The only way we can meet the many challenges currently facing California and the nation is with a citizenry that understands and participates in all aspects of civic life.

Join us in shining a light on the need for quality civic education and engagement to ensure that these important issues are ultimately part of meaningful state policy changes.

Learn about the CA Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning recommendations.

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More Civic Learning to Reach California Schools

The California Department of Education began rolling out a new history-social science framework this week that emphasizes civic learning. The move marks the culmination of efforts initiated more than three years ago by the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning, a task force created by the Chief Justice and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

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How to teach citizenship in schools

The best civic-education classes do more than impart knowledge about how government works. They create environments in which pupils get used to the tools of democracy, such as debating controversial issues and disagreeing respectfully.

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Fake news spurs call for media literacy lessons in schools

The recent alarm over the potential spread of fake news has prompted two California lawmakers to call for media literacy education in schools, as evidence shows that many children and some adults are largely unable to distinguish between fact and fiction online.

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Watch how California high school students benefit from engaging civic learning programs that equip, empower, and encourage them to grow into active citizens. The Power of Democracy Steering Committee is working to support robust civic learning experiences for all California students. 

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