Serving Notice for August 8, 2014

MICHAEL E. BROWNING, a Gahanna middle school teacher and We the People participant, has been named the Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year by the American Lawyers Alliance. ALA is a national network of attorneys’ spouses with the goal to create “a communication network to bring our unique strengths to the preservation and enhancement of the American legal system, and to preserve the integrity of our legal heritage through citizenship education.”

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 where 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,” said nominator Lisa Eschleman, OCLRE executive director.

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