Helping educators through education.

The Summer Institute is a four-and-a-half-day professional development seminar for local educators held in the Learning Center in Sacramento and in the federal courthouse in Fresno. Teachers gain knowledge of the judiciary and develop their skills to effectively teach the role and operations of the courts while meeting Common Core educational standards. The Summer Institute will accept up to 25 secondary social science teachers through an application process.

Goals of the program are to:

  • Provide a deeper understanding of the judiciary and legal principles through careful examination of selected court cases.
  • Assist with developing Common Core-aligned lesson plans.
  • Introduce participants to the rich array of Learning Center resources.

Program benefits include:

  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Working with other interested educators.
  • Small-group access to local judges, attorneys, court staff and local leaders.
  • Access to primary course documents and court case briefs.
  • Tours of the federal courthouse and observations of court proceedings.

Our Mission
To promote public understanding of our independent judiciary's history and its role in protecting the constitutional and civil rights, fostering respect for the rule of law, and securing liberty and equal dignity for all.

We are a charitable non-profit public benefit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation seeks both individual and institutional support, with an emphasis on support from public and private foundations that focus on making gifts and grants to support public education about the Nation's judicial heritage and the role of federal courts in California's history.1

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