Lincoln Academy Social Studies teacher Kelley Duffy, will travel to Washington, D.C. this June to attend the prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute. After a highly competitive application process, 60 teachers were selected to participate this year. The Institute, open to teachers in the fields of law-related and civic education, is co-sponsored by Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society.
The Institute offers teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methods for conveying this information to students. Well-known Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars, and educators will be among the speakers and instructors for the Institute. Teachers will visit the Court to attend decisions and a reception. A recent evaluation of the Supreme Court Summer Institute found that, after the program, teachers who attended (1) felt much more confident discussing controversial issues and Supreme Court cases in their classrooms, (2) discussed Supreme Court cases and used interactive teaching strategies more frequently, and (3) gained critical knowledge about the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I have always been fascinated by the power and complexity of the Supreme Court, it’s probably my favorite area of government to investigate and teach about,” said Duffy after her acceptance to the Institute. “Last summer I attended a teacher’s institute at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Other teachers attending this institute raved about the Supreme Court Summer Institute and I was determined apply. I’m thrilled to be going, we will get a inside view of the Court and an opportunity to meet with the Justices. We’ve got a great reading list and a packed schedule. I am looking forward to bringing this experience back to the classroom.”
Upon returning home, teachers will be available to present workshops on teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court, and to meet with media to discuss how the new skills and information will apply in their classrooms.
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