Classroom & Teacher Workshop Films

One of HSoftheNYCourts’ most exciting initiatives is our work in the classroom. The films below highlight that important work.

Middle School Classrooms

George Jackson Academy
Society Trustees Visit George Jackson Academy (2017)

Society Trustees Roy L. Reardon and John S. Siffert, along with Education Committee Chair Prof. Troy A. McKenzie, visited George Jackson Academy to hear presentations from a class of middle schoolers taking Dr. Julia Rose Kraut’s course Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and the Empire State. The partnership with George Jackson Academy is made possible by a grant from the Society. Dr. Kraut, the Society’s inaugural Judith S. Kaye Teaching Fellow, designed the course to introduce students to the importance of the NYS court system in establishing and maintaining democracy and our rights and liberties as citizens.

Bard Early College Academy
The Role of the Courts in a Democratic Society (2013)

HSoftheNYCourts partnered with Bard High School Early College in an after school program for middle school students, Bard Early College Academy. Together, we developed a unit focusing on the importance of the courts in our society.

High School Classrooms

Bard High School Early College Queens
The Lemmon Slave Case (2014)

HSoftheNYCourts developed classroom materials for 9th and 10th grade history classes at BHSEC Queens. This video shows the impact of one of those curriculas.


Bard High School Early College Manhattan
Writing & Thinking: Justice (2010)

In 2010, HSoftheNYCourts sponsored a week-long workshop on the theme of justice that began the school year at BHSEC Manhattan. Students read and debated classic texts on the topic before visiting the New York County Courthouse to meet with judges and learn how trials actually take place.

Teacher Professional Development Workshops

Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking
Justice & the New York Courts (2017)

HSoftheNYCourts sponsored series of professional development workshops on themes including the role of the courts in society and the rule of law. These workshops were open to middle and high school teachers in underserved upstate districts.

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