The Indiana Supreme Court and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) have spearheaded an effort to inform Hoosier school teachers and administrators about the wide variety of resources available including lesson plans aligned with Indiana’s state social studies standards.
More than 80 teachers from across the state attended a workshop hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Bar Foundation. These teachers were nominated earlier this year by judges and members of civic or legal organizations. Ruthie Leeth (RCHS Social Studies) and Rocky Alspaugh (RCHS Social Studies) were nominated by Judge Brian Hill.
The April 10 workshop was designed to help educators teach students about the courts. Workshop sessions included problem-solving courts, juvenile and family matters, and the appellate process. The teachers attended a Supreme Court oral argument Nick McIlquham v. State. Justices, judges and other representatives from the legal community joined the educators for lunch. The afternoon workshop session featured members of the press who cover the courts.
The iCivics project works to reinvigorate civic learning inside and outside of the classroom. By learning how to utilize iCivics and other resources in their classrooms, teachers are able to introduce civics concepts to students at every grade level. These concepts prepare students to become dutiful citizens who stay informed about current events, serve their communities, and vote.
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund Director/Information Officer for Rush County Schools