Bring civics to life! Invite a Montana legislator into your classroom!
The Legislators Back to School Program was created in 2000 to help young citizens gain a better understanding of the value and concepts of representative democracy. These include the importance of negotiation and compromise and the challenges involved in balancing competing interests in a diverse society. At the same time, the program brings civics to life by giving students a chance to talk face to face with the state legislators who represent them.
Legislators are uniquely qualified to help young people - the nation's future leaders and voters - understand their roles and responsibilities as citizens. In addition to the obvious benefits for students, the program encourages mutual understanding between lawmakers and schools and involves legislators in civic education.
The program is not aimed at teaching the fundamentals of government; nor is it meant to be an opportunity for campaigning or partisanship. The program is aimed at teaching the concepts of representative democracy, including the place of conflict and compromise in the legislative process.
Legislators who participate in the program have access to age-appropriate, nationally developed classroom materials that have been specifically correlated to Montana social studies standards.
The Legislators Back to School Program is endorsed by several major education associations, including:
American Association of School Administrators
American Federation of Teachers
Center for Civic Education
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals