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Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education

"Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education" offers attorneys activities they can use when they are invited to speak to adult civic and community groups. Increasing public awareness of how the government and courts work is a critical mission for The Florida Bar. An informed public is the best defense of the rule of law and a fair and impartial judiciary. Benchmarks activities are available online, grouped in three categories: 
Attorneys who become trained in Benchmarks — by watching the webinar or attending a seminar — are eligible to earn CLE credits. Sign up with the Speakers Bureau to learn about presentation opportunities. To order free Constitution pamphlets for your presentation, call (850) 561-5834.
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    Register for a free Benchmarks seminar at Fall Meeting
    Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education is civics education for adults – presented in an engaging and fun format that leaves participants wanting more, as noted by recent attendees:
    “Great seminar."
    “All excellent and very informative.”
    “Awakened my knowledge of the Constitution.”
    A seminar to teach attorneys how to make Benchmarks presentations will be held Friday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 till 10 a.m. at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Register by emailing: Susannah Lyle – slyle@flabar.org. Questions: (850) 561- 5669

    Activity for Constitution Day Sept. 17!
    Just in time for Constitution Day, Sept. 17, Benchmarks presents a new activity: Citizenship, Constitution & Courts: Rights of the Accused. This activity celebrates the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day by examining the U.S. Constitution and the rights the Constitution protects. It is a great activity for Benchmarks speakers invited to give presentations for Constitution Day.

    Informed Voters Fair JudgesInformed Voters-Fair Judges Project
    The Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project of the National Association of Women Judges External Link focuses on increasing the knowledge of citizens regarding the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente serves as state coordinating committee co-chairperson for the initiative. 

    Learn more about the Informed Voters Project and download materials for presentations.


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    Constitution Pamphlet
    Benchmarks speakers may request up to 50 copies of the Constitution Pamphlet, which also contains the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Send requests to pubinfo@floridabar.org or call (850) 561-5834.
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    Benchmark Activities:

    Benchmarks Toolkit
    We're glad you want to make Benchmarks presentations! This Benchmarks Toolkit will help you get started! Tools included are:

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    If you have questions, please contact Zannah Lyle at The Florida Bar at slyle@flabar.org or (850) 561-5669.

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      Special Topics
      Benchmark activities in this category include testing participants' basic knowledge about the structure and function of the government as well as an examination of voting practices historically and currently in the United States. 
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    Request a Speaker or Become a Speaker

    To request a speaker for your group, please fill out the online request form. Attorneys can become Benchmarks speakers by watching the online webinar (29 minutes) or by attending a Benchmarks training. When training is completed, sign up with The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. Presenters can earn one ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period. Form to apply for credit. PDF document opens in new window Consumer Pamphlet Benchmarks Presentation and The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau
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    Evaluation of Presentation

    Thank you for participating in a Benchmarks seminar. Please fill out the evaluation form and give it to the seminar coordinator or email to staff@flrea.org.

    [Revised: 08-31-2015]