If you are interested in learning about legislation, an exciting opportunity to take part in a program awaits you. It doesn’t matter the level of work, be it city/county, state or national, in all levels of legislative work the same principles apply. In this course you will learn the foundation of legislative work, how to approach legislators, write position papers, and attend hearings and have fun doing it.
Look no further than your own desk as Legislation 101 is a distance-learning course. Most of the training and work will be conducted from your own home on your computer via ZOOM (it’s a free video conference call where participants can see and hear each other) and will build on skills you probably already possess. Meetings will be held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings (starting at 8 PM Eastern Time) and be kept to one-hour with require short reading and homework assignments between meetings. There are no tests. Advanced reading is required because class discussion will be based on the manual provided and be in the dialogue style of Plato and his Academy north of Athens.
This format of discussion was chosen by the instructors, Christine Issel and Julia Dollinger, because you don’t know what you don’t know so we’ll begin with general background information. If something isn’t clear it is your responsibility to speak up and ask questions. Keep in mind we feel there are no stupid questions when asked out of ignorance or genuine curiosity. Secondly, you know what you want, or need to know, what’s important to you, and we don’t. We will be answering your questions and sharing our knowledge and experience with you.
This may all sound philosophical but the course is designed to be very practical. By the end you will understand the legislative process and how to effectively operate within that world. You are encouraged to use critical thinking—that is disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence throughout the course. The homework questions are intended to develop your critical thinking skills so you are able to ask questions, contribute to class discussions and ultimately to write position papers in a business-like manner.
The course is 13 lessons long and comprised of two levels over approximately 6 months with experiential work over one legislative calendar session. Each level must be taken in order:
Section 1: Introduction and understanding the foundation of legislative work and its terminology. Section 1 provides 6 CEU.
Section 1 Course dates are tentatively: October 22nd, November 5th, November 19th, December 3rd, December 17th, January 7th & January 21st
Section 2: Creating Change – How legislatures and legislators really work and carrying out a successful campaign that safeguards our right to practice. Section 2 provides 6 CEU and so the combination of Section 1 & 2 is 12 CEU.
Section 2 Course dates are tentatively February 4th, February 18th March 3rd, March 17th, March 31st , April 14th & April 28th .
Tuition is $250 for each section. Do not let a lack of funds stop you as payment plans and scholarships are available.