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.

Cases studied include:

  • The Sedition Act Trials
  • Olmstead v. United States
  • The Chicago 7 Conspiracy Trial

Participants work 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.

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Applications must be postmarked no later than

Wednesday, March 1, 2017.


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.

Looking for last year's agenda? Download it here. 

Co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center