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Welcome to the Public Education Portal 

Increasing public understanding of the justice system is central to the mission of the American Judicature Society. In the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.), “the long-term solution to the politicization of the judiciary process is education.”

Here you will find information about outstanding materials and innovative models for educational programs, updates about new and noteworthy efforts, and links to additional resources.  If your organization offers educational programs on the judiciary that should be considered for inclusion here, please contact us.

PUBLIC EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT

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Federal Courts' Educational Tools

The federal courts’ Internet site offers classroom-ready and courtroom-ready resources in multimedia formats on its Educational Resources page.  Topics include cyberbullying, texting while driving, and downloading music on the Internet. Bill of Rights programs and resources deal with teen-relevant  First and Fourth Amendment scenarios based on Supreme Court decisions.  Find tools for teachers, as well as homework help for students, including Federal Court Basics, and Fast Facts.  Courtroom and classroom activities, videos, podcasts, slide shows, and handouts are adaptable for interactive presentation boards, electronic slide presentations, and social media at http://www.uscourts.gov/EducationalResources.aspx.

AJS HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM ON THE JUDICIARY

Lesson Plan on Judicial Independence

AJS is pleased to announce the availability of the third lesson plan in its High School Curriculum on the Judiciary. The Judicial Independence lesson plan helps students understand the concept of “judicial independence,” why it is important for our courts, and how it can be threatened. Funding for the development of the High School Curriculum on the Judiciary was provided by the Spencer Williams Foundation for Judicial Independence. Click here to view all of the Curriculum lesson plans.