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
Court History and
Public Education Programs
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.