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STATE COORDINATORS

Back to School Program brochure coverLegislative leaders in each state appoint state legislative coordinators who are responsible for developing and implementing state specific plans for the America's Legislators Back to School Program.

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THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY GAME

Graphic: American Democracy GameThrough the American Democracy game, you can put yourself in the shoes of a lawmaker and find out what it is like to deal with public policy issues. This new online game, developed by NCSL's Trust for Representative Democracy, is designed for middle school students and includes teacher guides and information.

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PROGRAM MATERIALS

Your Ideas Count! Representative Democracy and You booklet coverNCSL makes available, free of charge, materials for high school, middle/junior high and elementary school students to be used by state legislators visiting classrooms. To request materials, please contact your state legislative coordinator or email btsp@ncsl.org.

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"THE CITIZEN"

The Citizen DVDAmerica's Legislators Back to School Program is pleased to present our newest video, "The Citizen"!  Join the Citizen in a journey to learn about our republic and the roles and responsibilities of citizens.

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OVERVIEW | AMERICA'S LEGISLATORS BACK TO SCHOOL

Slated to "kick off" the third week of every September and run throughout the school year, the America's Legislators Back to School Program gives elected officials in all 50 states the opportunity to meet personally with their young constituents and to answer questions, share ideas, listen to concerns and impart a greater understanding of the legislative processes necessary for developing effective public policy and engaged citizens. 

Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the program is designed to teach young people--the nation's future voters and leaders--what it's like to be a state legislator: the processes, the pressures, and the debate, negotiation and compromise that are the very fabric of representative democracy. The program is emphasized as a bipartisan event. Legislators of both political parties are urged to participate in this national event and help bring civics to life for young people.

 

SENATORS VISIT VIRGINIA SCHOOLS

President Pro Tempore, Walter A. Stosch met with 5th graders in his district and Senator John Edwards visited an elementary school in Blacksburg after receiving an invitation to come to speak to the class.

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WEBSITES FOR KIDS

Many states host informative and interactive sites. Visit the database for links to the State Kids' Pages. The visually dynamic Democracy Kids website presents information on Congress and state legislatures through a variety of interactive games and other activities.
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