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Developing Public Policy Through Congress: A Project Based Learning Unit

March 27 - April 14, 2023


Grades 9-11



Skills Learned:

- Act as a policymakers in Congress (work to pass legislation, participate in a committee meeting, negotiate with colleagues, draft and present bills, discuss the merits of bills in a floor debate etc.).
- Read complex text to determine the author's point of view.
- Investigate different legislative districts to find similarities and differences in public policy issues.


Classtimes will be coordinated between the Lead Teacher and Partner Teacher

Session Length:

March 20 - April 14, 2023

Number of Sessions:

1 of 2


Course Program:

The purpose of this project cycle is to learn how the legislative process works with other government structures to create public policy. Students will act as legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives throughout the unit.

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Bruce Pontbriand

Dr. Pontbriand (known to TechBoston Academy students as “Dr. P”) has been teaching Civics and Government at TBA since 2005. Dr. P’s classes have been involved in active civic and government engagement including working on “tiny” designing homes in Dorchester with seniors and elementary students at the Holmes Elementary School, Green Architecture Design with AutoDesk, and government advocacy with City Councilor Andrea’ Campbell’s office. Dr. P lives in Randolph, MA, and is very active in community affairs in his town.

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