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
2011 Outstanding Public
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
The release of Indiana's Civic Health Index showcased how important civic knowledge is to the development of active citizens, and how few civic education opportunities are available to most teachers and students.
The Indiana Supreme Court is committed to helping educators identify curriculum materials that will help fill this gap. In April 2012, the Court hosted its first civic education teacher workshop. That workshop focused on the free materials developed by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics project.
On Friday April 12, 2013, the Court will hold its second annual workshop. This year’s program will focus on civic education material developed by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The materials are called collectively, the “Justice Case Files."
A part of the National Center’s mission is to educate the public about how the courts work. The graphic novels, called Justice Case Files, engage the reader while giving insight into how judges make decisions, how the courts protect the public, and why courts are so important to a democratic society.
The story lines and content were developed by judges, court administrators, and other legal professionals. Two Virginia social studies teachers developed comprehensive lesson plans for each of the first three books.
The workshop will take place at the Indiana State House from about 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Participants will meet representatives from the National Center, explore each of the 3 graphic novels, create lessons using the materials, and meet with judges and lawyers to plan classroom activities. Lunch is included. In addition, representatives from local civic education organizations will be in attendance to distribute educational materials. Professional Growth Point certificates will be mailed following the program.
To register for the civic education workshop, please contact Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn, Assistant to the Chief Justice for Court History and Public Education at elizabeth.osborn@courts.IN.gov or (317) 233-8682. Registration for the workshop will close on Friday, March 15.