Troy University site of mock Congressional hearings for middle school students

Posted: Friday, 19 November 2010

TROY—Middle school students from southeast Alabama will visit Troy University Nov. 30 to learn how the U.S. Congress works through a hands-on exercise called We the People Mock Hearings.

According to Dr. Dianne Gossett, associate dean of the College of Education at TROY, teams of students from Brantley Middle School, Luverne Middle School, Conecuh Middle School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School of Evergreen will participate in the mock hearings. The hearings will be held in the Trojan Center Ballrooms beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will be judged by professionals from the University and the community.

As part of a No Child Left Behind Mastery of Content grant awarded Troy University by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, teachers from these school systems received training during spring 2010 in the We the People curriculum, Dr. Gossett said. Additional grant funding from the Library of Congress will help fund the hearings.

“This program is designed to teach students how the U.S. Constitution works and the mock hearings are just part of the curriculum,” Dr. Gossett said. “Troy University’s College of Education is pleased to play a role in this outstanding event.”