National Civics Summit - Our CourtsPresentation Transcript
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 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.
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
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.
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