Civic Learning Award: Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech Academy

Civic Learning Description

Citizenship is a major theme of Burton Tech's U.S. Government course. As part of the class, all seniors complete a Civic Action Project (CAP), designed to help them understand how public policy is formed by identifying and addressing a community issue linked to public policy. For example, students worked with City Council to conduct a major neighborhood clean-up. Burton’s student government, the Bureau, also promotes civic awareness and this past fall sponsored a school-wide mock election.


Research-Based Civic Education Practices

This school demonstrates the following research-based best practices in civic education. For more information on research-based best practices, visit the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools website.
  • Provide instruction in government, history, law and democracy, and avoid teaching only rote facts about dry procedures.
  • Discuss current local, national and international issues and events in the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.
  • Conduct community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom (Service-learning)
  • Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.
  • Encourage student participation in school governance.
  • Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.


Contact Information

Valerie Felix
10101 S. Broadway St.
Los Angeles, CA 90003
(310) 291-6494
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