Civic Learning Initiative

Civic Learning Award Logo with California department of education seal




2022 Civic Learning Awards: Deadline Feb. 04, 2022
Does your school have a program, class, or club that excites students about civic education that you'd like to see shared with educators statewide? If so, you should apply for the 2022 Civic Learning Award. Honorees at the top level traditionally receive a visit from award co-sponsor Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. 

Judges in the Classroom Accepting Requests for 2021-2022 School Year
Teachers, request a virtual visit from a judicial officer for a lesson on the rule of law, U.S. Constitution, and role of the judicial branch. Also, several lessons are available for ESL classrooms. Learn more.

The Chief Justice's commitment to improving civic learning and engagement in California is highlighted in this timeline. This initiative, known as the Power of Democracy campaign, is supported by statewide partners who help revitalize democracy and promote access to justice in California.

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

Civic Learning Award

The award program, co-sponsored by Chief Justice and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, identifies models in public schools that engage youth in civics learning. The application period for the 2022 Civic Learning Award is now open.

Judges in the Classroom

Judges in the Classroom connects California classrooms with judicial officers for lessons on topics including the constitution, rule of law, and role of the judicial branch. Submit your request for the 2021-2022 school year here