Steve Arnold taught Social Studies at Community High School in West Chicago, Illinois for over 30 years. He developed the Legislative Semester in order to engage students in the legislative process rather than teaching about it. He has a deep belief in the ability of all students to make meaningful contributions in their schools and communities. The design of the Legislative Semester reflects his commitment to the power of intrinsic desire rather than external rewards as a major motivator in learning.
In 2002 Steve retired from teaching and began to work with others schools to adopt the Legislative Semester curriculum. He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kate Ullman taught Social Studies at Middleton High School in Middleton, Wisconsin. When Middleton decided to implement the Legislative Semester, she worked closely with her father, Steve Arnold, to lead the adoption of the program there. She appreciates the way that using Parliamentary Procedure levels the playing field for all students and facilitates broad participation in classroom discussion. She now works with teachers at other schools who are interested in the program.
She currently lives in Ashland, Wisconsin and teaches at Northland College.