|Capitol Forum on America's Future|
Using interactive simulations and other materials developed by the Choices for the 21st Century Education Project based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, participants will explore a range of viewpoints on U.S. foreign policy and consider related issues including the global economy, the environment, immigration, and the U.S. role in conflict. Public officials will be present to listen to their views, answer questions, and discuss issues of policy with participants.
The program culminates in a balloting process that will involve students who attended the Capitol Forum as well as classmates at participating schools. The results of these ballots will be developed into a report that will be shared with elected public officials, the news media, and high schools in participating states.
Certification renewal credit is available for all participating teachers.
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Fall Workshop: A professional development work-shop introduces participating teachers to methods and materials for engaging students in rigorous classroom debate on current and historical international issues. Led by a local teacher who has extensive experience with and training in the Choices methodology, the Fall Workshop will include:
Winter Workshop: Teachers will discuss their class-room experiences using the teaching approaches and resources presented at the Fall Workshop. In addition, several resource people will lead sessions on the four global issues (environment, immigration, trade, and the U.S. role in conflict) that are the focus of the first half of the Capitol Forum. Teachers will also discuss a one- to two-day lesson they will be expected to complete in the weeks prior to the Forum. This lesson will introduce students to a Four Futures framework that focuses on potential directions for U.S. foreign policy. This framework will be the focus of the second half of the Capitol Forum, the post-Forum lesson plan and the Student Ballot on Americas Future. Forum preparation also includes:
The ballot report will also be shared with state officials, the news media, and all high schools in participating states, giving a public voice to the students vision for Americas future.
What Students Say About the Capitol Forum
"This was an awesome experience. There were so many students with different thoughts and views."
"It allowed me to see how to look at situations, make a decision on what I think and be ready to defend my decision."
"The forum has made me more aware of the process of constructing foreign policy. I will be less cavalier in my attitudes toward voting."
"Im much more likely to stay involved because I feel as if I have a voice."
North Carolina Forum Calendar
Choices for the 21st Century, a program of the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University, is a multifaceted educational program that seeks to engage the American public-student and adult-in consideration of international issues and strengthen the quality of public life in the United States.
The Choices approach to classroom learning places special emphasis on the importance of educat-ing students in their participatory role as citizens. Today teachers in more than 4,500 schools nationwide are using Choices curricular materials in their class-rooms with approximately 700,000 students annually. Choices public programs engage general audiences in deliberation on our changing international role and the implications for domestic policy, and increase public participation in the democratic process. For more information, visit the Choices web site.
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