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How to Use Legal Texts with Students to Enhance Teaching Equity, Justice, and Democracy / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Robert Kim

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 6:30pm to 8:00pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Monday, May 10, 2021

Please note that this virtual mini-workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Whether you're glued to current events or observing the dialogue and dynamics in your classroom (virtual or otherwise), chances are that concepts of equity and justice are on your mind, as well as those of your students and their families. Yet many of the rich primary texts and sources that address these concepts—American court cases, statutes, and policies—are often shrouded in legalese and hard to find.

In this 90-minute virtual mini-workshop, you'll get a hands-on overview of how to access, interpret, adapt, and use legal texts and sources with your students—whether it's Brown v. Board of Education, a recent case dealing with bullying in K-12 schools, or a state statute or policy related to student discipline or free speech. This creates an opportunity to engage students in current, relevant content while also teaching students to navigate complex texts and better understand the documents that are centered in our school policies.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to find legal sources that address concepts of equity, justice, fairness, civics, and civil rights in contexts involving K-12 students and schools
  • Build skill in understanding and interpreting legal sources (this is your "first semester of law school in 90 minutes" training)
  • Get tips on how to adapt legal materials as complex texts for classroom use—with students of different ages and reading levels

About the Presenter

Robert (Bob) Kim is a leading expert in education law and policy in the United States. A former civil rights attorney, Bob is author of Elevating Equity and Justice: Ten U.S. Supreme Court Cases Every Teacher Should Know and coauthor of other books on education and the law. Bob currently serves as an education consultant and has advised thousands of educators on civil rights, equity issues, and school climate topics.

From 2011 through 2016, Bob served in the Obama Administration as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, which enforces federal civil rights laws in K-12 and postsecondary institutions nationwide. He has also served as a senior policy analyst and human/civil rights professional development trainer at the National Education Association and as a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Find Bob on Twitter @bob__kim.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades 6-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this workshop, we highly recommend Elevating Equity and Justice: Ten U.S. Supreme Court Cases Every Teacher Should Know.


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