Civic Learning Awards

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This new video, produced by the California Bar Foundation, highlights the Civic Learning Awards and the Civic Learning Task Force.

The Civic Learning Award celebrates public high schools' efforts to engage students in civic learning. The award program also identifies models that can be replicated in other schools. Co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, award winners are announced in February.

Civic Learning Awards 2013-14 
Award of Excellence:
Rio Americano High School 
High Tech High North County
Brawley Union High School

Sacramento County
San Diego County
Imperial County
Award of Distinction:
Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3)
Golden Valley High School 

Fresno County
Sacramento County
Kern County
Award of Merit: 
Livermore High School
Chaparral High School
John F. Kennedy High School
Guidance Charter High School
Amador Valley High School
International Polytechnic High
Natomas Charter School


Alameda County
Riverside County
Alameda County
Los Angeles County
Alameda County
Los Angeles County
Sacramento County


News Release: 2013 Civic Learning Award Winners Announced

Follow the links below for details about high school civics programming. School pages include photo galleries from award ceremonies held around the state.

AWARD HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL DISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR

Excellence

Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech Academy

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

U.S. Government; Civic Action Project (CAP); The Bureau

Excellence

Golden Valley High School

Kern Union High School District

We The People; Project Citizen; Interact Club

Excellence

San Marino High School

San Marino Unified School District

Civic Learning - Interdisciplinary Extra Curriculum; Civic Learning - Extra Curriculum; Civic Learning - Within the Curriculum

Distinction

Albany High School

Albany Unified School District

Renewal Debates; Extra-Curricular Programs; Shared Governance

Distinction

Brawley Union High School

Brawley Union High School

Bilingual Civics Club; Bilingual Civics Course; Bilingual United States History

Distinction

Irvington High School

Fremont Unified School District

Benchmark Projects

Distinction

Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School

Natomas Unified

Law-Themed Curriculum; Senior Project; Peer Sentencing Court

Distinction

Poway High School

Poway Unified School District

Senior Project Requirement; Government, Politics and Civics Courses; Associated Student Body (Student Govt.)

Merit

Beaumont High School

Beaumont Unified School District

Mock Trial; Mock Election; Peer Mediation

Merit

Bell Gardens

Montebello Unified School District

Civic Action Project (CAP)/Senior Community Project; Mock-Election Arsalyn Program (Ludwick Family Found.); Deliberating in a Democracy

Merit

Buhach Colony High School

Merced Union High School District

Role of Women in Society and U.S. History Class

Merit

Carmel High School

Carmel Unified School District

AP U.S. Government and Politics; Mock Trial Club and Team; Student Leadership

Merit

Centennial High School

Kern High School District

We The People Program; Government College Prep; Centennial Mock Trial Program

Merit

Cesar Chavez Continuation High School

Compton Unified School District

Mock Presidential Election 2012-2013;
Union Rescue Mission: Service Learning; ASB/Student Leadership Class

Merit

DaVinci Charter Academy

Davis Joint Unified School District

Rise of Democratic Ideas (Island Project); Senior Project - Hail to the Chief

Merit

Frontier

Oxnard Union High School District

Mock Trial

Merit

GW Carver School of Arts and Sciences

Sac-City Unified School District

Student Government Enrichment Club; Re-Thinking Technology Enrichment Club; Economics and Poverty Project

Merit

Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School

Ivy Academia

AP U.S. History; Government; ASB

Merit

John Burroughs High School

Burbank Unified School District

Junior State of America

Merit

Los Altos High School

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District

Students for Haiti Solidarity; US History - Muckraking Project; History Week - The Pursuit of Rights

Merit

Royal High School

Simi Valley Unified School District

Citizen Scholar Institute and Diploma Seal; Authentic Civic Experiences; Simulations of Democratic Processes

Merit

Valley High School

Elk Grove Unified School District

Valley Leadership; Valley Health TECH Academy; Social Sciences Department

Civic Learning Awards Timeline:
October–letter of invitation sent to high schools and posted online (application)
December–application deadline (for 2013, the deadline is Dec 16)
February–announcement of winners

Selection Process
The application process asks high schools to describe their civic learning practices and programs, with an emphasis on those that incorporate research-based proven practices in civic education, as described in the Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools report from the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. A panel of experts assesses the applications according to both depth and breadth. Assessment rubric

Awards are presented in three categories:

  • Civic Learning Award of Excellence
    Schools receive a visit from the Chief Justice of California and a plaque.

  • Civic Learning Award of Distinction
    Schools receive a visit from an appellate court justice and a plaque.

  • Civic Learning Award of Merit
    Schools receive recognition from a superior court judicial officer and a plaque.
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