Civic Learning Initiative

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2023 Civic Learning Awards 
A total of 18 schools receive top honors with award co-sponsored by Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. 

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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.



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.

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 2022-2023 school year here