Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers

This teacher professional development institute brings a select group of high school social studies teachers to Washington, DC, for an immersive 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.

The application for the 2019 Supreme Court Summer Institute is now open. 

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Each spring we select 60 teachers from a pool of applicants to come to Washington for six days of educational activities that strengthen and expand instruction about the U.S. Supreme Court.

Teachers participate in sessions led by Supreme Court experts, journalists, and lawyers, as well as Street Law's Lee Arbetman and  Cathy Ruffing. The Institute covers six current (or recent cases) and prepares teachers to use innovative methods to teach about both current and historical cases. This exciting opportunity culminates with a visit to the Court to hear decisions handed down and a reception at the Court.

Since it began in 1995, the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers has served more than 1,200 teachers, who have in turn reached over 300,000 students. The Institute is funded by and delivered in partnership with the Supreme Court Historical Society.


The two 2019 Summer Institutes will be held June 13-18 and June 20-25.

  • 30 teachers from across the country will be accepted for each Institute (60 total)
  • Admission is based on a competitive application process

Applicant Eligibility:

  • 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 upon returning to their district.
  • Teachers who have already attended one of Street Law's Supreme Court Institutes or Supreme Court Seminars are ineligible for this program. Teachers who attended other Street Law workshops or seminars (those not focused solely on the Supreme Court) are eligible. 
  • We encourage educators of color, those who teach in urban schools or on Native American reservations, those new to the teaching profession, and educators of diverse backgrounds (e.g., LGBTQ+ or disabled) to apply. 

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Resources

Visit Street Law's Free Resource Library for scores of Supreme Court case summaries, lesson plans, and more! 

Free Resource Library

 

The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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Participant Materials

The link below is for the participant materials distributed at the most recent Supreme Court Summer Institute. 

You may also visit Street Law's Free Resource Library for scores of Supreme Court case summaries, lesson plans, and more! 


Supreme Court Institute Alumni Facebook Group

Past participants are invited to join the SCSI Alumni Facebook Group. Share lesson plans, ask questions, and learn about other professional development opportunities. If you have any problems accessing the group, please contact Erica Wang.


Can You Help Us Spread the Word?

We depend on past participants to publicize the Supreme Court Summer Institute. If you're presenting or attending a workshop and can hand out promotional materials, please contact Erica Wang.

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Cathy Ruffing

Senior Director, Teacher Professional Development Programs & Curriculum