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September 2000

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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.