California Secretary of State Supports Chief Justice’s Civics Initiative

I am proud to join Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the Power of Democracy Steering Committee in promoting civic learning and engagement opportunities for California’s youth. Students are the future of our democracy. As the state’s chief elections officer, I recently announced a new online tool for 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to […]

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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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