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Teachers will have civics lesson at Indiana Statehouse

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The Indiana Supreme Court, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Indiana Bar Foundation are collaborating to present a workshop for Indiana teachers April 13.

Courts in the Classroom will host teachers from around the state from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse. Last November, then-Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard asked more than 600 Indiana judges and lawyers to nominate teachers from their community to attend the event. A total of 186 nominations were submitted, and 101 teachers are registered for the conference.

The workshop will introduce teachers and administrators from schools throughout Indiana to civic education materials and iCivics.org, a web-based education project started by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to reinvigorate civic learning.  
Workshop sessions will showcase the free resources available at iCivics.org and highlight how the curriculum is aligned with Indiana’s social studies standards. Participants will hear teacher testimonials, familiarize themselves with iCivics materials, interact and have lunch with Indiana judges and lawyers, and create lesson plans. In addition, representatives from other Indiana civic education organizations will be present during the day to answer questions and distribute materials.

The program has been made possible through a matching grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To learn more about future interactive learning events, including how to register for a program, contact Elizabeth R. Osborn at elizabeth.osborn@courts.in.gov or by phone at 317-233-8682.

More information about the workshop is available online.

 

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