Mr. Ritzer goes to Washington

July 13, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah teacher picked for C-SPAN program

Issaquah High School teacher Jeremy Ritzer headed to Washington, D.C., for part of summer break.

Ritzer was among 30 teachers from across the nation invited to attend C-SPAN Classroom’s 2010 Summer Educators’ Conference. The July 12-13 conference was primarily aimed at teachers of sixth- through 12th-grade students who teach civics, social studies, history and media studies classes.

Ritzer teaches Advanced Placement U.S. government, U.S. history and sociology.

C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service dedicated to supporting educators’ use of its programming and websites in their classes or for research. Since its inception in 1987, the classroom program has reached more than a million students.

At the summer conference, Ritzer and his peers will learn how to use C-SPAN Classroom’s resources to enhance their students’ education, including learning to access and search more than 150,000 hours of archived video dating back to the late 1980s, C-SPAN Education Coordinator Adrienne Hoar said.

There are also opportunities to participate in the Teacher Fellowship Program, C-SPAN’s mission, programming and event coverage.

Teachers were also scheduled to meet Amy Walter, editor of National Journal’s The Hotline, during her guest speaker presentation July 12.

C-SPAN received more than 100 applications for this year’s conference — the most the organization has ever seen, spokeswoman Tamara Robinson said.

Teachers’ conference fees, and travel and lodging expenses, are sponsored by C-SPAN.

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Learn more about the C-SPAN Classroom program here.

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