Inequity in Criminal Justice: Teaching the film "Just Mercy"

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Inequity in Criminal Justice: Teaching the film "Just Mercy"

Join Eileen Mattingly and Jennifer Fischer with Journeys in Film, Jamor Gaffney from The Glasgow Group, and Share My Lesson for an indepth look at the movie Just Mercy and how to help students deal with complex issues. 

The past several years have brought growing awareness about social and legal inequities that exist in our country. How can teachers help their students to understand systems of power and to engage in efforts to bring about meaningful change? What are the challenges teachers face in dealing with such complex and sensitive issues?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Now Available on Demand

This webinar explores the film Just Mercy and the lesson plans that support and extend its use in class. The film tells the true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his crusade to exonerate Walter McMillian, a Black man unjustly arrested, convicted, and sentenced for murder. Lessons place the events of the film in the context of centuries of racial injustice; develop such key concepts as bias, racism, and resilience; and explore the inequities of the legal system that sentenced McMillian. Students learn to write case briefs on landmark cases and examine other real cases of unjustly convicted individuals.

In this webinar, teachers will learn strategies for culturally responsive teaching that will give them confidence in their ability to work with students on such difficult and crucially important topics. They will learn how to access all curriculum materials, including a student study guide for remote learning.


Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements. Step 1: Upon completion of the Share My Lesson webinar, download your PD certificate of completion. Step 2: Complete CTLE certificate. Step 3: Send both your CTLE certificate AND Share My Lesson PD certificate of completion to [email protected].

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March 2021
Excellent. Very detailed, wonderful resources.
March 2021
Great lessons for Just Mercy. I'm looking forward to teaching the book along with the movie next year with my 8th graders. Thank YOU!
March 2021
Informative and insightful. As always, the sharing from participants in the Chat just adds to the ideas and possibilities being presented.
March 2021
March 2021