Civic Learning Initiative

Power of Democracy

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye is committed to a broad and far-reaching effort to improve civic learning and engagement in California. This initiative, known as the Power of Democracy campaign, is supported by statewide partners who help revitalize democracy and promote access to justice in California.

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The Power of Democracy Steering Committee is charged with overseeing the implementation of the Chief Justice‚Äôs Civic Learning Initiative, including related recommendations of the Commission of the Impartial Courts.

Civic Learning Award

The award program now in its 7th year identifies models in public schools that engage youth in civics learning. Co-sponsored by Chief Justice and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, award winners are announced in February.

Lessons & Resources

Find a lesson plan for your class developed by California teachers to engage K-12 students in learning about the courts, and other related civics lessons. All lessons were field tested and meet California Content Standards.