Resources

There are many resources available, through a wide variety of websites, for teachers, parents, and students to engage in civic learning.  We have gathered some of them here, and will continue to add to these resources. Please click on each header in order to access resource websites and further information. We welcome feedback and additions via our contact on the home page.

California Judicial Branch Fact Sheet

The California court system—the largest in the nation, with approximately 2,000 judicial officers and more than 6 million cases—serves more than 39 million people. The state Constitution vests the judicial power of California in the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and superior courts. The Constitution also provides for the formation and functions of the Judicial Council, the policymaking body for the judicial branch.

Civic Learning Partnership Toolkit 

This Civic Learning Partnership Toolkit is a sample roadmap for starting a Civic Learning Partnership in your county, based on findings from the six pilot partnerships throughout the state.

Civic Learning Research & Local Control Accountability Plan PowerPoint 

This PowerPoint was presented during the Civic Learning Summit 2.0 Working Group Afternoon Session.

Digital Chalkboard 

A place for California educators to share resources.

Digital Civics Toolkit

The Digital Civics Toolkit is a collection of resources for educators to support youth to explore, recognize, and take seriously the civic potentials of digital life. The Toolkit draws on the research and work of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP).  The Toolkit explores a range of civic opportunities and dilemmas via 5 modules focused on: Exploring Community Issues, Investigation, Dialogue, Voice, and Action.

History-Social Science Framework and Assessment PowerPoint

This PowerPoint was presented during the Civic Learning Summit 2.0 Working Group Afternoon Session.

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.

Literacy and the Law

Designed to engage K-12 students in civic learning through free units that include mock trials.

Street Law

A global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with more than 40 years of experience developing classroom and community programs that educate young people about law and government. Street Law programs and materials help advance justice by empowering people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others.

Visitors Guide to the California Superior Court

Serving over 35 million Californians, the superior courts work to resolve a wide and complex range of civil and criminal disputes with a commitment to equality and fairness.

We the People Open Course

The We the People Open Course on Learn.civiced.org  is a free opportunity for educators and others to learn more about the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional democracy.