9:30 am to 12:30 pm
The US Supreme Court is one the least understood institutions in American government, but is also one of the most trusted. While students often learn about the Court’s major cases, there is less emphasis on the Court’s day to day functions; what do justices do all day? The goal of this seminar is to encourage teaching Court through the political lens. We will begin with an overview of how the Court operates and justices’ decision-making process, using theories of political science to discuss what we know, and don’t know, about the Court’s largely secretive deliberations. We will then look at some primary-source materials that can help enliven lectures about the Court from the justices’ hand-written notes at oral arguments and their secret conference, to the memos they sent to each other during their deliberations, to resources to listen to modern and historic oral arguments. Finally, we will discuss ways Supreme Court classroom simulations can deepen understanding of the Court and it’s decisions.
Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.
A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.
If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.