Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Coordinator for
Court History and
Public Education Programs

Pho: 317.233.8682

Sarah Kidwell
Outreach Coordinator

Pho: 317.234.3055


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History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History

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Courts in the Classroom > Field Trip Opportunities > Constitution & Citizenship Day Constitution & Citizenship Day

History and Background

On September 17, 1787 the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention.  Copies of the document were distributed to the original 13 states for ratification.

In 2004, Senator Robert Byrd successfully added an amendment to the federal spending bill mandating that educational institutions receiving federal funds offer some sort of educational programming on September 17th each year.  The Indiana Supreme Court began offering Constitution Day programming in 2005 with a wide variety of activities inside courtrooms and classrooms around the state.

Constitution Day 2014: What do the Constitutions say about juries?

The Community Relations Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference and the Supreme Court's Courts in the Classroom have teamed up to develop a Constitution Day activity.  The heart of the this year's program is a discussion between students and judges on why juries are important and how people get chosen to serve.

The program is designed for students in grades 6-12.  Judicial officers and teachers should choose the appropriate section below to participate in the program.

If you have any questions about Constitution Day or any of the handouts, please contact Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn at

Getting Started

Choose Your Program

Materials To Be Printed

To view primary source documents and lesson plans from other sources, visit our Constitution Day Resources page.

Visit our Flickr page for photographs from last year's Constitution Day programs.