FOR VIDEO: California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

This timeline tracks the evolution of the Chief Justice's Civic Learning Initiative—how it was started and what it means for our democracy in California and throughout the U.S.

California's 28th Chief Justice was sworn into office on January 3, 2011. She brought with her a strong commitment to mentoring, leading, and advocating for younger generations.

2011-01-04 16:51:56

Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye becomes the 28th Chief Justice of California.

2013-02-28 00:00:00

Chief Justice Establishes the California Task Force on Civic Learning

The Chief Justice and State Superintendent announce the formation of a joint statewide task force charged with making recommendations for elevating the status of civics in California K-12 schools.

2013-02-28 00:00:00

1st Annual Civic Learning Award Announcement

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announces 22 winners of the new Civic Learning Award. The awards, presented at the Civic Learning Summit, celebrate successful efforts to engage California public high school students in civic learning and spotlight replicable models for other schools.

2013-02-28 00:00:00

Civic Learning Initiiative

The Chief Justice convenes civics advocates for the 2013 Summit. The Power of Democracy initiative Civic Learning is launched.

2013-07-01 00:00:00

Chief Names Power of Democracy Steering Committee

Committee is appointed by the Chief Justice to guide and support related initiatives, including the work of the K-12 Task Force and the Civic Learning Awards for California Public Schools. Justice McConnell is named chair.

2014-08-01 00:00:00

Chief-Appointed Task Force on Civic Learning Presents Findings

“California’s current civics classes emphasize memorization over participatory skills,” and relies on a 12th-grade government course that comes too late for students already disengaged from school.

2015-01-25 00:00:00

NBC4's News Interview of Chief Justice on Civics

In January 2015, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye joins Conan Nolan on News Conference, where she highlights the importance of civics, and why it is of special interest to her as leader of the state judicial branch.

2015-02-03 16:51:56

Civic Learning Partnerships

First Civic Learning Partnership meets in Butte County to promote recommendations of the Civic Learning Task Force Report in their local community.

2015-04-15 16:51:56

Pat Brown Institute Honors Chief Justice

The Chief Justice is honored by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs for bringing public attention to the crisis in civic education in the public schools.

2015-07-10 00:00:00

"The Power of Civics Education"

The California State PTA invites Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye to share her thoughts around civic engagement.

FOR VIDEO: California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

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