Civic Education

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Events and Resources for Teachers




Mock Committees and Other Activities

Our interactive simulations and lesson plans about the legislative process and civic participation are available for classroom and group use.  Check back often for updates!             



How Bills Become Law - The Basics

Slideshow with lecture notes  PowerPoint         PDF

Lecture Notes  Word

Student Handout  Word 


Legislative Scholar Program - Annual July Workshop

The Legislative Scholar Program is a five-day teacher training workshop held each summer in Olympia. Designed for social studies teachers of any grade level, the program offers teachers an inside view of the legislative process along with opportunities to meet with state policymakers and explore civics resources for their classrooms.


Invite a Legislator to Your Classroom

The Back to School Program connects students and teachers with their state legislators by bringing the legislature to the classroom.




Field Trip to the Capitol

Schedule a Capitol Campus Tour

If field trips are not an option, bring the Capitol to your classroom!
Virtual Tour


Classroom Resources

Lesson Plans & Materials related to the Washington State Legislature

Elementary resources and activities for students

Secondary resources and activities for students 



Civic Education Day - February 17, 2014

Civic Education Day recognizes civic education organizations and exceptional civic educators from around the state. The annual event at the Capitol includes public display tables, breakout sessions for educators, and a luncheon honoring Washington State's Civic Educator of the Year.

Opportunities for Students 

Photo of Pages carrying the United States flag  

Legislative Page Program

Students between the ages of 14 and 16 can serve for one week as pages for a legislator from their home district. Visit the House and Senate Page Program webpages to apply to be a page and read about the educational opportunities for pages at Legislative Page School.


Legislative Youth Advisory Council

Accepting applications now!

LYAC members are high school students who represent the interests of Washington State's young people to the Legislature through outreach and legislation tracking. To learn more, visit the LYAC website.


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