A Renewed Effort to Revitalize the Teaching of Civic Engagement in Our Schools

This article originally appeared in Building Better Schools website on 1/2/2017 In response to the question from a woman after the Constitutional Convention asked of Ben  Franklin, “Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied,  “A republic, if you can keep it.” The survival of our democracy has always depended […]

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Tom Adams Extended Interview

Tom Adams Q & A for Power of Democracy Winter Newsletter Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent at the California Department of Education, oversaw the recent update of the California History-Social Science Curriculum Framework which was last updated 11 years ago.  On July 14, 2016 the State Board of Education adopted a new History-Social Science Curriculum Framework. […]

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Promoting Civic Learning and Engagement Initiatives at the State Level

Recently I participated on a panel as part of the Center for California Studies’ annual “Envisioning California” conference with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Secretary of State Alex Padilla. It was a lively forum, where advocates, educators, state officials, and the public had the opportunity to speak collectively on the question of how California can support a […]

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Implementing Civic Learning in Every County

At its meeting in July, the State Board of Education approved an updated History-Social Science framework. This was an important step in re-affirming the importance of history-social science as a key part of a quality, comprehensive curriculum for all children in California and a critical step in ensuring that today’s students gain the knowledge and skills for college, […]

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Involving students in LCAP process is a lesson in civic engagement

As school districts around the state update and adopt their latest Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), it’s a good time to reflect on the value of involving local communities – and especially students themselves – in the process. Stanford professor and education policy leader Linda Darling-Hammond recently noted in an interview with Calmatters that […]

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