OCLRE-nominated Gahanna teacher to accept National Teacher of the Year honors

OCLRE logoThe American Lawyers Alliance (ALA) will present its 2014 National Middle School Law-Related Teacher of the Year Award to Gahanna Middle School South teacher Mike Browning at its annual meeting on Aug. 8 in Boston, Mass.
Browning has taught social studies for more than 25 years at both the middle and high school levels, and currently teaches eighth grade American History. Browning has earned distinction in the past, including being named a “master teacher” in 2006 and 2008 by the History in the Heartland Program at The Ohio State University.
Since 2008, Browning has implemented the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum in his classroom. We the People, administered in Ohio by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE), focuses on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The culminating activity for We the People is a series of simulated congressional hearings. Students showcase their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and evaluate, present and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. Browning’s students have regularly participated in the Ohio Middle School We the People State Showcase, and in the spring of 2014 traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National We the People Invitational.
“Mike is an example of what a teacher should be. He engages his students in rigorous, academic activities that teach the content in an enjoyable fashion,” says nominator Lisa Eschleman, executive director of OCLRE.
The ALA is active in its support of public education, citizenship awareness and various service programs. The ALA sponsors its annual National Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes teachers who have made outstanding contributions to law-related education. Founded in 1958, the ALA is a charitable and educational non-profit organization whose mission is to promote understanding of the American legal system through its national network of lawyers’ spouses.
OCLRE is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose goal is to improve society by developing citizens empowered with an understanding of our democratic system. OCLRE is sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio State Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation. In Ohio, We the People is funded in part by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. For more information on OCLRE, please visit www.oclre.org



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