Realistic Simulations Involving Civil Discourse and Complex Decision-Making
Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions is a national initiative of the federal courts that brings high school and college students into federal courthouses for legal proceedings stemming from situations in which law-abiding young people can find themselves. These court hearings (not mock trials) are realistic simulations that showcase jury deliberations in which all students participate, using civil discourse skills. Teachers can get started by downloading the simulations agenda and complete activity package. The website presents an activity that teachers can use with any case in the educational resources section. In the activity, Elonis v. US is the landmark case. It is the first time that the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving the constitutionality of prosecuting potential threats in a social media context. This First Amendment activity applies the landmark Supreme Court case to a teen conflict posted on Facebook. Along with the agenda and activity, the website presents a video in which federal judges share insights on civility when dealing with difficult and often emotional issues in the law and in life.
The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds that fits right in a user’s pocket. Developed for all experience levels, it will help users identify the birds around them, keep track of the birds they’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near them.
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.
We Share Solar empowers students to be global changemakers. By combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, trained teachers cultivate students’ interests in STEM subjects and inspire them to meet an immediate need in the developing world.