House Speaker David Ralston addresses fellow lawmakers. (Photo courtesy Ga House of Representatives.)

The Georgia Legislative Session kicks off Monday January 9, 2012

Are you looking for ways to introduce your students to the work of the Georgia legislature? Do you want to assist them in becoming informed participators in the democratic process? Here are five resources you can use in your classroom toward that effort.

  1. Watch GPB’s short, informative video The Green Tree Frog: How a Bill Becomes a Law and download the resource guide for free.
  2. View a live stream of the House, Senate and Rules Committee during the actual live event or live session of the Georgia General Assembly.  For in-depth coverage of the session, watch Georgia Public Broadcasting's Prime Time Lawmakers programwhich returns for its 42nd season of coverage of the Georgia General Assembly. The series airs every night the Assembly convenes for the duration of the legislative session. Watch it at 7 p.m. on GPB.
  3. Want to involve your students more? Have them research their representatives by using this the Project Votesmart poll locator service.
  4. Access the General Assembly’s home page that has links to House and Senate members by name and district.
  5. Want to take your students on a field trip to the Capitol? Check out the Secretary of State’s site for information.

Helping turn students into participating, contributing members of our democracy is one of the highest goals a teacher can have. Please take advantage of these resources and introduce your students to our representative government.