2007-03-23 / Community

Teacher's Summer/Fall Civic Program

The Taft Institute for Government is offering a new 2007 seminar on civic education for K-12 teachers to earn graduate school credits in Education/ Political Science at Queens College.

Teachers can earn three graduate credits in Education (SEYS) at the college, with refreshments, materials and books provided.

The seminar, which starts in late August and continues through the fall with evening classes, promotes greater knowledge, awareness and active participation in American politics through a combination of study, discussion, research and hands-on curriculum development.

This year's program focuses specifically on the 2008 elections for Mayor, Congress and President, providing teachers with instructional ideas and materials, an election simulation game and other activities. Another focus in the program is the current issues in American foreign policy, particularly the war in Iraq, using materials from the Brown University Choices Project. Guest speakers will include political leaders, academic scholars, award winning teachers, lobbyists and analysts.

The application deadline is June 30, 2007. Post-graduates from public, private and parochial schools are welcome. A $100 registration fee, made payable to the Taft Institute for Government, is required. For an application or more information, contact Professor Jack Zevin or Professor Michael Krasner, c/o Pat Glakeler, Administrative Assistant, at Queens College at 718-997-5546.

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