About Lori Wurtzel

Lori Wurtzel

Lori Wurtzel has been teaching Criminal Justice Operations and Law Studies since 2014. Before making the jump into education, Lori had a six-year career as a criminal defense attorney. Lori is passionate about advocacy and education...and blogging!

Exploring the Legal System with FLVS

By on October 19th, 2017

When students first begin my Law Studies class, they often ask, “What is this class all about, anyway?”

Although I often tease them for signing up for the course before asking that question, it is a valid question. The title of the course, “Law Studies,” is relatively vague.  There are so many topics that could fall under the umbrella of “law,” and many of them are covered in the course.

The most effective way to describe the course, I think, is to explain what it can do for you.  The Law Studies course, through its exploration of content ranging from basic governmental principles to criminal, immigration, and bankruptcy law, helps students develop their skills in critical thinking, persuasion, and legal writing.

Before beginning any kind of legal education, it is important to start with the building blocks of our government.  How did we get here – and why?  Continue reading

Child Abuse Prevention: An Educator’s Role

By on April 27th, 2016

Child Abuse Prevention MonthChild abuse can be a tricky topic for teachers.

Not only do we not want to think about something so horrific, but often, educators are not sure what exactly constitutes child abuse, what to look for as indicators, and, perhaps most of all, when to say something (and how to do it!).  Teachers, however, play an essential role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  According to www.childwelfare.gov, educators are invaluable to this cause because of their close and consistent contact with children, their unique opportunity to advocate for children, and their legal obligation to report suspicions of abuse.  Furthermore, studies demonstrate that a positive relationship with a supportive adult, like a teacher, can promote resiliency in children who have been victims of abuse. Continue reading

Every Student Succeeds

By on March 21st, 2016

Every Student Succeeds ActOn December 10, 2015, President Obama signed The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The ESSA will replace the familiar No Child Left Behind Act as the federal government’s comprehensive legislation which governs education and, famously, accountability for schools, teachers, districts, and states.

This new collection of laws will certainly usher in a period of change for American schools – but just how much does it change, and when (and how) will that change occur? Continue reading