The Institute includes sessions led by Supreme Court experts, journalists, authors, and lawyers, who give teachers 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, and teachers even learn about the personalities of the justices. This exciting opportunity culminates with a visit to the Court to hear decisions handed down and a reception at the Court.
The Institute prepares teachers to use innovative methods to teach about both current and historical cases. Beyond the content-rich sessions and activities, teachers are also equipped with the skills and tools to train fellow teachers at home.
Two Summer Institutes will be held in 2016: June 16 - 21 & June 23 - 28.
- 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.