Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminars

These teacher professional development seminars give teachers the opportunity to explore current issues in civics and government while practicing strategies for building students’ civic skills. 

Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminars are led by Street Law staff, who are joined by a variety of legal experts, and address current public issues like free speech, voting and elections, immigration, gun laws, and foreign and domestic policy. Teachers explore new ways to teach required civics/government topics, including federalism, state and local government, and the court systems.

In addition to the seminars described below, Street Law can work directly with a school or district to offer a custom Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminar to your teachers. Contact  Jen Wheeler for more information on bringing a Seminar to you.

Upcoming Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminars

  • Arizona: January 2019
    • Street Law will lead two one-day workshops for state middle and high school government teachers. Session funded by the Arizona Department of Education.
  • San Diego, CA: Spring 2019
    • Street Law will lead a two-day workshop for local high school government teachers. Session funded by The Price Foundation.
  • St. Louis, MO: Spring 2019
    • Street Law will lead a two-day workshop for local high school government teachers. Funders TBD.

Recent Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminars

  • Prince George's County, MD: November 9, 2017 and April 17, 2018
    • Street Law led Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminars for Prince George's County (MD) Public Schools high school government teachers. These sessions were supported by the Herb Block Foundation and McGraw-Hill Education.
  • St. Louis, MO: February 2018
    • Street Law led a version of the Teacher for Civic Engagement Seminar, called the 2018 Federal Courts & Constitutional Controversies Workshop, for Missouri teachers in February 2018. This session was sponsored by The Missouri Bar, the Judicial Learning Center in St. Louis, the Federal Practice Memorial Trust, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
  • San Diego, CA: February 2018
    • Street Law led a Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminar for San Diego area teachers in February 2018. This session was supported by Price Philanthropies, McGraw-Hill Education, and the San Diego Bar Association.  
  • Baltimore, MD: October 2017
    • 25 social studies teachers from Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools attended this Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminar. This session was supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
  • Washington, DC: August 2017
    • 21 Washington, DC area social studies teachers attended this Teaching for Civic Engagement Seminar. This session was supported by two generous anonymous donors, McGraw-Hill Education, and the Washington office of King & Spalding.  

Since 2016, these seminars have been made possible by the generosity of the following supporters:

  • Anonymous donor
  • Anonymous donor
  • The Coca-Cola Foundation
  • Herb Block Foundation 
  • Washington office of King & Spalding
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • The Missouri Bar, the Judicial Learning Center in St. Louis, the Federal Practice Memorial Trust, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Price Philanthropies
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Guests of the 2015 Street Law Awards Dinner

Google Groups for Seminar Participants

Contact Erica Wang if you need assistance accessing the group.


Past Participant Binders

Past participants may contact Erica Wang to request access to materials for the Seminar they attended.


Free Resource Library

If you are a teacher searching for classroom-ready materials to teach for civic engagement, check out Street Law's Free Resource Library for Supreme Court case studies, moot court materials, deliberation topics, lesson plans, and more.

Free Resource Library

 

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Jen Wheeler

Director, Teacher Professional Development Programs & Curriculum