|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: Christi Powers
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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Wisconsin teachers gather in Madison for civics training
State Bar hosts second annual "We
the People" Wisconin Summer Institute
MADISON, July 11, 2003 - Some 18
teachers from across the state will be at the State Bar of Wisconsin
in Madison next week for a comprehensive civic education workshop.
Back by popular demand, the second annual "We the People - The
Citizen and the Constitution" Wisconsin Summer Institute will be held
from July 13-20. Sponsored by the State Bar and the Wisconsin Law
Foundation, the training prepares teachers to implement the "We the
People" curriculum which was developed to increase student understanding
of America's constitutional democracy.
"This is a rigorous professional development program that offers
lectures and discussions on constitutional themes, classroom strategies
and performance assessment. The institute wraps up with a simulated
congressional hearing that will be reenacted by students during the
upcoming school year," said Dr. Greg Walsko, co-director of the
institute and a UW-LaCrosse professor.
"We the People" is a nationally acclaimed program that teaches civic
history and the principles of constitutional government. The program
focuses on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to help foster
civic competence and responsibility among elementary, middle and
secondary students. Directed by the Center for Civic Education and
funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program is taught in
both public and private schools.
Last year nearly 300 students from 9 Wisconsin schools participated
in the program consisting of textbook study, multiple choice testing and
a mock congressional hearing.
For more information on the Wisconsin Summer Institute and "We the
People -The Citizen and the Constitution," visit http://www.legalexplorer.com/education/education-people.asp
or contact Dee Runaas at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6191.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law
license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids
the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides
continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their
expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community
service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the
value of lawyers.