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Southeastern Teaching American History Workshop to explore Bill of Rights

Contact: Elise Doster


     HAMMOND-- ­In honor of Constitution Day, Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a “Bill of Rights” workshop for area social studies teachers.
     The workshop, scheduled Sept. 19 at Southeastern’s Fayard Hall, is funded through the U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) grant awarded to the Tangipahoa Parish School District in partnership with Southeastern.
     The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fayard Hall Rm. 101, located at 1205 North Oak St. in Hammond. The sessions will provide K-12 social studies teachers with Bill of Rights knowledge, lesson plan ideas and will provide an opportunity for attendees to share teaching strategies.
     Participating teachers will earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLU’s) and a $65 stipend. Priority will be given to social studies teachers.
     Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, said the workshop is the third in a series on the U.S. Constitution offered each year in September under the auspices of the TAH Grant.
     “The workshop will examine three of the most important and controversial Amendments ­ the First, the Second, and the Fourth Amendments ­ and give school teachers the tools for discussing these in a constructive manner with their students,” Robison said.
     The workshop will feature five sessions:
     “The English Bill of Rights and the American Colonies,” 8:15-9:30 a.m.; presented by Robison.
     ­“The First Amendment,” 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy.
     ­“The Second Amendment,” 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.; Harry Laver, associate professor and graduate coordinator of the Department of History and Political Science.
     ­“The Fourth Amendment,” 12:45-2 p.m.; Peter Patrakis, associate professor of political science.
     ­“The Bill of Secret Teacher Tricks,” 2-3 p.m.; TAH Director Ann Trappey, and associates.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
     Trappey said the workshop sessions will allow social studies teachers to learn new information about the Bill of Rights and new hands-on activities to help students prepare for the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) test.
     “Students from the fourth grade and up usually have a Bill of Rights portion on their LEAP test,” Trappey said. “We want social studies teachers to ask questions and discuss new teaching ideas so they can better prepare their students.”
     To register for the workshop or for more information on the TAH Grant, contact Trappey at, 985-748-2443 (phone) or 985-748-2445 (fax).

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