Summer Institute Archive

Completed 2015 Summer Institute

Teaching Political Issues in Polarized Times

June 23-26, 2015

Handouts from 2015 Summer Institute:

  1. Agenda
  2. We the People
  3. Dr. Paula McAvoy
  4. Supreme Court Cases

Completed 2014 Summer Institute

First Amendment 101

June 24-26, 2014

Handouts from the 2014 Summer Institute

  1. Agenda
  2. Background of First Amendment (Leeson Powerpoint)
  3. Socratic Seminar
  4. Townhall Roleplay: Town of Greece
  5. Moot Court: Wynar vs. Douglas County School District
  6. Supreme Court Cases
  7. DID: Should our democracy permit hate speech?

Completed 2013 Summer Institute

Protecting Oregon, Protecting the Earth

July 8-11, 2013, in beautiful Bend, Oregon

Handouts from the 2013 Summer Institute

  1. Agenda
  2. Scholar Biographies
  3. Environmental Issues Ranking Exercise
  4. Trouble in Tuskanooga: The Birds and the Trees (Endangered Species Act Mock Hearing)
  5. We the People Scoring Guide and Sheet
  6. Deliberating in a Democracy (DID) Procedures
  7. Deliberating in a Democracy (DID) Lesson on Recycling
  8. “Egypt’s Perilous Drift”, Thomas Friedman (Socratic Seminar)
  9. US Supreme Court Case Briefs: American Can Company v. Oregon Liquor Control Commission (Oregon Bottle Bill)
  10. US Supreme Court Case Briefs: State ex rel. Thornton v. Hay (Oregon Open Beaches)
  11. US Supreme Court Case Briefs: Hollingsworth v. Perry (CA’s definition of marriage)
  12. US Supreme Court Case Briefs: US v. Windsor (Defense of Marriage Act)
  13. US Supreme Court Case Briefs: Assn. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics (patenting human genes)
  14. US Supreme Court Case Briefs: Shelby County v. Holder (voting rights)
  15. State of Oregon v. Herschel C. Lyon (mock trial)
  16. Mock Trial How-To (Middle School guide)
  17. Fluoridation stakeholders (Project Citizen interview role play)

Completed 2012 Summer Institute

July 9-12, 2012, in beautiful Bend, Oregon

Hot Topics for Cool Civics: Elections, Voting, New Supreme Court Decisions, and the Strategies to Teach Them

For Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers

Learn intriguing and timely content from conference favorite Professor Jim Foster, and strategies for integrating it into your classroom. This year’s Institute is all about offering the best strategies to engage students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions they need to be active citizens.

It will be four days jam-packed with learning. Political Science professor Jim Foster is back by popular demand, and back on his home turf. In his uniquely engaging style, Jim will connect the Constitution to current election and voting events. Jim will be joined by other fascinating guest speakers who will take selected cases hot from the U.S. Supreme Court and engage participants with the stories they tell. Content will be laced with interactive strategies to take back to the classroom.

This year’s Summer Institute will be at the hospitable and welcoming combined campus of Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University-Cascades in the heart of Bend. Beginning at noon on Monday, July 9, and ending at noon Thursday, July 12, participants may come early or stay late to take in the plethora of activities Central Oregon has to offer.

Cost: $300 per teacher (includes a $50 non-refundable reservation charge).  Come with two or more teachers from your school and save $25 per teacher! Optional college credit is available.

Completed 2011 Summer Institute

July 11-14, 2011

Make civics come alive in your classroom with the
We the People curriculum

Theme: Civility and the First Amendment

Who: 5th through 12th grade teachers

What: Daily breakouts, lectures, and discussion groups. Learn from constitutional scholars, legislators, and others. Enjoy that back-to-student feeling and be stimulated by interesting, rich, and sometimes challenging content. Discussion groups led by experienced mentor-teachers.  Click here to view last year’s agenda.

Special Guest: Professor James Foster, Oregon State University
“A Perfect Constitutional Storm in Alaska’s Capital” refers not to a former governor but rather to Professor Foster’s provocative new book. While exploring free speech in schools, BONG HiTS 4 JESUS – A Perfect Constitutional Storm in Alaska’s Capitol invites us to consider the importance of civic conversation and the perils of failing to do so. Before coming to Bend, Foster was Chair of the Department of Political Science for twelve years (1990-2002) on the Corvallis campus. He regularly teaches courses on constitutional law, administrative law, gender and law, and American political thought. He has published articles on legal education, book chapters on affirmative action and equality debates, as well as on the Oregon Judicial Branch. He is co-editor of the book Governing Through Courts and co-author with Susan Leeson of the two-volume Constitutional Law: Cases in Context. Foster has taught in London and St. Petersburg, Russia. He was Book Review Editor of Legal Studies Forum for ten years, and has served as President of the Pacific Coast Association of Pre-law Studies and the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association.

When: Monday through Thursday, July 11-14, 2011

Where: McKenzie River Conference Center, a stunning mountain retreat approximately 50 miles east of Eugene/Springfield.


  • Accommodations (cabins & cottages – shared with colleagues)
  • All meals
  • Free classroom set of textbooks
  • Professional Development Units
  • Lesson plans, teaching strategies, and more

Rafting Trip (optional):
At the close of this year’s Summer Institute, Classroom Law Project invites you to make a splash with a professionally guided rafting trip down the beautiful McKenzie River! A head count is necessary to confirm our reservation, so please reply as soon as possible if you want to raft. Family and friends are welcome to join us. Here are the details…

  • Date/Time: Thursday, July 14, 1:30-5pm (the Institute adjourns at noon)
  • Bonus: Rafters may stay overnight at the Conference Center at no additional cost
  • Cost: $70.00/person, includes dinner on the banks of the McKenzie River
  • Payment: due no later than Friday, June 24

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College Credit (optional):
Receive 3 semester hours from Lewis & Clark College ($100/hour for non-degree and $599/hour for degree – subject to change).More information will be provided prior to the Institute.


  • $200 ($50 non-refundable reservation fee) – $800 value!
  • $25 discount for two or more teachers from the same school
  • Scholarships available, contact CLP for details

Registration for the 2011 Summer Institute closed on Friday, June 24