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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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Why California School Boards Support Civic Learning

The California School Boards Association (CSBA) represents nearly 5,000 elected officials. The democratic process is vital to our work expanding educational opportunity and increasing the effectiveness of our public school system. We at CSBA recognize that civic learning opportunities are not always distributed equally and we are working to educate board members about this disparity […]

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2014-15 Civic Learning Awards recognize Elementary and Middle Schools and provide opportunity to share best practices

Applications due December 15, 2014 As an elementary teacher for 26 years, I have seen shifts in education policy, teaching methods, funding priorities and societal attitudes. With all of that experience, I have come to the firm belief that it is essential to give students the tools they need to become engaged and productive members […]

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