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Teacher workshop focuses on Supreme Court in conjunction with Constitution Day

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – In conjunction with Constitution Day, Sept. 17, Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a workshop to prepare teachers to observe the federal holiday in their classrooms.

     The workshop, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, is offered through the Teaching American History (TAH) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Southeastern, the Tangipahoa Parish School System, and other community partners.

     The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fayard Hall, room 101, and is open to all teachers with priority given to those who teach American and Louisiana history.

     Participants can earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLUs) and a $65 stipend for the workshop, said William Robison, head of Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science and TAH academic coordinator.

     Robison said the workshop will give teachers “innovative teaching methods and technical tricks” for observing Constitution Day, which annually honors the date in 1787 when the U.S. Constitution was signed. The workshop will feature presentations and panel discussions by Southeastern history and political science faculty.

     Presentations will include “The Supreme Court’s Foundation and Early History” by history professor Ronald Traylor; “The Supreme Court in Theory and Practice,” presented by political science professor Peter Petrakis; and “The Supreme Court and the First Amendment” by philosophy professor Barbara Forrest.

     During the afternoon session, Trappey will discuss “The Supreme Court and the Election in the Classroom,” focusing on the Court and the presidential election. She will be assisted by Tangipahoa teacher Angela Corkern, who participated in the TAH program’s 2008 summer institute and its trips to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas.

     Pre-registration is required. Participants can register by contacting Trappey at, (985) 748-2443 (phone) or (985) 748-2445 (fax).

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