Kurt Van Deren, a Molalla High School civics and government teacher, has been named 2016-2017 Civic Scholar for Senate District 09 by Senator Fred Girod.
As part of a statewide initiative to enhance high quality professional development in civic education for teachers, state legislators in every Oregon district have selected two teachers from their district to be honored as Civic Scholars.
The award came as a surprise to Van Deren, who pushes to be exceptional in his work as a teacher of AP Government and Civics. Much of Van Derens teaching is connected to the Classroom Law Project and the James Madison Legacy Project. He will be piloting material from the Classroom Law Project and We the People this year and is excited to have students engage in mock congressional hearings.