Civic Learning Initiative

Application Period Now Open

October 1, 2020: Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond invite educators to submit programs and local civics heroes for a 2021 Civic Learning Award. See application for details. Deadline: February 12, 2021.

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye is committed to a broad and far-reaching effort to improve civic learning and engagement in California. 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 2021 Civic Learning Award is now open.

Lessons & Resources

Find a lesson plan for your class developed by California teachers to engage K-12 students in learning about the courts, and other related civics lessons. All lessons were field tested and meet California Content Standards.