Civic Learning Award: Rio Linda Preparatory

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Rio Linda Preparatory 

Twin Rivers Unified School District
County of: Sacramento
Civic Learning Award of: Merit
Recognized for: Engaging students in various civic learning projects in school and their community. 

Civic Learning Description

At Rio Linda Preparatory School, develop civic action plans on topics ranging from how their school can save money by being more energy efficient to the mental health services needs of students. Students  start with a compelling question; research and evaluate information they gather; communicate their findings; and develop, implement and reflect on action. Civic action plans provide students with leadership skills and provide the opportunities for students to  collaborate with the community

Research-Based Civic Education Practices

This school demonstrates the following research-based best practices in civic education:

• 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.

 For more information on research-based best practices, visit the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools website

Contact Information

Maria Sevilla
1101 G St. 
Rio Linda, CA 95673