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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All Students Deserve Access to Civic Learning

In an election year, the pundits and media will ponder and opine about slipping voter participation, apathy, and disengagement when a proven method to combat these problems is ours for the taking. Research clearly connects the dots between adult civic behavior and youth civic learning. While the key stated reasons voters don’t engage are lack […]

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Inspiring and Developing Future Citizens and Leaders

As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, I oversee the education of 6.2 million students in more than 10,000 schools, helping to make sure they are ready for careers and college, but also for civic life. Civic education plays a critical role in preparing our young people to be active and informed community members. Students need […]

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Advancing Student Engagement through Civic and Service Learning

As educators, we know that at the heart of creating sustainable academic achievement and ensuring the college, career, and civic readiness of our students, is a school culture where engagement in meaningful civic and service learning experiences is valued and maximized.  As Principal of Lake Canyon Elementary School in Galt, I have worked side-by-side with […]

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