Empowering & Engaging ALL students through Simulated Congressional Hearings Center for Civic Education http://new.civiced.org/programs/wtp Howard County’s

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  • Empowering & Engaging ALL students through Simulated Congressional HearingsCenter for Civic Educationhttp://new.civiced.org/programs/wtp Howard Countys SCH Websitehttp://sch.hcpss.org

  • Common Core

  • Howard County Simulated Congressional Hearing (SCH)Judge Training

  • Constitutional ExpertsConstitutional Committee (judges)

  • 5 Units of StudyWhat basic ideas about government did the founders have? How did the framers write our constitution?How does the constitution organize our government?How does the constitution protect our basic rights?What are the responsibilities of citizens?

  • Why Conduct a SCH? Performance Based Assessment Engages and Motivates Rigorous and Challenging Builds Disciplinary Literacy Encourages Community Involvement Authentic Examples Positive Experience/Memory

  • Who Participates? ALL 5th Graders Various other grades throughout the schoolPerform in opening/closing ceremoniesMake flagsMake decorationsServe as guides

  • What is the Schedule for the Day of the SCH?Judges TrainingOpening CeremonyHearings in Classrooms4 minute prepared speech6 minute follow-up questionsLunchRoundtable Discussions Between Judges & StudentsClosing Ceremony

    Clark

    Dimattia

    Keefover

    Kirwan

    Lawson

    10:00-10:45

    Opening Ceremony [Cafeteria]

    11:00-11:20

    Unit 1

    Unit 2

    Unit 3

    Unit 4

    Unit 5

    11:25-11:45

    Unit 2

    Unit 3

    Unit 4

    Unit 5

    Unit 1

    11:50-12:10

    Unit 3

    Unit 4

    Unit 5

    Unit 1

    Unit 2

    12:15-12:35

    Unit 4

    Unit 5

    Unit 1

    Unit 2

    Unit 3

    12:40-1:00

    Unit 5

    Unit 1

    Unit 2

    Unit 3

    Unit 4

    1:00-1:30

    Lunch

    1:30-2:00

    Roundtable Discussion between Judges & Students

    2:05-2:50

    Closing Ceremony/ Celebration [Cafeteria]

  • When Does This Occur?Content is taught throughout school year- (direct correlation to our curriculum) Preparations for hearing- approx. 10 days before the SCH Day SCH Day is in late May or June

  • Community Involvement SCH Coaches Parents & Family Members Community Members Older Students Guest Speakers Judges Volunteer Committees Observers and Cheerleaders

  • Acknowledge Student AchievementGold, silver, bronze medalsPositive judge commentsCertificates of Achievement

  • We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution textbooks Exemplar Lessons Professional DevelopmentPedagogyContent AssistancePlanning- timelines & resourcesImplementation

  • CommunicationStaff and CommunityWebsites: County; Wiki Recruiting Judges Cadre of Mentors Financial SupportImplementation

  • Questions?Feel free to contact us:

    Kimberly Loisel(410) 313-5678Kimberly_Loisel@hcpss.orgCoordinator, Elementary Social StudiesHoward County Public School System

    Michelle Ranker(410) 313-6642Michelle_Ranker@hcpss.orgResource Teacher, Elementary Social StudiesHoward County Public School System

    *Welcome everyone.

    Introduce all the presenters and tell them you are about to tell them about an exciting opportunity*Play first 2-3 minutes?Authentic-Members of Congress make laws, in order to do this they need to gather information to make good decisions about the laws. One way they get information is through congressional hearings. They ask experts to answer important questions about proposed laws

    **Be sure to emphasize that ALL students regardless of reading level, English speaking ability, or special needs will participate to the fullest extent that they are able. We modify the program the same way we modify day-to-day classwork but hold all students to a high level of expectation

    When discussing how other grades MAY choose to participate. Emphasize that these are just examples of how other schools have incorporated the entire school to get everyone excited. However, each school can make the event as large or small as they like. This program is designed to be tailored to the needs and personality of each school community.

    THESE CAN BE CHANGED**Be sure to emphasize that ALL students regardless of reading level, English speaking ability, or special needs will participate to the fullest extent that they are able. We modify the program the same way we modify day-to-day classwork but hold all students to a high level of expectation

    When discussing how other grades MAY choose to participate. Emphasize that these are just examples of how other schools have incorporated the entire school to get everyone excited. However, each school can make the event as large or small as they like. This program is designed to be tailored to the needs and personality of each school community.*This is full day event- specific times will be determined later*The four S.S. units (Colonial America, American Revolution, Building A New Nation, We the People) are all taught throughout the year. This is a performance based assessment of all these units.

    Many of the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will also be taught and utilized through this process.

    Approximately 10 days before the hearing, many schools use about 1-2 hours of their day to prepare for the hearings.

    The final date will be posted and sent home as soon as it is determined.*SCH Coaches Write speeches Discuss current events Listening/speaking skills

    DecorationsFoodAppreciationEvent Volunteer (set-up/clean-up)

    ****If there are any questions that you are not sure of the answer, write down the question and the contact info for whoever asked the question. Then contact me and I will be happy to provide you with a response.