Civic Learning Award: John H. Eader Elementary School

Civic Learning Award of Distinction- John H. Eader Elementary School

John H. Eader Elementary School 

Huntington Beach City School District 
County of: 
Civic Learning Award of: Distinction
Recognized for: Creating an environment where all student are empowered to use their voice to influence their learning community.

Civic Learning Highlights

At John H. Eader Elementary School students are given ample opportunities to be involved in the democratic process from preschool through grade 5. Many aspects of school culture, such as their mascot name and the yearbook cover, are all decided by student vote. In the classroom students create a class Constitution for the year. The Eader Eagles students also participate in American government simulations which they then use to compare and contrast historical events to current events.

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

Deborah Randall
Huntington Beach, CA