America's Legislators Back to School Program

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Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the America's Legislators Back to School 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. It's a great opportunity for state legislators to meet with young constituents in classrooms and 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.

It's easy to participate and share ideas with America's youth. Legislative leaders in each state appoint state legislative coordinators who are responsible for developing and implementing state specific plans. To schedule a visit from a legislator in your district,  contact your state legislative coordinatorGeneral information and resource materials available for the program are listed below.


 Please note: classroom materials are made available when a visit has been scheduled. Please contact your state legislative coordinator regarding material requests.

General Information

State Curriculum Standards
How to Get Involved and Other Frequently Asked Questions
State Legislative Coordinators Roster
Partner Organizations
Media Promotion Strategies
BTSP Public Service Announcement (video)
Evaluation Forms

Resource Materials

Classroom Materials (publications and videos)
Online Lesson Plans (high, middle and elementary school)
Online Teaching Democracy Lesson Plans (for high school teachers of civics, government, and U.S. history)
Legislative Appropriations Committee Simulation (middle and high school)
Program Message and Activity Suggestions for Legislators


For more information on the America's Legislators Back to School Program, please email, or call (303) 364-7700.
Updated 1/20/09


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