Power of Democracy Civic Learning Initiative

This timeline tracks the evolution of Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero's Civic Learning Initiative.

In collaboration with state and county education agencies, lawmakers, and non-profit organizations, Power of Democracy has promoted a better understanding of government and the rule of law in students K-12.

2010-02-26 23:49:55

Commission for Impartial Courts Prioritzes Outreach

Commission reports key factors that affect public perception and confidence in the court system

2010-08-27 11:36:49

Judicial Branch Focus on Civics

California courts heighten efforts to promote judicial outreach, public information, and civics education at all levels, including:

2013-02-28 02:00:00

California Judicial Branch Sponsors First Civic Learning Summit

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor lends support.

2013-07-01 00:00:00

Chief Justice Launches Study on Civic Learning in California

K-12 task force is appointed to study accessibility gaps in civic learning. View summary article in EdSource

2014-08-01 00:00:00

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

K-12 Task Force on Civic Learning presents findings, issues final report.

2016-07-14 00:00:00

State Board of Education Includes Civics in New Framework

"This framework adds considerable information on civic learning, consistent with the work of the California Task Force on K–12 Civic Learning."

2017-02-15 00:00:00

Second Civic Learning Summit

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy adds his support.

2017-10-01 00:00:00

Incentivizing Civic Engagement

Legislation recognizes achievements in civics. Members of the Power of Democracy Steering Committee contribute to drafting criteria.

2018-03-01 00:00:00

Judges in the Classroom Pilot

The Power of Democracy pilots an outreach program matching teachers with judges to expand access to civics.

2020-03-05 20:59:53

Civic Learning Awards Honor 75 California Schools

The annual award was first presented in 2013 and is co-sponsored by the Chief Justice and State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Power of Democracy Civic Learning Initiative

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