Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Court History and
Public Education Programs
2011 Outstanding Public
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
The release of Indiana's Civic Health Index showcased how important civic knowledge is to the development of active citizens, and how few civic education opportunities are available to most teachers and students.
The Indiana Supreme Court is committed to helping educators identify curriculum materials that will help fill this gap. In April 2012, the Court hosted its first civic education teacher workshop. That workshop focused on the free materials developed by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics project. The Court held a second workshop in 2013 focusing on civic education materials collectively called the “Justice Case Files" developed by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
The morning sessions will feature information about problem-solving courts, juvenile and family matters, and the appellate process. At the conclusion of these concurrent sessions, participants will attend an oral argument in the Supreme Court Courtroom followed by the lunch with the justices and other representatives from the legal community. The afternoon session will feature media who cover the courts and an optional tour of the State House.
Lunch is included and Professional Growth Point certificates will be mailed following the program.
To register for this civic education workshop, please contact Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn, Coordinator for Court History and Public Education Programs, at elizabeth.osborn@courts.IN.gov or (317) 233-8682. Registration for the workshop will close on Thursday, February 27 or when the workshop is full.