Summer Institute for Teachers

Applications for the 2018 Summer Institute for Teachers are now available. Click here to apply.

About Summer Institute for Teachers:

Designed especially for teachers of U.S. History, Government, Civics, and Law, the Federal Trials and Great Debates Summer Institute deepens participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and of the role the federal courts have played in key public controversies that have defined our constitutional and other legal rights.

2018 Cases studied will include:

  • Ex Parte Merryman
  • The Rosenberg Trial
  • The Flag Salute Cases

Participants worked closely throughout the week-long Institute with leading historians, federal judges, and curriculum consultants, focusing on three landmark federal trials through curriculum developed by the Federal Judicial Center.

Applications Due by 12:00 a.m. PT on Friday, March 2, 2018


Are there program costs associated with the Institute?  If so, what are they?

There should be minimal cost to the teachers attending the institute. Lodging is arranged by the Institute and reasonable travel fees will be reimbursed. Most of the meals are provided as part of the institute and those that are not are reimbursable at the federal per diem rates.

Where do teachers stay?

Lodging is arranged by Institute staff at a local hotel. A single reservation will be made for each teacher.


What are the evaluation criteria for the applications?  Specifically, is there a target group of teachers for this program?

Attendees are selected by our reviewing committee. The selected cohort reflects varied teaching environments, geographical locations, and years teaching. The committee also looks to find teachers who can incorporate the curriculum content and experiences explored during the institute into their classrooms and school.


Is there a final/culminating project required of participants?

The teachers will work in small teams throughout the week on culminating curriculum projects. Each year, the culminating curriculum project is presented on the final day of the institute. Guidelines will be provided during the opening session. 


Is there a dress code?

Given that our Institute will be held in a professional building, we request that you adhere to a dress requirement. For our conference dinner and visits to the Federal Courts, you will need professional business attire. Jackets and ties, dresses, and pant or skirt suits are appropriate. We ask that you not wear jeans or flip flops in any case.


Additional questions?

For further information about the Summer Institute for Teachers, please contact Catherine Hawke

Co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center