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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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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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