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Civic Education Events and Resources for Teachers


Lesson Plans & Legislative Simulations

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 legislature by bringing the Legislature to the classroom. Contact your legislators to schedule a virtual classroom visit! You can also invite a judge to your classroom by connecting with the Judges in the Classroom Program. Learn more about a Judges in the Classroom visit by viewing their program video​

Virtual Field Trip to the Capitol

​Visitor Services offers three civic education tour options​ to meet the needs of students across Washington. All tours provide an introduction to representative democracy, the three branches of government, and an opportunity to explore the physical locations of the Washington State Capitol. 


Civic Education Day​

Civic Education Day recognizes civic education organizations and exceptional civic educators from around the state. This annual event allows civic educators and civic education organizations to connect, share resources, and learn from one another. 

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