MT Teachers Institute on Representative Democracy & Legislative Process

Monday, March 1, 2010, 10:15 am
Dear Superintendents,


The Office of Public Instruction would like to acquaint you and your staff with a unique professional development opportunity that will be offered this summer. The first-ever Montana Teachers Institute on Representative Democracy and the Legislative Process will take place at the State Capitol June 14-16. Teachers of social studies, government, civics, and history are encouraged to apply. A limit of 25 teachers will be accepted, and the application deadline is April 10.


This event is sponsored by the Montana Legislative Council, Montana Secretary of State's Office, Project Citizen, the Alliance for Teaching Representative Democracy in America, and the National Conference of State Legislatures' Trust for Representative Democracy. Participants will interact with legislators and legislative staff and take part in a mock committee hearing. They also will get hands-on training in the Project Citizen and Teaching Representative Democracy in America programs and learn how to incorporate them into the classroom. Curriculum guides, lesson plans, and instructional materials will be provided.

Dr. Alan Rosenthal, professor of public policy at Rutgers University, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Continuing education credits will be offered.

More information, including an application form, is available online at or from the Legislative Information Office at 444-2957 or

We hope you'll share this information with appropriate staff in your district!


For more information, contact Gayle Shirley, (406) 444-2957