Directory of Civic Education Programs in Colorado

Legislators Back to School Program
Staff Development
Special Student Event
Lesson plans, booklets, and videos. No. Classroom visits by state legislators.

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America’s Legislators Back to School Program, part of NCSL’s Trust for Representative Democracy, encourages state legislators to meet personally with young constituents and to answer questions, share ideas, listen to concerns, and impart a greater understanding of the legislative process. The event is designed to teach young people—the nation's future voters and leaders—what it’s like to serve as an elected official: the processes, the pressures, and the debate, negotiation, and compromise that are the very fabric of representative democracy.

NCSL offers its series of Your Ideas Count! materials to legislators for use in the classroom. These colorful booklets for elementary, middle, and high school students explain that disagreement is a natural part of the legislative process; that debate, negotiation, and compromise are necessary; and that students’ chances of being heard are better when they join with a group of people who share their views. Also available is a short video geared for middle and high school. New in 2005 is the video Citizen Brain: Feeding on Democracy for upper elementary students. Online resource materials include talking points about legislatures and the legislative process, suggestions for age-group appropriate activities with students, and lesson plans for teachers to use.

Jan Goehring
National Conference of State Legislatures
7700 East First Place
Denver, CO 80230
Fax: 303-364-7800