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Attend the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

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Here’s a shout out to all the teachers in the riding of Macleod.

I am pleased to inform all our teachers that the Library of Parliament is currently accepting teacher applications for the 19th annual Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy to be held 21 to 26 February 2016.

The Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy is an intensive professional development opportunity that brings 70 outstanding educators from across Canada together in Ottawa for an insider’s view on how Parliament works. In sessions with political, procedural and pedagogical experts, participants engage in a process of critical inquiry into key issues in citizenship and parliamentary democracy. Throughout the program, participants work together in a collaborative environment to develop strategies for teaching about Parliament, democracy, governance and citizenship. Participants are also officially recognized for their excellence in teaching.

– You have not previously participated in the Teachers Institute.
– You currently teach or work in the field of education in Canada (Kindergarten to 12 [Primary cycle 1 to CÉGEP in Québec]).
– You currently teach or expect to be teaching in a subject area related to citizenship, civics and/or social studies or work with teachers in those subject areas.
– You plan to continue working in the field of education in the province or territory from which you apply until at least June 30, 2016.
– You are prepared to undertake a follow-up activity to extend the impact of the Teachers Institute.
– Each person must apply individually and will be evaluated on his or her own merits.
– Both new and experienced teachers are welcome to apply.

– Registration fee of $500 is payable upon selection.
– The Parliament of Canada covers most travel costs, accommodation and the majority of meals during the program.
– The Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians offers $500 bursaries to help defray the cost of substitute coverage for those participants of the Teachers Institute who may otherwise not be able to attend. For information about the CAFP, click here.
– Completed applications and supporting documentation must be post-marked no later than May 4, 2015.

Teachers are encouraged to apply online and visit the Teachers Institute website here, for program information. Information can also be found in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Democracy Brochure about the week-long experience.

This year’s application deadline is May 4, 2015.