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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.

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 begun a partnership to support civic education in California. It is therefore with great pleasure that we invite you to apply for the 2014-15 Civic Learning Award for Public Elementary and Middle Schools. 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 courses/clubs/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 a superior court judicial officer will provide recognition to schools receiving the Award of Merit. In addition, all schools will receive a plaque.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to recognize the civic educators at your school and share the application with them. The application is available at Civic Learning Award for California Public Elementary and Middle Schools (PDF) and the California Courts Civics Education Web page [] External link opens in new window or tab. .

Congratulations to the 2014-15 Civic Learning Award Schools. Go to the California Courts 2015 Civic Learning Award Winners Announced [] External link opens in new window or tab. Web page to see the recipients.

If you have questions, please contact Stacey Greer, California Department of Education, by phone at 916-323-5818 or by e-mail at, or Deborah Genzer, Administrative Office of the Courts, by phone at 415-865-8755 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Rebecca Barrett | | 916-319-0800
Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 14, 2015

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