Input sought on draft civic ed blueprint

The California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning is rolling out its draft recommendations for improving civic learning in California’s K-12 schools. 

Meetings have been scheduled across the state to gather input as the task force prepares a blueprint to address five key areas of civic learning: curriculum and instructional practices; resources; professional learning; student assessment and school accountability; and community and business partnerships.

Meetings will be held:

• March 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, LAX.

• March 20, 9-11 a.m. Larry E. Reider Education Center, Bakersfield.

• March 24, 1-3 p.m. San Diego Central Library.

• March 25, 1-3 p.m. Roy C. Hill Education Center, San Bernardino.

• March 28, 9-11 am., state Capitol, Room 126, Sacramento.

• April 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oakland City Hall.

At these meetings, members of the task force will present their draft recommendations and solicit feedback from a diverse group of community members, including educators, students, policymakers, elected officials, the business community, labor groups, religious groups and the general public.  

The task force will review the feedback and finalize the blueprint that will be shared with elected officials, the media, and the public this summer to guide future policy discussions and possible legislation to improve K-12 civic learning in California. 

The civics initiative was launched last year by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Members of the Task Force include ACSA, California State PTA, California School Boards Association, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational fund, California League of Women Voters, California Bar Foundation, State Bar of California, California Chamber of Commerce, and many others who believe public schools must do more to prepare students to become responsible, actively engaged citizens in a democratic society

A strong background in civic learning has been found to significantly contribute to future success in the workforce and in building informed, healthy communities.

To read the draft recommendations and for more information visit www.myboe.org/go/groups/CivicLearningTaskforce.

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