Civics Education

The ABOTA Foundation believes that teachers are the primary guardians of democracy.  Through their knowledge and skill they teach the next generation about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Recognizing the integral role that teachers play in the defense of liberty, the ABOTA Foundation has created resources and opportunities for teachers and students to grow in their knowledge of the Constitution, the judicial system and civic engagement.

2018 Civics Lesson Plan Contest

Visit the contest page for more details! Submission deadline is April 5, 2018.

Civics Video Gallery

Check out ABOTA's Civics Video Gallery for a collection of Teachers Law School and James Otis Lecture presentations. 

Classroom Resources

Civic Engagement and Fostering Informed Civic Participants
Created in partnership with Scholastic, Inc.
(Grades 7-12)

  • Decoding the News: Building Savvy Media Consumers
  • Civic Participation in the Justice System: How Individuals Shape Major Cases

The Constitution - Created in partnership with Scholastic, Inc.

Federal and State Courts

Judicial Independence

Magna Carta - Created in partnership with PBS Learning Media
(Grades 9-12, includes videos and teaching guides)

Separation of Powers

Trial by Jury

Professional Development

ZABOTA_TeachersLawLogo_RGB.JPGDesigned as a "crash course" in the law and legal system for middle and high school educators, the Teachers Law School combines lectures, round table discussions, experiential learning and case studies, through which teachers learn about the American legal system and government from experts in the field.

Student Enrichment

The James Otis Lecture Series provides a high quality civic learning experience for high school students.  The lectures focus on the Constitution and are presented by scholars, judges and ABOTA members.  Students are encouraged to interact with the experts, ask questions and seek solutions for constitutional issues that exist today.

Through the Civics Renewal Network,  teachers have the ability to customize their search for resources by content topic, grade level, lesson structure, and other filters. Visit CRN today to access thousands of resources from contributing organizations. The ABOTA Foundation is a proud member of CRN! 


Tamara S. Franco
Civics Education Director
ABOTA Foundation
(214) 239-0226