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27 Nov 2018

Battles between the current administration and federal judges can provide teachable moments that help students dive into the role of the judiciary and the tension between political appointments and the rule of law. Consider using articles like this one in conjunction with Foundations in Law Unit 1 - Human Nature, Rules and Power: The Origins of Law. 

"Chief Justice Roberts responds to Trump's criticism of judges." Jurist: Legal News and Research. November 21, 2018.

12 Mar 2018

The wave of student activism in response to the series of school shootings in recent months provides a unique opportunity to connect students to their role as the "fourth branch of government." Consider using the article below in conjunction with  Foundations in Law, Unit 2: The Legal System in Action to help students understand the levels and layers that exist within the legal landscape, the ways in which they are interrelated, and the role students can play in initiating and influencing change.  

Parkland's Student Activists are Getting a Powerful Civics Lesson

Education Week, March 12, 2018

8 Sep 2017

Analysis of the legal landscape at all levels requires students to think critically about information sources and the perspectives they represent. In the current climate of "fake news," consider enhancing the literacy strategies embedded in the Law and Justice curriculum units with the media literacy resources provided by EDC in their web feature, Everyone's Worried About Fake News. What Can Teachers Do About It?

27 Jan 2017

Given the wide variety of legal challenges that have arisen under the new administration, consider using Foundations in Law Unit 1: Human Nature, Rules, and Power to help students better understand the the balance of power between national and state governments and the role of checks and balances in establishing, enforcing, and interpreting laws. Students can think about their own role as members in the "fourth branch" of government - the people. Teachers may also want to refer to Foundations in Law, Unit 5: Equal Justice Under the Law to help students explore how different groups have argued for and legislated a variety of civil rights questions and challenges.

14 Jul 2016

Recent events in the news, including the Castile and Sterling shootings and the attack on police officers in Dallas, are challenging teachers to find ways to help students navigate what these events mean in the context of law and the US justice system. Foundations in Law, Unit 5 (“Equal Justice Under the Law”) and Foundations in Criminal Justice, Units 2 (“Responses to Crime”) and 6 (“Engaging Youth in the Law”) can help teachers provide focused conversations on these difficult topics, and provide structured opportunities for students to become agents of change in their communities. Complete a free registration and click on each course to download these free curriculum units and resources for discussion.

9 Dec 2014

Recent court decisions in Ferguson, MO and Ne York City have sparked protests across the United States. Consider using Foundations in Law, Unit 5 to help students explore the role civil disobedience plays in defining what is lawful and unlawful. Use stories like the ones below to help students explore protest, advocacy, and the role of law enforcement in establishing a just society.

"Ferguson protest blocks traffic near Harvard Square."

"NYC chokehold, Ferguson cases spark national protests."

5 Sep 2014

EDC and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) will co-host Youth and Justice: Joining Forces to Strengthen Innovation and Impact, an international forum to discuss approaches to improve the justice system and its nexus with youth. The forum, which will be held September 10 - 12 in Istanbul, Turkey, will bring together youth agencies, educational institutions, NGOs, social justice and human rights groups, and other organizations from around the world. For more information about the youth and justice forum, contact Gustavo Payan at, or follow the forum on Twitter (#osfyouthforum).

5 Sep 2014

Our partners at Calamari Productions recently aired a thought-provoking special on ABC's Nightline focusing on the controversial sentencing of four teenage defendants in Elkhart, IN. To learn more about the story, visit: or

5 Sep 2014

New York teenagers are now allowed by law to serve on city community boards. 16 and 17 year old representatives may hear and vote on pressing community issues. Learn more about how teenagers are becoming increasingly influential participants in the life of their communities here:


24 Jan 2014

The National Council for the Social Studies has published a framework to guide states in their development of standards related to College, Career, and Civic Life (C3). The framework is consistent with and supported by the Law and Justice curriculum. Check out the new framework here: