Civic Learning Award: GW Carver School of Arts & Sciences

George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science

Sac-City Unified School District
County of: Sacramento
Civic Learning Award of: Merit
Recognized for: Mock Trial

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Highlight: As an integral component of the 12th grade required Economics course, students participate in a Poverty Project which includes discussions, research and community service related to poverty.

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Civic Learning Description

The Re-Thinking Technology Club, which uses civic action to solve real world ecological problems, has designed an award-winning water reclamation project for the school campus and school garden. The Student Government polls students for their ideas for an annual educational "action day" organized by student leaders. And all students examine the economic, public policy and human dimensions of poverty through their 12th grade Economic Class Poverty Project.


Research-Based Civic Education Practices

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.

  • Provide instruction in government, history, law and democracy, and avoid teaching only rote facts about dry procedures.
  • Discuss current local, national and international issues and events in the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.
  • Conduct community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom (Service-learning)
  • Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.
  • Encourage student participation in school governance.
  • Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.

Contact Information

Allegra Alessandri
10101 Systems Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95827
916-228-5760, x1011