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Open Campus teacher heads to Washington for C-SPAN conference
Carol Brand

A Rockdale County teacher will be spending a few days in the nation's capitol, courtesy of C-SPAN.

Carol LaRae Brand, a U.S. History and Government teacher at the Open Campus High School, is one of only 30 educators from across the nation selected to attend C-SPAN Classroom's 2010 Educators' Conference being held in Washington, DC, Monday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 13.

"I am excited, honored and deeply humbled to have been selected by C-SPAN for the opportunity to learn new ways that will get my students excited about learning, particularly U.S. History," Brand said.

The conference brings together middle and high school educators who specialize in social studies and using C-SPAN in their classrooms. Brand competed against nearly 100 other C-SPAN Classroom members by submitting an application form and essay explaining how she plans to share with other educators what she learns at the conference.

"Our goal for the conference is that after an agenda-packed two days, teachers will return to their communities armed with solid teaching tips, tools and strategies for engaging their students in a better understanding of how government works, as well as how to become informed citizens," said Joanne Wheeler, C-SPAN Vice President of Education.

Brand will use the opportunity to enhance her classroom, as well as an opportunity to work with other social studies teachers.

"I look forward to exploring the C-SPAN resources available to me as a classroom teacher," Brand said. "I am particularly intersted in networking with social studies teachers from across the United States and interacting with the people behind the C-SPAN vision."

Over the course of the two-day event, the participants from 21 states will learn more about how C-SPAN's Video Library, Congressional Chronicle, and a host of other free, digital and social media resources can improve social studies and civics education in Chatham. Participants will also hear from Amy Walter, editor-in-chief of the Hotline and frequent television commentator, about what to expect during this year's elections. To wrap up their stay, the conferees will also meet with C-SPAN leadership to discuss the future of the network in the digital age. C-SPAN will also provide for the roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for all selected attendees.

This is C-SPAN Classroom's 10th year of summer training.