Professional Development Opportunities

The Division works with various courts and legal organizations to provide enriching professional development opportunities for middle and high school teachers seeking to engage students in the workings of the courts, landmark case studies, and the rule of law. Application deadlines and program dates are now available for 2019.

Institute in Washington, D.C. June 23 – 28, 2019

Designed for teachers of U.S. History, Government, Civics, and Law, the Federal Trials and Great Debates in U.S History Summer Institute for Teachers deepens participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and the role the federal courts played in controversies that defined our constitutional rights. This program is held in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center.

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Institute in Sacramento, CA. June 17-21, 2019

The Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Judicial Learning Center Summer Institute is a 5 day professional development seminar for local educators held in the Learning Center in Sacramento, California. Teachers gain knowledge of the judiciary and develop their skills to effectively teach the role and operations of the courts while meeting Common Core educational standards. The Summer Institute will accept up to 25 secondary civics and social science teachers through an application process.

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Institute in Chicago, IL, July 26, 2019

Over the course of the Federal Courts Summer Institute, teachers will be provided with the opportunity to engage with legal historians, federal judges, and other educators to explore the history of the Northern Illinois District Court by focusing on one of the court’s highest profile cases, the Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial.

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