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JMF Educational Efforts Expantion Continues

May 24, 2017 by Scott Layman

The John Marshall Foundation presented its Justice in the Classroom, Rule of Law and John Marshall workshop to 23 Richmond Public Schools high school and middle school civics, history and government teachers on February 6. The workshop was held at Armstrong High School as part of the Richmond Schools Teacher Professional Development Day.

Barbara Schneider, JMF Education Programs Director, introduced the session. Greg Ownby, master teacher, presented several lessons from the www.justiceintheclassroom.net website. The Honorable Lucretia A. Carrico, Judge, provided an overview of the Virginia and United States Court Systems and also offered insights into the everyday life of a judge in a courtroom. John Marshall Foundation Board members and co-chairs of the Education Committee, Cheryl Ragsdale and Debra Prillaman assisted in the workshop presentation. Each teacher who attended received a binder with the SOL-based lessons and other classroom-ready resources. The workshop received excellent overall evaluations from the attendees.

The Education Committee presented a similar workshop last October to Petersburg City Public middle- and high-school teachers. Dr. Cyndee Blount, Chief Academic Office of the Petersburg City Public Schools, and Dr. Brenda Mayo, Petersburg City Public Schools Curriculum Specialist, worked with the JMF to offer the program as part of their effort to improve SOL scores and to renew accreditation. Last August, the Education Committee presented workshops to educators from Goochland, Powhatan, Sussex, Nottaway, Dinwiddie, Hampton and Portsmouth.

“We have developed a new expansion model for Justice in the Classroom, and that is through professional development workshops for teachers. When we teach teachers, we benefit from a built-in multiplier. Each teacher who receives the instruction is able to provide that enrichment to anywhere from 30 to hundred or more students,” says Schneider.

In addition to growth through the new model, JMF is planning expansion into three new geographic regions in Virginia in 2017: Western, Southwestern and Northern Virginia regions (see map).

The JMF professional development workshops are presented at no cost to schools and focus on Standards of Learning (SOL) guidelines for civics, history and government as well as offer instructional enhancements for teaching U.S. history.

These workshops and the new justiceintheclassroom.net website are made possible by a generous grant by the Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation (VLF). The VLF’s mission is to promote through philanthropy the rule of law, access to justice and law-related education.

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