California state board of education introduces seals of civic engagement

A new Seal of Civic Engagement will soon be available to California students who demonstrate excellence in civic participation and leadership.

The California State Board of Education approved criteria for the seal last week. Requirements were developed by California history and social science teachers in conjunction with the California Department of Education (CDE). They include a demonstrated understanding of the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the American democratic system.

“The future of our democracy depends on a knowledgeable and actively engaged citizenry,” said State Board President Linda Darling-Hammond. “With this new seal, we hope to prepare all students with an empathetic concern for others, a deep understanding of democracy, and the civic engagement skills needed to contribute to the welfare of their local communities, the state, and the country.”

“We know that when young people activate their voices, they can be among the strongest change agents in our communities,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Education is the cornerstone of realizing our democratic ideals, and this new seal puts additional tools in students’ hands as they work to shape the future.”

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