Civic Learning Awards

civic learning award logoThe awards recognize and celebrate public schools K-12 that demonstrate a commitment to providing rich civic learning opportunities for students. 

The program is coordinated by the Power of Democracy Civic Learning Initiative and co-sponsored by Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. 

The Civic Learning Awards were first presented in 2012 and have recognized more than 400 public schools of all grade levels across California.

APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN 2024 Civic Learning Awards

DEADLINE: March 31, 2024


About the Awards
The Chief Justice of California and State Superintendent of Public Instruction co-sponsor the Civic Learning Awards for California public schools. The award recognizes school-driven civic learning efforts. To apply, schools describe how they incorporate the six research-based proven practices in civic learning, as outlined in the Guardians of Democracy Report. Emphasis is placed on the depth and breadth of their efforts, and most award-winning schools require their entire student body to receive at least one high-quality civic education experience during the school year.




Important Dates:

September (Constitution Month) 2023 Award of Excellence visits by Chief Justice

March 1, 2024: Applications open for 2023-2024 Civic Learning Awards