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UMass Boston partners with Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate

Offers 1-Day Teacher Professional Development Program in Senate Simulation Module

PRLog - Aug. 26, 2014 - BOSTON -- The new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (EMK Institute) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) today announced an immersive training program for teachers for grades 8 to 12.

This is an opportunity to get an early preview of the EMK Institute’s educational offerings, including interactive exhibits and a Senate Immersion Module (SIM) that unfolds in a full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber.

The professional development program explores key debates in Senate history, centering on the Civil War. It engages teachers in role-play, deliberation, negotiation, and debate as they assume the roles of United States Senators and take part in a SIM about the Compromise of 1850.

“Teachers engage their students everyday, but I think that what they get from the SIM is an engagement that is a unique sort of perspective on what they get everyday in a classroom.” — Greg Hurley, teacher, Malden High School

Segments of the workshop will bring teachers into the Senate deliberation process as participants, highlighting the role negotiation plays in the creation of a bill, and the importance of constituent viewpoints in influencing policy decisions. The day will culminate in a formal vote on the drafted legislation and debrief.

“We are very excited to be forming this partnership with the EMK Institute, “ says Dean Philip DiSalvio of the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at UMass Boston.  “The future of learning lies in finding these intriguing new ways to make history and the legislative process come alive.”

The first pilot workshop will take place February 28, 2015 and will be eligible for Professional Development Points (PDPs). Additional workshops will be offered on historic and current day topics, after the building opens to the public in a formal dedication in March.

For more information:


·      For questions about registration, please contact UMass Boston: renee.covalucci@umb.edu

·      For inquiries about the Professional Development Program, and the SIM, please contact the Institute: 617 740 7000

Fran Berger

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Last Updated:Aug 26, 2014
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