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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2014

Law Day 2014 Celebrated Through iCivics Presentations

For the third year in a row, the Women and the Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, in conjunction with the Supreme Court of Delaware, coordinated iCivics presentations in public elementary and middle schools throughout the State of Delaware during the month of May. Women and the Law Section member and former co-chair, Laina M. Herbert, Esquire, of Prickett, Jones, & Elliott, P.A., assisted by Katie Wolinski of the Administrative Office of the Courts, recruited members of the Delaware Judiciary and the Delaware State Bar Association to make the iCivics presentations. Justice Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court serves as the Delaware Chair for iCivics.

iCivics was developed by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and a team of educational experts in 2010 to promote civic education in schools to counter Americans' declining civic education and participation. The need to improve Americans' wavering civic knowledge became even more evident with the 2011 release of the most recent report card from the National Assessment of Education Progress which found that only 27% of fourth graders, 22% of eighth graders, and 24% of twelfth graders were proficient in civics.

iCivics consists of interactive computer games that teach elementary and middle school students about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. iCivics has produced 16 educational video games and more than 70 lesson plans which meet the Common Core Standards. During the 2012-2013 school year, 35,000 educators in 9,000 different schools adopted iCivics curricula. During that same year, 5.9 million iCivics games were played by students.