Summary: Brawley Union High School's mandated Civics and U.S. History courses for bilingual students expand to entire student body, and membership in its Civics Club increases from 27 to 140 students.
Brawley Union High School received a Civic Learning Award in 2013 at the Distinction level. In 2014, Brawley Union High is recognized with the Award of Excellence due to the growth of two mandated courses, U.S. History and Civics, and the expansion of its Civics Club. The school expanded its bilingual civics club, bilingual civics course, and bilingual U.S. history course to include students who have grown up in the United States. Once limited to about two dozen bilingual students, the Civics Club has grown to more than 140 people this year.
The Brawley Civics Club gives students the opportunity to discuss and research local, state, and national issues. Students commit to an issue and take steps to make a difference. For example, when the issue of low voter turnout in the district was discussed, Civics Club students reached out to the community by holding voting drives and became active campaigning for various elections to increase voting turnout.
The club holds mock elections for local and national races and organizes fundraisers and a marathon each year to fund senior scholarships. Brawley’s Civics Club isn’t just limited to the students at school, however. Students actively engage their parents by getting them to attend District ELAC meetings and to represent their local bilingual community.
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.