Our Courts: 21st Century Civics
Our Courts Origin
2006 Georgetown Law Conference
Hosted by Justices O’Connor and Breyer
Increase in attacks on the judiciary
South Dakota: Jail for Judges
Identified need for broader civics education
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can name the Chief can name a judge on
Justice of the United American Idol.
The more people know about the role of the
judiciary, the more they approve of it.
According to the 2006 NAEP Civics Assessment,
22% of 8th graders were proficient in civics.
can name the three states no longer
branches of require civics or
government. government classes.
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2007 Teacher’s Conference
Here is what teachers told us…
• Start with middle school
• Off-the-shelf solutions
• Civics is boring
• Update curriculum for 21st
- relevant and empowering
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of Americans average number of
teenagers play video hours students
games. spend in front a
screen each week.
Games and effective civics education
are both about learning processes
Require little preparation from busy
Opportunity to harness 24 / 7 learning
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Website launched in February 2009 and has received over
75,000 unique visitors to date. Features include:
Curriculum Builder Talk to the Justice message board
Civics in Action Educational Videos Premier Lesson Plans
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Our Courts will launch two classroom games this
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Supreme Decision: game will introduce students to the process of
judicial reasoning and allow them to make decisions in the Supreme
Do I Have A Right?: players will run a constitutional law firm and
explore the Bill of Rights to give legal advice to their clients.
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Guardian of Law
Guardian of Law is a single player game designed for use outside
of the classroom. The player takes on the role of Guardian who
argues individual rights cases by litigants in a futuristic world.
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Challenge: how to make the project sustainable for
Recently formed iCivics Inc, a 501(c)(3) entity, as
the operational home for Our Courts
Charitable donation-based funding approach
New revenue models?
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To learn more about Our Courts
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us at (202) 661-6527
To get involved
Alert school administrators, social studies coordinators,
and teachers about the project
Join our mailing list
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