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Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

2014 Civics & Civil Rights Institute

July 9-11, 2014
Registration Period
3 February - 5 June 14
Washington, DC

This professional development institute provides educators with a valuable opportunity to expand their knowledge and learn new methods for teaching about civil rights.

The Civics & Civil Rights Institute is part of Closing the Gap: Civic Leadership for Youth, an initiative through which African American students will learn about civil rights and advocacy with an end goal of developing a deep understanding of the importance and impact of the civil rights movement and how they can be active, engaged members of their communities.  


The Institute is open to 20 high school social studies teachers from CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VA.

The Institute includes sessions led by Street Law staff and civil rights experts who give teachers an in-depth understanding of key periods in both past and present civil rights movements as well as, legal concepts and civil rights issues related to public policy, civic engagement, and advocacy.

The Institute prepares teachers to use interactive methods and community resources to teach about civil rights and align the issues with components of their social studies standards. 

Program Info

Closing the Gap

An initiative in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. to teach African American youths about the importance of civil rights history, its impact on their rights and responsibilities, and how they can be active, engaged members of their communities. Read more

Application Details and Eligibility

  • 20 teachers will be accepted
  • To qualify, applicants must teach in CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, or VA.
  • Admission is based on a competitive application process
  • Applicants must teach or supervise high school social studies
  • Applicants must commit to attend all sessions and train other secondary school teachers
  • Applicants must demonstrate how the content and resources will benefit their students
  • Applicants must teach predominantly African American students
  • Applicants must demonstrate how they will use Institute materials to increase civic participation among African American youth

Application Instructions

  1. Applicants should complete and submit the online application form by May 16, 2014
  2. Submit to Street Law, Inc. a letter of support from your principal or supervisor by May 16, 2014. Letters of support should convey your supervisor's approval for your attendance and support for you to train others in your school, district, or state upon your return. Email, fax, or mail to:
    • Deborah Foster
      senior program director
      Street Law, Inc.
      1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 870
      Silver Spring, MD 20910
      fax: 301.589.1131 
  3. All applicants will be notified of their status no later than May 19, 2014. Please do not attempt to pay your registration fee or make other arrangements until you are notified of your acceptance.

Institute Location

Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Registration Fee

 $100 registration fee (due two weeks after you are accepted) includes all materials and several meals.

Hotel Information

Housing for participants will be available at the Washington Court on the nights of July 8, 9, and 10. Hotel costs will be covered by Street Law.  

A select number of rooms are available for an additional night to accommodate participants with early morning transportation needs. Please contact Janae Harrison for more information. 

Travel will be reimbursed up to $500.  This includes by plane, train, or automobile (mileage and parking).


Participants who conduct trainings for other teachers or develop and teach a civil rights lesson to their students after completing the Institute are eligible to receive a stipend of $150. 

Opportunities for Continuing Education Credit

Upon completion of the Institute, each participant receives a certificate verifying the number of contact hours completed (exact number of hours TBD). Your participation may count toward continuing education/ professional development hours. However, requirements vary by school district. Please check with your district to see if the Civic & Civil Rights Institute satisfies the eligibility requirements.

Contact: Please contact Deborah Foster or Janae Harrison with any questions about the Institute.