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Street Law, Inc.

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

2016 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers

June 16-21 & June 23-28, 2016
Registration Period
5 October - 14 March 16
Washington, DC

Since it began in 1995, the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers has brought together over 1,000 social studies educators from across the country to convene in Washington, DC, for six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court. The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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The Institute includes sessions led by Supreme Court experts, journalists, authors, and attorneys, who give social studies educators an in-depth understanding of how the Court chooses and decides cases and what it is like to argue before the Court. The Institute covers six current or recent cases. This exciting opportunity culminates with a visit to the Supreme Court building to hear decisions handed down and attend a private reception.

The Institute prepares social studies educators to use and promote innovative teaching methods with current and past cases. Beyond the content-rich sessions and activities, social studies educators are also equipped with the skills and tools to train fellow teachers at home.

Program Info

Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers

Since it began in 1995, the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers has brought together over 1,200 teachers from across the country to convene in Washington, D.C., for six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society. Read more

Application Details and Eligibility

  • 30 teachers from across the country will be accepted for each Institute (60 total)
  • Admission is based on a competitive application process
  • Applicants must teach or supervise secondary social studies or law-related education
  • Applicants must commit to attend all sessions and train other secondary school teachers
  • Teachers who have already attended one of Street Law's Supreme Court Institutes or Seminars are not eligible for this program
  • Applicants from ethnic and racial minorities, people teaching in urban schools or on Native American reservations, and people new to the teaching profession are encouraged to apply
  • Participants in the 2016 Institute are expected to participate in the program evaluation by responding to one brief survey.

Application Instructions

  1. First time applicants should complete and submit the online application form by March 14, 2016. Applicants who have previously applied to the Summer Institute are welcome to complete a new application or can contact Anthony Ashford to "reactivate" their application from the prior year. New applications and reactivated applications must be received by March 14, 2016.
  2. Submit to Street Law, Inc. a letter of support from your principal or supervisor by March 14, 2016. 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:

    Anthony Ashford
    program coordinator
    Street Law, Inc.
    1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 870
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    office: 240.821.1324
    fax: 301.589.1131

All applicants will be notified of their status no later than April 1, 2016. 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 Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20001
  • Hotel Information
    Participants will be eligible for discounted rooms at the Washington Court. Teachers willing to share a room with another participant will pay $180 for the week ($36/night), while teachers who want their own room will pay $450 for the week ($90/night).
  • Registration Fee
    $150 registration fee (due two weeks after you are accepted) includes all materials and several meals.
  • Stipend
    Participants who conduct trainings for other teachers after completing the Institute are eligible to receive a stipend of $200.
  • Opportunities for Continuing Education Credit
    Upon completion of the Institute, each participant receives a certificate verifying 35 contact hours. 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 Summer Institute satisfies the eligibility requirements.
  • Contact
    Please contact Anthony Ashford ( with any questions about the Institute.

Additional Resources for Teachers

For lesson plans, Supreme Court case summaries, and additional teaching resources visit the Supreme Court Institute for Teachers page of our programs section.