• Alameda County

    Civic Learning Collaborative 

    Civics

     

    The Alameda County Civic Learning Collaborative (CLC) is a partnership of the Alameda County Superior Courts, the Alameda County Bar Association, and the Alameda County Office of Education (on behalf of the county's 18 school districts) dedicated to supporting civic readiness.   The CLC convenes, promotes and supports meaningful, relevant civic learning opportunities for young people across Alameda County.  

    Civic Action Award Programs

    New: President's Volunteer Service Award

    The CLC was recently approved as a sponsor for the Presidents Volunteer Service Award!  All high school students in Alameda County are eligible to apply.  There are three tiers--Gold, Silver and Bronze--based on the number of verified hours of community service completed. Click here to apply for the award.  Applications are due by March 31st 2023.  

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    State Seal of Civic Engagement

    A great way to encourage and reward student civic engagement is through the State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) which can be affixed to students' transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of completion.  Strategies and processes for districts to implement the SSCE will be shared and discussed at the May 5th CLC meeting.
    Resources for implementing the SSCE:

     

     


    Featured Program: Judges and Attorneys in the Classroom 

    History Teachers: Have you ever wondered what it would be like for you and your students to interact directly with senior Attorneys and Superior Court Judges, around relevant content?   The Alameda County Bar Association, in collaboration with the Courts, has developed an easy way to do just that.  Teachers simply choose from a menu of topics, and indicate a preferred date and time, and pairs of Attorneys and Judges join the class via zoom (ideally in person in the near future) for a 30-50 minute session.  Topics include: 

    • How to become a judge/attorney
    • Intro to voting and the electoral college
    • The three branches of government + the Fourth Estate
    • Right to protest and civil disobedience
    • 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
    • Bill of Rights

    Teachers who have taken advantage of this opportunity report that they and their students find the experience stimulating and enriching. Sign up today! 


    Why Civic Readiness? Why Now?

    Although civic readiness has long been seen as central to a functioning democracy, events of the past few years laid bare the urgent need for young people to be more equipped than ever with the civic knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to navigate our increasingly complex, tumultuous socio-political landscape, and to actively contribute to making the world a better place.  While public schools have long been expected to shoulder that responsibility, the Civic Learning Collaborative recognizes that schools, still grappling with the effects of a pandemic, are a bit, shall we say, busy--and thus need all the support they can get!   


    WATCH: USC Dean of Education Pedro Noguera on "How Educators can Revitalize Civics"


    LISTEN:  Ever wonder what the Supreme Court justices are like, and how they think? -->LISTEN: Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Mississippi abortion law


    Civic Engagement Resources


    Civic Engagement: Voting! 

    There are several great opportunities for schools in Alameda County to engage students in civic learning activities specifically related to voting.  


     


     

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    Save the Date! Jan 11: CLC Meeting #3

    The next meeting of the Alameda County Civic Learning Collaborative is scheduled for Wed Jan 11, from 4:15 to 5:30 pm.  Register Here!  Upon registering, you will receive a zoom link via email.  Agenda to come...


    May is Law Month! Law Day

    Alameda County agencies will be hosting a variety of events in honor of Law Day (May 10) and Law Month (May). For more information, download the Flyer and Information Sheet.

     
  • Contact

    Ben Sanders

    Ben Sanders, Ed.D.
    Director I,                    Core Learning 
    (510) 670-7751
    bsanders@acoe.org