California Democracy School Civic Learning Initiative

 

The California Democracy School Project, originally funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, is designed to institutionalize civic learning in high schools to prepare ALL students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century. The project strengthens existing initiatives including the Common Core State Standards, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. It can also assist schools in preparing students to earn the State Seal of Civic Engagement.

For more information, please contact Michelle M. Herczog, Ed.D., Coordinator III,
at (562) 922-6908 or at Herczog_Michelle@lacoe.edu

Click HERE to view the entire online professional development series


News & Events
California Democracy School TrainingCalifornia Democracy School Training
March 23-25, 2021 This online training will equip K-12 educators with tools and strategies to build civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions for all students to become informed, engaged citizens....Read more

State Seal of Civic Engagement Los Angeles County CollaborativeState Seal of Civic Engagement Los Angeles County Collaborative
March 3, 2021. Educators across Los Angeles County are invited to join a collaborative to brainstorm ideas and share resources to implement guidance for the State Seal of Civic Engagement. ...Read more

State Seal of Civic Engagement Recorded WebinarState Seal of Civic Engagement Recorded Webinar
(Access Passcode: %fY30@.u) This webinar led by Sarah Smith at the CA Dept. of Education and Michelle Herczog at LACOE presents information about the adopted criteria, student eligibility, process for applying for the Seal and resources to support implementation at your school. ...Read more

State Seal of Civic EngagementState Seal of Civic Engagement
The criteria for the State Seal of Civic Engagement has been approved by the California State Board of Education. Information and updates can be found here....Read more

2021 California Democracy School Application Deadline: March 1, 20212021 California Democracy School Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Schools across California that have institutionalized high quality civic learning across one grade level may qualify to be recognized as a California Democracy School. Learn more in the Application Packet....Read more

STUDENT VOICES: The Power of DemocracySTUDENT VOICES: The Power of Democracy
Student Voices: The Power of Democracy Civic Learning Summit held on May 1, 2017 featured presentations and resources from students, schools, the business community, and judicial officers, all committed to preparing ALL students for civic life in the 21st century. ...Read more

Ted McConnell, Keynote Address at Student Voices Civic Learning SummitTed McConnell, Keynote Address at Student Voices Civic Learning Summit
Ted McConnell, Executive Director of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools delivers an inspiring keynote address to attendees at Student Voices: The Power or Democracy Civic Learning Summit on May 1, 2017 at LACOE....Read more

2016 California Democracy School Showcase Event2016 California Democracy School Showcase Event
The video of this event features the civic learning work and awards to our 12 California Democracy Schools at a special showcase event held on April 30, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library....Read more

2015 California Democracy School Showcase Event2015 California Democracy School Showcase Event
This video of the event features the civic learning work of the twelve schools of our California Democracy School Civic Learning Initiative. The event was held on May 2, 2015 at the Richard Nixon Birthplace and Presidential Library....Read more