Civic Learning Collaborative
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.
The CLC was officially launched with a well-attended Kick-off session on March 16 which included a keynote by Superintendent Monroe, a panel discussion on Civics, and presentations on implementing the State Seal of Civic Engagement (including one by High School Students from Hayward and Pleasanton). Here is a link to the resources shared during the Kickoff.
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!
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Civic Engagement Resources
- Civic Learning Resource Padlet
- Resources to Support Civic Engagement (from the CDE)
- Civic Learning Award for California Public Schools
Civic Engagement: Voting!
There are several great opportunities for schools in Alameda County to engage students in civic learning activities specifically related to voting.
- Register/Pre-Register to Vote!
- Online pre-registration is available for eligible 16 and 17 year olds by visiting registertovote.ca.gov. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.
- Poll Workers. High School students as young as 16 are eligible to serve as paid poll workers. "Earn as you learn!"
- Voter Registration Drive Tuesday, September 20 is National Voter Registration Day, and thus a good day to host a voter Registration day at your school
- Democracy Central: A Teacher’s Guide to California’s Statewide Elections. Loads of useful instructional resources regarding voting and elections
Save the Date! May 19th: CLC Meeting #2
The next meeting of the Alameda County Civic Learning Collaborative is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th, from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. Register Here! Upon registering, you will receive a zoom link via email (If you registered for the first meeting, no need to re-register--you will be receiving a link to the next meeting soon). Agenda to come...
May is Law Month!
State Seal of Civic EngagementA 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:State Seal of Civic Engagement Webinar (Password: %fY30@.u)