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Civic Learning Award For CA Public Schools

Recognizing the important role of public schools in preparing students for participation in our democracy.

2016-17 Application

The application deadline for the 2016-17 Civic Learning Award for Public Schools is now closed. Applications were due on January 9, 2017. A committee comprised of representatives from the California Department of Education, Judicial Branch, and other business and education leaders will review the applications. Recipients were announced in February 2017. For a list of this year's winners, please go to the California Courts Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

About the Civic Learning Award for CA Public Schools

The Civic Learning Award for public schools is co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. We recognize and value the important role of public schools in preparing students for participation in our democracy, and have a partnership to support civic education in California. The awards are designed to both celebrate successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools.

The Civic Learning Award program has three levels: Awards of Excellence, Distinction, and Merit. Winners will be selected by a panel of experts based on the depth and breadth of their civic learning classes, clubs, and programs. Award of Excellence winners will receive a personal visit from Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye; Award of Distinction winners will be visited by an appellate court justice; and superior court judicial officers will provide recognition to schools receiving the Award of Merit. Each winner in the top two categories will receive a plaque and be invited to a California School Recognition Regional Awards Ceremony hosted by the California Department of Education.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to recognize the civic educators at your school and share this information with them.

These resources are also available on the California Courts Civics Education Web page [] External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Monday, March 6, 2017
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