In 2015, the Oregon Legislature declared the first Friday of each December as “Oregon Civics Day for Teachers.” To celebrate, Classroom Law Project hosts an educators’ conference on that day every year at the State Capitol in Salem.
Each year every Oregon legislator, both in the House and Senate, nominates two teachers from their districts as Civic Scholars to attend the Civics Conference. If you are nominated by your state representative or senator, your substitute will be paid for, you will receive a travel stipend, and if you need to stay over in Salem, your lodging will be covered.
Civic Scholars also gain access to early announcements for other Professional Development throughout the year as well as any special events or opportunities CLP may offer.
You can recommend yourself to be nominated!
We encourage you to write to your State Representative or Senator and request to be nominated as a Civic Scholar to the Civics Conference for Teachers. Your elected official may appreciate knowing a teacher to nominate who wants to attend and is focused on being a Civic Scholar!
Here’s a handy template (downloads as a Word document) to use when you reach out.