (soft cover): $16.00

Middle School Level (suggested grades 7-9)
  Classroom Set of 30 with a teacher's guide: $320.00
  Individual Student Copy (soft cover): $13.00
  Individual Teacher Copy (soft Cover): $18.50
 
High School Level (suggested grades 10-12)
  Classroom Set of 30 with a teacher's guide: $375.00
  Individual Student Copy (soft cover): $16.00
  Individual Teacher Copy (soft cover): $13.00
**  Prices subject to change with new high school edition anticipated May 2008.
 
Can a teacher receive a classroom set of textbooks without attending a training?
Teachers can only receive a classroom set of textbooks without attending a training if they are requesting a replacement set of textbooks.  Teachers are required to attend a training in order to adequately and efficiently use the materials without proper foundation and education on the program.
 
If a teacher changes schools, do the textbooks stay at the school or go with the teacher?
If the teacher changes schools, the textbooks go with the teacher. The teacher is the one who received the training, so the textbooks belong to the teacher.
 
What if a teacher changes states, can they still do We the People?
If a teachers changes states, We the People is in every state.
 
Is the curriculum at all the levels correlated to the state standards?
Each level of the curriculum is correlated to the state standards. Copies of the correlations are distributed at professional development trainings and they are also available on the website under the program information found under the We the People program section at http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/law_related_education/wtp/.
 
Why would a teacher want the curriculum correlated to the standards?
A teacher would want the curriculum correlated, because sometimes a teacher has a difficult time bringing a new curriculum into the classroom. Principals and school districts require that teachers teach specific standards throughout the school year. If a teacher can show that We the People teaches the required standards, the more likely the program can be implemented in that school.
 
Is the curriculum at all the levels correlated to the state standards?
Each level of the curriculum is correlated to the state standards. Copies of the correlations are distributed at professional development trainings and they are also available on the website under the program information found under the We the People program section at http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/law_related_education/wtp/.
 
Why would a teacher want the curriculum correlated to the standards?
A teacher would want the curriculum correlated, because sometimes a teacher has a difficult time bringing a new curriculum into the classroom. Principals and school districts require that teachers teach specific standards throughout the school year. If a teacher can show that We the People teaches the required standards, the more likely the program can be implemented in that school.
 
Can a teacher meet the state standards and still use this curriculum?
The We the People curriculum can be taught in the classroom and state standards will still be met. The correlations provided at each level of the curriculum is broken down by chapter for easy understanding.
 
What is a mock congressional hearing?
The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
Participants hold a simulated congressional hearing as the culminating activity for the We the People program. The entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepares and presents statements before a panel of community representatives who act as congressional committee members. Students then answer questions posed by the committee members. The question and answer format provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing teachers with an excellent means of assessing performance.
 
Elementary and middle school level classes may conduct noncompetitive hearings in front of a classroom or auditorium-size audience with community members acting as judges.
 
Teachers at the high school level may conduct a noncompetitive hearing, but are encouraged to participate in the nationwide competitive program. High school competition begins at the congressional district level with teams from each school vying for the district championship. District winners go on to compete at a statewide hearing, and state champions travel to Washington, D.C., in the spring to represent their state in the We the People national finals.
 
What does a mock congressional hearing at a statewide competition look like?
The day starts with registration, a ceremonial opening, one round in the morning, a catered lunch, a second round in the afternoon, and the awards ceremony.
 
How is the mock congressional hearing judged?
A showcase is judged by inviting community members that consist of attorneys, judges, professors and citizens that have a passion for the Constitution.
 
Who qualifies to enter a mock congressional hearing?
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is intended for all students. High schools with classes competing in the We the People simulated congressional hearings must comply with the following rules:
 

1.  For purposes of the competition a "class" must
     *#160;be constituted according to the school's normal policies and procedures for student admittance to a class;
     *#160;be designated on the school's master program (schedule of class offerings) as a required or elective class;
     *#160;be in session during the regular hours of the school day;
     *#160;have all enrollees entered in the teacher's record book;
     *#160;provide graduation credit(s) to students for satisfactory course completion.

2. In addition to meeting during regularly scheduled class periods, students are permitted to meet for extended study and preparation for simulated congressional hearings. If a class ends before the scheduled dates for state and national competitions it is understood that preparation for the competition will take place after the class has ended.
 
3. Students who have previously participated in the high school competitive option at the state or national level will not be allowed to compete in the oral presentation or questioning at any subsequent competitions. However, students who are rostered in a class participating in the competition and who have previously competed may attend hearings as teaching assistants and/or spectators. Students who have participated in elementary and or middle school hearings are eligible to participate in the high school competition.
 
4. Teachers agree to teach the entire six units of the curriculum.
 
5.  Each class must be divided into six groups and each group will be responsible for "testifying" on their assigned unit of the text. Each group must have at least three members and the number of students in each group should be as equal as possible. No student may be in more than one group unless a class has fewer than 18 students.
 
6.  When a class has fewer than 18 students, teachers may allow some students to participate in two groups but not more than two. The number of students allowed to participate in more than one group is determined by the total number of students in the class.
 
7.  Two high school classes may be combined in order to participate in the competition if the total number of students in the combined class does not exceed 35 students.
 
How do schools who cannot travel to a showcase still participate?
Sometimes if a school cannot travel to a showcase, the state coordinator may be able to assist with the transportation depending on available funds at the time.  Schools that also plan on participating in the state competition and know of the participation the prior school year could apply for a school grant to assist with travel costs. School grant applications are released February 1st of each year.
 
Are there regional mock congressional hearing competitions or only a state competition?
The South Carolina Bar's Law Related Education Division currently only conducts state competitions.  Should one of the six congressional districts express a need for a regional competition, the request will be considered.
 
Can a school use the curriculum and not participate in a mock congressional hearing competition?
Schools are welcome to use the curriculum and not participate in a mock congressional hearing competition. However, even though the students are not participating in a formal congressional hearing competition it is strongly encouraged that at least an in-school mock congressional hearing be held as their culminating activity.  The students need this culminating activity as not only a reflection opportunity to showcase their learning, but this activity takes to them the next level of thinking, speaking and self-confidence.
 
What grades participate in the mock congressional hearing competition?
Right now the state mock congressional hearing competition is designed for high school grades. If enough middle schools express interest in having a state mock congressional hearing competition, a second competition will be added.
 
Where and when is the statewide mock congressional hearing competition held?
The statewide mock congressional hearing competition is held mid-January of each year on a school day in the Columbia area.
 
How and when does a school apply to participate in the mock congressional hearing competition?
All high school teachers that have attended a We the People training will receive an announcement in the mail and electronically about the statewide mock congressional hearing competition about mid-October of each year.
 
What does the teacher and class do to prepare for participation in the mock congressional hearing competition?
Each teacher determines how best to allocate class time, based upon the program selected and abilities of students.  The plan outlined below has worked well with freshmen enrolled in a semester government course engaging in the state competition.  Senior high students and AP students will advance at a faster pace.  The following is a sample plan of instruction:
    
Tentative schedule, Jefferson High School
 
To the students:  The following lessons are to be read by the weeks listed below.  You should assume some type of check to assess your comprehension of the material.  The check may be in the form of a short answer quiz, vocabulary match or oral questioning by the teacher.  Each check will be assessed on the week listed below and will be worth approximately 25 points.
 
Monday, Week #1 Lessons 1-2
Monday, Week #2 Lessons 3-4  
Monday, Week #3 Lessons 5-6,7
Monday, Week #4 Lessons 8-9
Monday, Week #5 Lessons 10,11,12
Monday, Week #6 Lessons 13,14,15
Monday, Week #7 Lessons 16-17
Monday, Week #8 Lessons 18.19,20
Monday, Week #9 Lessons 21-22
Monday, Week #10 Lessons 23,24,25
Monday, Week #11 Lessons 26,27,28
Monday, Week #12 Lessons 29, 30, 31
Monday, Week #13 Lessons 32,33,34,35
Monday, Week #14 Lessons 36,37,38,39
 
Contest questions will be assigned by the 12th week, and will be due: Question one-Friday of week #15, Question two-Friday of week #16 and Question three-Friday of week #17.
 
The month of January will be spent revising and practicing for the state competition.
 
Is there a national mock congressional hearing competition?
More than 1,200 high school students and their teachers participate annually in the We the People national finals. While in Washington, students also have an opportunity to visit historic sites and meet with members of Congress and other dignitaries.
 
How does a school advance to a national showcase?
A school advances to a national showcase held in Washington DC by winning the state competition.  The team receives a new set of questions prepared for the national competition in mid-February from the state coordinator.
 
Is there any financial assistance available for the team that advances to the national competition?
There is financial assistance available for the team that advances to the national competition.  The SC Bar Law Related Education Division has an additional grant through the SC Bar Foundation.  In this grant, $16,000 is allocated to help send the team to the national competition.  Depending on the size of the team and the travel rates for that year, the school might need to raise around $4,000.
 
How do I find the legislative contacts for my state?
To find legislative contacts for any state, there is a wonderful book that the Center for Civic Education provides state coordinators titled, "111th Congress" for 2008. (The number in the title changes by one with each new year.)  This is a thorough book with every member of Congress, contact information, parties, committee information and contact numbers for district offices.  If someone does not have this book, all of the information is available on-line at http://fpc.state.gov
 
What is America's Legislators Back to School Week?
"Your ideas Count" is the message lawmakers will bring to students across the country when they visit classrooms during the America's Legislators Back to School Program.  The event kicks off the third week of September and runs throughout the school year.  It's a great opportunity to meet with young constituents and answer questions, share ideas, listen to concerns, and to impart a greater understanding of the legislative process necessary for developing effective public policy and engaged citizens.  This program is sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and is designed to teach young people "the nation's future voters and leaders"what it's like to be a state legislator:  the processes, the pressures, and the debate, negotiation and compromise that are the very fabric of American democracy.  School principals, teachers and students have given state legislators an "A" for bringing civics to life for young people during the event. It is easy to get involved to begin sharing ideas with America's youth.  Contact your state legislative coordinator, Clara Heinsohn at ch2@scsenate.org.  NCSL can also be contacted for marketing and resource materials that are available to legislators, schools teacher and the media via their website at www.ncsl.org/public/backsch.htm
 

Materials include:

 

     • Talking points about legislators' roles and the legislative process.

 

     • Age-appropriate material for student activities.

 

     • Follow-up lesson plans for the teacher's classroom use.

 

     • Your Ideas Count! Booklet and video.

 

     • Time for Kids and in Time special editions for students.