- Fall 2002, Vol. 11, No. 1 (requires
We the People.... The Citizen and
For the second consecutive year, the Warren Center hosted a week-long
professional development program entitled We the People.... The
Citizen and the Constitution for educators from across Tennessee.
This years institute met at the Warren Center June 16 through
June 21. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education through
the Center for Civic Education, helps teachers find creative ways to
educate students on the history and principles of constitutional government.
The institute was co-directed by Sue Chaney Gilmore and Mary Catherine
Bradshaw, both teachers at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ms. Bradshaw is also an adjunct instructor in education at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt faculty members from a variety of disciplines led the series
of workshops. Those scholars included William James Booth, professor
of political science; Lisa Schultz Bressman, associate professor of
law; John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy; and Samuel T. McSeveney,
professor of history, emeritus. R. B. Quinn, assistant professor of
media law at Middle Tennessee State University, also served as a presenter.
In addition, several mentor teachers from across the United States were
in attendance to provide their guidance and expertise in using these
classroom materials: Blaine Betts (Marquette, MI), Peter Gunn (Easthampton,
MA), and Kathy Switzer (Greeley, CO).
A lot of students think of history and civics as dry, uninteresting
subjects, said Ms. Bradshaw. Having students learn by debating
the issues faced by our nations founders encourages them to think
about the alternatives and what it means to live in a free society.
The first session included a mock congressional hearing put on by sixth
graders from Mountain City, Tennessee. Their teacher, Daphne Greene,
attended last years program and had used the We the People
curriculum guide with her elementary school students during the past
Participants were Kevin Brewer (Puryear, TN); Amy Brill (Nashville,
TN); William Cate (Marion, AR); Pennye Deal (Finley, TN); Darlene Holder
(Dunlap, TN); Julie Howerton (Nashville, TN); Roger Jolley (Decherd,
TN); Fred McFalls, Jr. (Savannah, TN); Terry McFalls (Savannah, TN);
Mac Macsovits (Nashville, TN); Brian Moore (Elizabethton, TN); Beverly
Ramsburg (Kingsport, TN); Nicole Reyes (Nashville, TN); and Ashley Smith
For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.
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