Recognizing the important role of public schools in preparing students for participation in our democracy.
The application deadline for the 2016-17 Civic Learning Award for Public Schools is now open. Applications are 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 will be announced in February 2017.
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 Gold Ribbon Award Banquet 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.