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  • From: Heather Weisse <>
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  • Subject: Program Invitation from the National Constitution Center: Immigration Reform
  • Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 16:12:44 -0400
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The Exchange: Should the government make sure that every American has affordable health insurance?
A Program from the National Constitution Center

Target Audience: High School Students

Cost: Free

Requirements for Participation: 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 2009 – 2010 season of its national high student program, The Exchange: A Marketplace of Student Ideas.  This installment of The Exchange, “Should the government make sure that every American has affordable health insurance?” asks students to consider ways to address health care reform and to work together to create a high quality health care system that contains costs for consumers.  The discussion will be hosted by SuChin Pak from MTV and Discovery Channel’s Planet Green and moderated by Dr. Michael Hogan co-director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation and Pennsylvania State University.

Students will have the opportunity to be heard by and hear from other students around the country using Internet2 video conferencing technology.  It is an exciting way for students to discuss current constitutional issues with their classmates and peers in other parts of the nation. 

Only a select number of schools will be able to participate in this program. Selected schools will be asked to use a free lesson provided by the National Constitution Center to prepare their students to be part of the conversation. 

If your school is selected to participate in The Exchange, you will be asked to select one student to be part of the video conference round table.  Only one student, your schools’ student representative, is allowed to speak to the national audience during the video conference.  If a student other than your student representative speaks without prior authorization, then your school will be disconnected form the video conference.

During the video conference, students will have an opportunity to interact with each other and share their thoughts on current immigration policy.  Students will use this deliberation to recommend health care reforms the government should follow.  

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:

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

·         Selection of a student representative;

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

·         Uploading your class’s point of view on the issue of immigration reform at

If your school would like to be considered for this program... please contact Jason Allen at either or 215.409.6644 by Wednesday October 28th 2009 for registration and information.  Mandatory Internet2 testing for all sites will be on Friday October 30th from 1 PM to 3 PM EST.  Once you have confirmed that you have Internet2 capabilities please contact Jason Allen to reserve a testing time.



Heather Weisse Walsh

Manager of Educational Services


3401 Walnut Street, Suite 233A

Philadelphia, PA 19104


p: 215-573-6417

aim: magpik20

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  • Program Invitation from the National Constitution Center: Immigration Reform, Heather Weisse, 10/15/2009

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