2014 Institute participants
January 26, 2015
Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society will sponsor two sessions of the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers on June 18–23 and June 25–30, 2015.
60 lucky participants will spend six stimulating days on Capitol Hill and inside the Supreme Court learning about the Court, its past and current cases, and how to teach about them from top Supreme Court litigators and educators. They will also visit the Court to hear decisions and to attend a private reception.
Qualified secondary-level social studies teachers and supervisors should apply by March 16, 2015.
If you've already attended the Institute, we hope you will help spread the word by sharing this article with your colleagues. If you'd like outreach materials to help us promote this opportunity, please contact Christina Barnett.
Gregory Phillips, an AP U.S. History and Government teacher at Robert C. Byrd High School in West Virginia, had this to say about his experience at the Supreme Court Summer Institute:
Gregory Phillips, Supreme Court Summer Institute alumnus
“I attended the institute in 2013. It has been invaluable to my AP Government class. I've been able to conduct moot courts in other classes as well. This year our Superintendent came to my classroom on the day of a moot court. We seated him as a judge. He was floored. He was so impressed he invited several students from that class to a forum with Senator Manchin. The moot courts engage students with the issues in ways that interest them, and they develop skills at the same time. With these skills my students gained confidence in their ability to research and argue an issue. They asked to go to our local legislature to lobby their issue. One of our students (our classroom chief justice) has been asked to come back and address the entire legislature for 2 minutes next month. Our superintendent, who used to be a legislator himself, who is impressed with this young lady, is going and will probably get her more time. I am amazed. The reason I tell you this is because this all grew out of what I learned at the summer institute. In your mission to raise the public knowledge about the Court you impact students in ways that I could not have planned for. We get noticed because this is quality civic education. Thank you.”
(Reproduced with permission)
Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers
SCOTUS in the Classroom