The forum is a program that engages students and teachers in active research, debate, deliberation, writing and reflection on U.S. foreign policy options. The forum will culminate with a day-long event held at the state Capitol where students will present their foreign policy options to a panel representing the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then discuss their decisions with the state’s elected representatives and foreign experts.
Participating teachers will receive three free curriculum units from Choices for the 21st Century Project at Brown University, and classroom materials related to the Capitol Forum and report of the Student Ballot on America’s Future. Students will receive certificates of participation. In addition, teachers will be provided the opportunity to participate in a professional development session in the spring 2005 event with their students and the post Forum lesson and ballot.
The Capitol Forum on America’s Future is a multi-state initiative designed to engage high school social studies students and teachers in discussion of our nation’s future in the changing international environment. For more information, visit the Choices for the 21st Century website at www.choices.edu/capitolforum.html. For information on the 2004-2005 West Virginia Capitol Forum, contact Travis Baldwin or Robin White at Sissonville High School at (304) 348-1954.