Bring Discovering Justice to your classroom.
Schools use Children Discovering Justice either as their core social studies program or as an enhancement to their existing programs. If you do not currently have a social studies program in your school, CDJ is a great way to introduce these critical ideas to your students. If you already use another program, our curriculum will complement it by providing rich historical details, critical thinking skills and participatory activities that excite young learners. Enrolled schools receive professional development and materials, ongoing support, and a field trip to a courthouse (limit one grade per school).
When you join the CDJ network, your school will receive:
– Materials for each participating teacher, including a curriculum guide and all corresponding books
– Five hours of professional development for teachers new to the program
– Ongoing teacher support by phone, e-mail, or classroom visit
– A Courthouse field trip, including an interactive courtroom experience
– Additional civic learning resources and multimedia, including those listed here
Teachers enrolling in Children Discovering Justice receive five hours of professional development training, worth five PDPs from the Massachusetts Department of Education.
The Teacher Training Institute covers the instructional design of CDJ and adult learning experiences such as a tour of the courthouse, meeting with a judge, and exploring primary source documents.
*Please note that Courthouse field trips may not be available to all schools.
Join the schools in these communities which are currently using Children Discovering Justice in their classrooms:
New Bedford, MA
“…after the field trip to [the Courthouse],
my students are no longer allowed to tattle
against each other after recess. The children
now have to write down the ‘evidence’ in a
note to the Principal or myself, and the be
prepared to present as a witness for the
alleged offence about which they are tattling.
The rest of the class acts as jury.”
— Jorgelina Abbate-Vaughn,
First Grade Teacher
Ellis Elementary School, Roxbury