Civic Learning Initiative

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye is committed to a broad and far-reaching effort to improve civic learningand engagement in California. The Power of Democracy campaign is supported by statewide partners who help revitalize democracy and promote access to justice in California.


Chief Justice’s Civic Learning Award
The Chief Justice and more than 40 judges have honored 180 schools throughout the state for earning Civic Learning Awards. Winning schools engage their students in learning about our democracy and the judicial branch.

Lesson Plans and Resources 
Teachers will find a diverse collection of lesson plans and educational resources about the courts and related topics. The lessons were all developed and field tested by California teachers, and meet California state content standards.

The Power of Democracy Steering Committee is charged with overseeing the implementation of the Chief Justice’s Civic Learning Initiative, including related recommendations of the Commission of the Impartial Courts.

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A searchable collection of K-12 civics lessons created by teachers, for teachers.

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