ACE sponsors an annual Institute for Teachers in partnership with the Idaho federal courts, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the University of Idaho's College of Law.
The Institute is primarily targeted to Idaho high school and middle school teachers of government, history, and social studies. The purpose is to enhance teachers’ understanding of the judicial branch of government at national and state levels and to motivate teachers to return to the classroom with new ideas and share that information with their students. The Institute is not simply a “talk at” program, but rather a combination of presentations by experts on selected topics, together with a set of workshop discussions led by master teachers with abundant classroom experience. Observations of actual court proceedings also may be scheduled.
The immediate objective of the Institute is to enhance the doctrinal knowledge, skills, and working tools of the participating teachers. The ultimate goal is to elevate the preparation of students for citizenship in a constitutionally framed democratic republic, by enhancing their understanding of, and appreciation for, the rule of law as well as the necessity of an independent, impartial judiciary to preserve the distinctive American republic. Below is a link to an article for the Idaho Advocate by Don Burnett explaining the history and purpose of the Institutes in greater detail.