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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.

2022–23 Application

The application period for the 2022–23 Civic Learning Award for California public schools opens on November 1, 2022. Applications are due on March 31, 2023. A committee comprised of representatives from the California Department of Education (CDE), the Judicial Branch, and other business and education leaders will review the applications. Recipients will be announced in the spring of 2023.

About the Civic Learning Award

The Civic Learning Award for public schools is co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. The CDE recognizes and values 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. Schools receiving the highest honor, the Award of Excellence, traditionally receive a visit by the Chief Justice.

In response to the challenges brought by COVID-19, the 2021 and 2022 awards were adapted to honor single programs, classes, or clubs. Public health directives prevented onsite visits to celebrate the awardees. For 2023, the Civic Learning Awards will return to honoring schools committed to integrating civics campus-wide, promoting positive citizenry inside the classroom and out, and promoting the State Seal of Civic Engagement. Additionally, the Champion of Civics will continue to honor individuals for their dedication to the expanding civics statewide.

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

The application and information as well as a list of past recipients are available on the California Courts Civic Learning Awards web page External link opens in new window or tab. [https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/civiclearningawards].

Questions:   Professional Learning Innovations Office | PLIO@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
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