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  • From: Heather Weisse <>
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  • Subject: Participate in this April's EXCHANGE with the National Constitution Center!
  • Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 15:58:29 -0400
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A national student program from the National Constitution Center:



Date: April 22, 2009

Time: 1-2:30 PM EDT


Target Audience: High School Students


How to Participate:


Interactive Videoconference Site: In order to be an interactive video conference site for this event, your site must have H.323 videoconferencing capabilities. Your site must also be connected to your national high speed research and education network (i.e. Internet2 in the United States).





The National Constitution Center is excited to invite your school to participate in the latest installment of its free national student program, The Exchange: A Marketplace of Student Ideas. This event will take place on Wednesday April 22nd 2009 from 1PM to 2:30 PM EDT.  This installment of The Exchange, “Should a clean and healthy environment be a constitutional right?” asks students to consider if a constitutional amendment is the best way to regulate environmental pollution and to work together to create a plan for addressing global climate change. The discussion will be hosted by SuChin Pak from MTV and Discovery Channel’s Planet Green along with Dr. Michael Hogan from the Center for Democratic Deliberation and Pennsylvania State University.


The Exchange allows students all over the country to converse with one another about current constitutional issues using Internet2 video conferencing.  It is an exciting way for students to explore issues with their classmates and peers in other parts of the nation. 


Schools that participate in The Exchange will be asked to use a lesson provided by the National Constitution Center to prepare their students to be part of the conversation.  Students will also have the opportunity to be heard by and hear from other students around the nation at The Exchange online community, which can be accessed from the National Constitution Center’s website at:   


If your school chooses to participate in The Exchange, you will be asked to select one student to be part of the video conference round table.  During the video conference, students will have an opportunity to interact with each other and share their thoughts on addressing global climate change.  Students will use this deliberation to assess the necessity of a constitutional amendment to protect the environment.  



Participating schools must have connectivity to the INTERNET2 network and the ability to do H.323 videoconferencing.


While there is no cost to participate in this event, we do ask schools to work to make sure this event is a success.  Participating schools will be responsible for the following:


·         Selection of a student representative;

·         Preparation of students through the use of the provided Exchange lesson plan;

·         Support student created materials and submit them to our social networking site for this project at;

·         Participation and successful completion of videoconference testing prior to the event with the National Constitution Center.


I hope you are able to participate in this remarkable opportunity.  If interested, please contact Jason Allen at either or 215.409.6644 by Friday April 3rd 2009 for registration and information. 


Mandatory videoconference testing for your site will be on Monday April 13th from 2 PM to 4 PM EDT.  Once you have confirmed that you have Internet2 capabilities please contact Jason Allen to reserve a testing time. 



Heather Weisse Walsh

MAGPI Applications Coordinator

3401 Walnut Street, Suite 233A

Philadelphia, PA 19104


p: 215-573-6417

aim: magpik20


  • Participate in this April's EXCHANGE with the National Constitution Center!, Heather Weisse, 04/01/2009

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