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National Civics Summit - Our Courts

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National Civics Summit - Our Courts

  1. 1. Our Courts: 21 st Century Civics July 2009 www.ourcourts.org
  2. 2. Our Courts Origin <ul><li>2006 Georgetown Law Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted by Justice O’Connor and Justice Breyer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increase in attacks on the judiciary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jail for Judges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identified need for broader civics education </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Need <ul><li>The more people know about the role of the judiciary, the more they approve of it. </li></ul><ul><li>According to the 2006 NAEP Civics Assessment, 22% of 8 th graders were proficient in civics. </li></ul>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.
  4. 4. The Solution
  5. 5. Educational Games <ul><li>Games and effective civics education are both about learning processes </li></ul><ul><li>Require little preparation from busy teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to harness 24 / 7 learning </li></ul>97% of Americans teenagers play video games. 44 average number of hours students spend in front a screen each week.
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Classroom Games <ul><li>Our Courts will release two classroom games in August 2009 </li></ul>Supreme Decision Do I have a Right?
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Moving Forward <ul><li>We’re expanding! </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: how to make the project sustainable for continued development </li></ul><ul><li>Recently formed iCivics Inc, a 501(c)(3) entity, as the operational home for Our Courts </li></ul><ul><li>Charitable donation-based funding approach </li></ul><ul><li>Pursuing distribution partnerships </li></ul>
  12. 12. 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

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