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Teacher's Institute Kicks Off
The Judiciary's educational outreach initiative is reaching
out to teachers, and through them, to students nationwide.
Dubbed the "Federal Courts Teachers' Institute," the program uses
the same approach taken in the Judiciary's Law Day celebration, in
which student groups viewed a videotape of a case to understand and
discuss issues of judicial independence. In the Institute, groups of
teachers from the community meet at their area federal courthouse. Like
the student groups, their video viewing is followed by discussions
with judges, federal defenders, and prosecutors. Teachers also
take copies of the videotape, lesson plans, and other
instructional materials back to their own
classrooms. Educational materials are available on the Judiciary's
website, www.uscourts.gov, under "Courts to Classes," to help teachers
incorporate information about the purpose, structure, and function
of the federal courts into their classroom activities.
Throughout the year, more than 50 courthouses across the
country are expected to hold Teachers Institutes; 8 courthouses kicked
off the program on August 4.