Umatilla Teacher Named Oregon Civic Scholar

Umatilla High School teacher Chris Early was recently named a 2017-2018 Civic Scholar by Representative Greg Smith for House District 57. Every state legislator has named two teachers from their district to be Civic Scholars, a program that is part of a statewide initiative to enhance high quality professional development in civic education for teachers.

With the recognition of Civic Scholar, teachers receive free registration for the Civics Conference for Teachers at the Oregon State Capitol in December 2017. The conference features presentations from each branch of Oregon government as well as strategies from master teachers. The scholars also receive special recognition at the conference, substitute pay while they are away from their classroom and follow-up classroom assistance.

Umatilla High School Principal Bob Lorence said, “We are very proud of the work that Mr. Early does with our students in helping them understand the importance of being an informed participant in our society. It is a special honor for him to be recognized for his dedication to civics education."

Early is a civics teacher who has been in the Umatilla School District for 13 years.

“We appreciate Representative Smith's nomination for Mr. Early. Chris has been a dedicated teacher to many students in Umatilla and we're happy to see his work recognized at the state level,” said Heidi Sipe, superintendent of the Umatilla School District.

The Civic Scholar program is sponsored by the Classroom Law Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing youth to become active, engaged and informed participants in democratic society. According to Barbara Rost, Program Director of the Classroom Law Project, “Now more than ever teachers need support around teaching controversial issues, current events and changing content. The Civics Conference at the state capitol will provide resources to help fill the gap.”

High School teacher Chris Early was recently named a 2017-2018 Civic Scholar by Representative Greg Smith for House District 57. Every state legislator has named two teachers from their district to be Civic Scholars, a program that is part of a statewide initiative to enhance high quality professional development in civic education for teachers.

With the recognition of Civic Scholar, teachers receive free registration for the Civics Conference for Teachers at the Oregon State Capitol in December 2017. The conference features presentations from each branch of Oregon government as well as strategies from master teachers. The scholars also receive special recognition at the conference, substitute pay while they are away from their classroom and follow-up classroom assistance.

Umatilla High School Principal Bob Lorence said, “We are very proud of the work that Mr. Early does with our students in helping them understand the importance of being an informed participant in our society. It is a special honor for him to be recognized for his dedication to civics education."

Early is a civics teacher who has been in the Umatilla School District for 13 years.

“We appreciate Representative Smith's nomination for Mr. Early. Chris has been a dedicated teacher to many students in Umatilla and we're happy to see his work recognized at the state level,” said Heidi Sipe, superintendent of the Umatilla School District.

The Civic Scholar program is sponsored by the Classroom Law Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing youth to become active, engaged and informed participants in democratic society. According to Barbara Rost, Program Director of the Classroom Law Project, “Now more than ever teachers need support around teaching controversial issues, current events and changing content. The Civics Conference at the state capitol will provide resources to help fill the gap.”

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