Chief Justice Tani Cantil- Sakauye's Civic Learning Initiative

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.

2013-02-01 01:00:00

February Focus on Civics

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye dedicates the month to civics learning and improving public understanding of the state court system.

2013-02-28 02:00:00

Civic Learning California Summit

The first Civic Learning Summit is held in Sacramento, bringing together business, education, and judicial leaders from state and federal courts.

2013-07-01 00:00:00

Chief Names Task Force to Study Civic Learning in CA

The Chief Justice calls on Justice Judith McConnell to guide the work of the K-12 Task Force.

2014-08-01 00:00:00

Chief-Appointed Civics Task Force Presents Findings

“California’s current civics classes emphasize memorization over participatory skills"

2017-10-01 00:00:00

State Seal of Civic Engagement

Assembly Bill 24 (2017) instructed the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a set of criteria to award students who have demonstrated excellence in civic education.

2018-03-01 00:00:00

Judges in the Classroom

The Power of Democracy launches a pilot effort to link teachers with judges modeled after the state of Washington's program of the same name.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil- Sakauye's Civic Learning Initiative

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