Virginia Beach educator wins spot in C-SPAN annual classroom

 Patricia Downing. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)
Patricia Downing. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A Landstown High School teacher will be the one getting a lesson next month when she travels to Washington D.C. for an exclusive educational forum.

Patricia Downing, a social studies teacher, is one of 30 educators C-SPAN selected from across the country to bring to its Classroom’s 2016 Educators’ Conference.

On July 14 and 15, she will explore the public-affairs TV network’s educational programs and materials in a classroom, and will learn how to incorporate them into her own teaching space, according to a media release.

“Our goal is to connect students with public affairs content that cultivates a better understanding of how our federal government works,” Craig McAndrew, C-SPAN manager of education relations, said of the conference in the release.

C-SPAN will pay Downing’s travel, lodging and meals during the trip. She went up against teachers from across the nation to earn the ticket. And she was selected by a panel that judged teachers on their “dedication to learning new resources, applying them in the classroom environment, and sharing their professional development experiences in their academic communities,” according to the release.

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