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Teaching for Civic Engagement

Street Law, Inc.

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

During the summer of 2016, Street Law brought a group of secondary teachers together for professional development seminar designed to give teachers exciting, interactive strategies that will engage students in civics and government lessons.

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Anthony Ashford

program coordinator

Megan Hanson

chief program officer

Lena Morreale Scott

senior program director

This two-day Seminar (with accompanying pre-and-post training online activities) was held August 2-3 in Washington, DC. Together, we explored current issues in civics and government while practicing strategies for building students’ civic skills. A variety of legal experts joined us to cover pressing topics like political polarization, voting rights, and foreign and domestic policy. We discovered new ways to teach required civics/government topics, including federalism, state and local government, and the court systems.  

This seminar was funded by generous donations from individual Street Law supporters.


August 2 & 3, 2016, 9 am - 4:30 pm


King and Spalding, LLP
1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20006


The Seminar included 28 middle and high school civics and government teachers and district or state-level social studies specialists.

Participants from the 2016 Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminar: Access all of the binder materials and some session powerpoints in our Google Group! (Contact Anthony if you have any trouble accessing the group.)

If you are a teacher searching for classroom-ready materials to teach for civic engagement, check out Street Law's Resource Library! There, you can find Supreme Court case studies, moot court materials, deliberation topics, lesson plans, and more.

Hosted by the Washington, DC office of King & Spalding LLP.

Thanks to McGraw Hill Education for providing textbooks and lunch for all participants!