Civics Education

EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE COURTS
                     

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is committed to teaching the public about how the courts work.

We've developed materials for teachers, students and the community to use to learn and to understand the importance of civics education.    




ESSAY CONTEST

In recognition of Law Day, May 1, 2016, the National Center for State Courts is sponsoring a contest for elementary, middle school, and high school students. The contest entries will be divided into three groups: 3rd-5th graders, 6th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders. Each grade group is encouraged to answer the following essay question:

In your own words, what are Miranda Rights and why are they important?

Learn more. 
Download contest poster.

STAND AGAINST BULLYING

 

NCSC has released "Students Stand Against Bullying," a collection of student essays from the 2015 civics education essay contest. 





JUSTICE CASE FILES
 

NCSC has released its fifth installment of Justice Case FilesThe Case of the Cyberbully tells the story of Amber, who is bullied at school and online by classmate Madison. The bullying escalates to the point the case winds up in juvenile court. To view the book, please visit ncsc.org/cyberbully. To order, please go to ncsc.org/justicecasefiles.




CIVICS EDUCATION RESOURCE GUIDE

Civics education resource guide provides a comprehensive list of civics education programs around that country that inform and educate the public about the court system. The resource guide information was gathered by researching state court web sites and other justice system-related organizations’ websites. If you have a civics education program that is not listed and should be, please contact Deirdre Roesch or Lorri Montgomery.