Professional Development

We the People Summer Institute
June 27-30, 2021 | Indianapolis Marriott East
Registration is now open!

The Indiana Bar Foundation is pleased to announce its annual We the People Summer Institute.  The institute is planned to take place in-person June 27-30 in Indianapolis.  Due to COVID restrictions, the institute attendance will be capped to provide additional physical spacing during the event.

Indiana high, middle, and elementary school teachers can join the Bar Foundation to learn in-depth content and teaching strategies for important concepts you’ll be teaching in your government, history, or social studies classes.  These topics will also aid We the People teachers in teaching the curriculum and preparing for the simulated congressional hearing authentic assessments, which will be focused on during the institute. 

Content topics to be discussed:

  • Democratic principles and government philosophies: Citizenship in a divided nation
  • Civil rights court cases and legislation
  • Citizenship: Rights, responsibilities, and engagement

Attendees will receive:

  • Lodging & meals (breakfast/lunch)
  • Classroom set of We the People textbooks or e-books
  • Teacher library worth $75
  • 23 hours of professional growth points (PGPs) (approx.)

Space is limited – register today! Contact Tim Kalgreen at for additional information.

Who: Indiana elementary, middle, and high school educators teaching civics, government, and social studies
What: 2021 Indiana We the People Summer Institute
When: June 27-30, 2021
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East 
Why: To learn content and teaching strategies about civics and government

Presenter Information

Dr. Robert Dion
Dr. Dion has taught American politics courses at the University of Evansville since 2001. Before he came to the University of Evansville, he taught at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and at Wabash College. Outside the classroom, Professor Dion serves as the chairperson of the local civil rights commission and on the boards of several organizations. He is regularly quoted in news stories about political developments in Indiana or in the United States, and he has appeared frequently on radio and television news programs.

Dr. Jasmine Farrier
Dr. Farrier is Vice President for University Advancement and former Chair of Political Science at the University of Louisville. She developed her interest in political science as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her Ph.D. in Government in 2000. In 2002, Dr. Farrier joined the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Louisville. Her current courses and research span all three branches of the US government.

Dr. Nicholas LaRowe
Dr. LaRowe is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Pre Law Program Coordinator at the University of Southern Indiana. He received his PhD in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2010. His areas of research include courts, media coverage and public opinion, judicial elections, and campaign spending. His work has been published in numerous outlets, including Justice System Journal, Judicature, and Cambridge University Press. 


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