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.

Institute in Washington D.C. 2020

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 2020

Join the Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Judicial Library and Learning Center (KJLLC) for this four-day teacher’s institute (June 14-18, 2020) in Sacramento, CA. Featuring expert speakers on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony and modern voting rights cases, this institute provides teachers the opportunity to gain deeper understanding of the American judicial system. Teachers will engage one another by sharing teaching strategies and developing lessons exploring the cases covered throughout the week.

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Federal Courts Summer Institute

Together, the Northern District of Illinois and the American Bar Association are pleased to offer middle and high school social studies teachers a one-day professional development program that will explore the federal judiciary and how it helps to define our constitutional rights and responsibilities. Participants will engage with contemporary court cases to support classroom learning on the role the federal courts play in current policy and societal debates.

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