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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.

2020-21 Application

The application deadline for the 2020-21 Civic Learning Award for California public schools is now open. Applications are due on February 12, 2021. A committee comprised of representatives from the California Department of Education, the Judicial Branch, and other business and education leaders will review the applications. Recipients will be announced in April 2021.

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. 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 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.

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. [].

Additional Information

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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