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    News Release July 2003: Wisconsin teachers gather in Madison for civics training

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
    org cpowers wisbar wisbar cpowers org

    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 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.