“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Civic Engagement

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Justice Huffman presents Justice Civic Learning Award of Distinction to Poway High School 2013

Justice Huffman and Students Poway 2013

Justice Huffman meets with award winning Poway High School students

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Court of Appeal Justice Judith Haller with Flora Vista Elementary award recipients

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Civic Learning Awards 2017: Flora Vista Elementary

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Civic Learning Awards 2017: Flora Vista Elementary

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Major General Raymond Murray High School students engage at Color of Justice at San Diego Superior Court, North County

Color of Justice

Color of Justice 2018 at San Diego Superior Court, North County with Major General Raymond Murray High School. Judge Michael Washington and Commissioner Pennie McLaughlin hosted.


El Camino Creek Elementary School

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San Diego is part of a larger statewide effort that originated with our California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California Department of Education of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson which examined civic learning by forming the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning. This task force provided the blue print for action which provides recommendations on improving civic learning opportunities in all grade levels. The Power of Democracy Steering Committee has now replaced the Task Force, which is the statewide effort of which San Diego is one of the participating counties dedicated to working with educators and the community in providing civics learning opportunities using the six pillars of success.

Featured Event

Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education across our Community, April 17th, 2019 8:30-12:00

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”Thomas Jefferson.

The focus for the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement’s 2019 Conference is Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education across our Community. The conference will convene educational and civic leaders from across our region and state to discuss current best practices and strategies to improve Civic education and literacy for students and across our broader community. Democracies can die in an age of post-truth. This conference is a broad call to action to restore truth, factions and knowledge to our public discourse.

This event is free. Please register in advance.

Featured Keynote Speaker: Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California:

The Critical Role of Civic Education in Sustaining Democracy”

Scholarship Opportunity

The California Judges Association is sponsoring an essay contest emphasizing the importance of an independent and impartial judiciary. The contest will be held in six regions of the state and the winner in each region will receive a $2000 scholarship.   A grand prize winner will be selected from the regional winners and will receive a $5000 scholarship. The deadline to submit essays is February 28, 2019.

Featured Resource: iCivics

iCivics provides free, quality, non-partisan, and truly engaging civic education to more than 5 million students in all 50 states. Games and lesson plans transform abstract concepts into real-life problems. Young people learn how government works by experiencing it. They step into the role of a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist, even the President of the United States – and do the job they do. Students gain civic knowledge and skills because the learning experience is fun and challenging. They learn without even realizing it.

Students from the Encinitas Union School District illustrate why it is critical to  “Understand Your Rights!”