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Civic Learning Award Program

Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council announcing the Civic Learning Award Program.

, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
1430 N Street, Suite 5602
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-4200

October 11, 2012

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals:

There is an increasing appreciation that we do need to know how our government works:
national, state and local. . . . and that this is part and parcel of the things that every young
person wants to know because they want to have an effect.

United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.)

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 new Civic Learning Award for California public high 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 superior court judicial officers will provide recognition to schools receiving the Award of Merit. A plaque will also be provided to award-winning schools. In addition, selected schools may have the opportunity to meet with us in Sacramento on February 28, 2013.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to recognize the civic educators at your school and share the enclosed application with them. The application is also available online at and

If you have questions, please contact Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, at 916-319-0554 or, or Deborah Genzer of the Administrative Office of the Courts at 415-865-8755 or


State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Chief Justice of California and
Chair of the Judicial Council

Questions:   Craig Cheslog | | 916-319-0800
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