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November 6, 2012 > New Civic Learning Award for California public high schools

New Civic Learning Award for California public high schools

Submitted By Lynne Mayo

A new Civic Learning Award for California public high schools will spotlight successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and identify models that can be replicated in other schools.

The award is co-sponsored by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

"We hope this award program raises awareness about the important role of civic learning in our public schools and provides teachers with tools to make democracy come alive for students," said Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye. "Democracy depends on the civic engagement of its people."

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Superintendent Torlakson will announce the award winners at a statewide civic learning summit February 28, 2013 in Sacramento. In addition, they will be joined by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who will be the summit's keynote speaker.

Justice O'Connor has said previously that there is an "increasing appreciation that we do need to know how our government works: national, state and local... and that this is part and parcel of the things that every young person wants to know because they want to have an effect."

More details on the award, application forms, and additional civic education programs and resources can be found on the California Courts website []. The deadline for applications is December 14, 2012.

The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The Administrative Office of the Courts carries out the official actions of the council and promotes leadership and excellence in court administration.

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