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For Teachers

FREE Summer Teacher Institutes - 2016

TEACHING ABOUT THE JUDICIAL BRANCH: Do you need resources to teach your students about the Judicial Branch? The U.S. Courts will offer free workshops in St. Louis and Cape Girardeau in July, 2016. These annual workshops are always highly rated by participating teachers. Attendance is free, but space is limited.



Thursday and Friday, July 21-22, 2016
9:00 AM-4:00 PM both days
Check-in begins each day at 8:30 AM
Location: Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis
Parking is provided by the Judicial Learning Center, Inc. at Stadium West parking garage
Meals are provided
Click HERE to go to the Judicial Learning Center's website to register



Wednesday, July 27, 2016
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Check-in begins at 8:30 AM
Location: Rush H. Limbaugh, Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau
Free parking is available
Meals are provided
Click HERE to go to the Judicial Learning Center's website to register


Judicial Speakers Bureau

The judges of the U.S. District Court are available to speak off-site by request CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Online Resource for Students and Teachers

Please visit www.JudicialLearningCenter.org for learning resources and activities on the judicial branch.


The site features content-rich areas for students, teachers, and the public. The Student Center helps learners of all ages explore the judicial branch of government, and test their new knowledge with interactive Student Challenges. The Educator Center provides a variety of resources for teachers of civics, government, and history. There are simple, printer-ready resources and in-depth lesson plans available to correspond with each topic section. 


Field Trip Opportunities

  • To learn more about visiting the courthouses, click here.
  • To learn more about participating in our special events and programs, click here
  • Also, for visits to the Eagleton Courthouse, grant funding is available through a local non-profit, to cover the cost of transportation. An application can be found here. There is no cost for the courthouse tour program.

Missouri Standards

1. Knowledge of the principles expressed in documents shaping constitutional democracy in the U.S.

A. Principles of constitutional democracy in the U.S.

B. Role of citizens and governments in carrying out constitutional principles

C. Understanding the main purpose of the U.S. documents


2. Knowledge of principles and processes of governance systems

A. Principles and purposes of government

C. Processes of governmental systems


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