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National Civics Summit - Our Courts

National Civics Summit - Our Courts






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    • Our Courts: 21 st Century Civics July 2009 www.ourcourts.org
    • Our Courts Origin
      • 2006 Georgetown Law Conference
        • Hosted by Justice O’Connor and Justice Breyer
      • Increase in attacks on the judiciary
        • Jail for Judges
      • Identified need for broader civics education
    • The Need
      • The more people know about the role of the judiciary, the more they approve of it.
      • According to the 2006 NAEP Civics Assessment, 22% of 8 th graders were proficient in civics.
      15% can name the Chief Justice of the United States. 66% can name a judge on American Idol. 36% can name the three branches of government. 21 states no longer require civics or government classes.
    • The Solution
    • Educational Games
      • Games and effective civics education are both about learning processes
      • Require little preparation from busy teachers
      • Opportunity to harness 24 / 7 learning
      97% of Americans teenagers play video games. 44 average number of hours students spend in front a screen each week.
    • Ourcourts.org Website launched in February 2009 and has received over 100,000 unique visitors to date. Features include: Curriculum Builder Talk to the Justice message board Civics in Action Educational Videos Premier Lesson Plans
    • Classroom Games
      • Our Courts will release two classroom games in August 2009
      Supreme Decision Do I have a Right?
    • Classroom Games Supreme Decision: will introduce students to the process of judicial reasoning and allow them to make decisions in the Supreme Court. Supreme Decision Game Demo
    • Classroom Games Do I Have A Right?: players will run a constitutional law firm and explore the Bill of Rights to give legal advice to their clients.
    • Guardian of Law Guardian of Law is a single player game designed for use outside of the classroom. The player takes on the role of Guardian who argues individual rights cases by litigants in a futuristic world.
    • Moving Forward
      • We’re expanding!
      • Challenge: how to make the project sustainable for continued development
      • Recently formed iCivics Inc, a 501(c)(3) entity, as the operational home for Our Courts
      • Charitable donation-based funding approach
      • Pursuing distribution partnerships
    • Getting Involved To learn more about Our Courts Visit www.ourcourts.org Email us at [email_address] Call us at (202) 661-6527 To get involved Alert school administrators, social studies coordinators, and teachers about the project Join our mailing list