Sumter School District's reigning Teacher of the Year, Zach Lowe, who was also a top-five finalist for state Teacher of the Year, has been selected for another special honor.
Lowe, a sixth- and eighth-grade social studies teacher at Mayewood …
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Lowe, a sixth- and eighth-grade social studies teacher at Mayewood Middle School, is one of 60 teachers from across the U.S. to be selected to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers in Washington, D.C., in June, according to a news release last week from a co-sponsor of the summer program.
The institute is open to teachers in the fields of law-related and civic education and offers six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Street Law Inc., a nonprofit agency that creates classroom programs to teach people about law, democracy and human rights worldwide.
At the summer institute, Lowe will have the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methods for conveying this information to students, according to Street Law. Well-known Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars and educators will be among the speakers and instructors for the June 14-19 event, which will mostly take place at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Lowe and other teachers will also visit the Supreme Court in the nation's capital to attend decisions and a reception.
He said he's looking forward to the learning opportunity.
"I'm excited to not only interact with some prestigious lawyers and others at the law school and throughout Washington, D.C., but also to learn new things to apply to my instruction at my school," Lowe said. "Additionally, I hope to bring some information back that I can help share with other teachers across Sumter and South Carolina."
A recent evaluation of the Supreme Court Summer Institute found that, after the program, teachers who attended felt more confident discussing controversial issues and Supreme Court cases in their classrooms.
The summer institute is also co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society.
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