K-12 Civic Learning Taskforce
All seniors at Poway High School complete a senior project that is designed to prepare them college, career and civic life; students discuss their experiences with Justice Richard Huffman of the 4th District Court of Appeal.
The California Taskforce on K-12 Civic Learning was established in July 2012, the taskforce ended with the presentation of their final report in Summer 2014.
California’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards and other major education reforms presents opportunities for our schools to better prepare all students to become actively engaged by embedding meaningful civic learning throughout the K-12 journey.
Seizing these opportunities, the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning was established by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to explore and elevate the status of civic learning and engagement in California. Co-Chaired by Court of Appeal Administrative Presiding Justice Judith McConnell and Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David Gordon, the Task Force brought further definition to the skills, knowledge and dispositions students need to be informed and engaged democratic participants. The Task Force presented it report – the culmination of a year-long process of assessing the state of civic learning in California schools and developing specific research-based recommendations – to the Power of Democracy Steering Committee in August, 2014.
The Power of Democracy Steering Committee accepted the Report, Revitalizing K-12 Civic Learning in California: A Blueprint for Action, and is now overseeing its implementation throughout the state.