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Exploring the Environment of Civic Action (For K-5 Teachers)
The San Diego County Office of Education is pleased to partner with the Orange County Department of Education and the California Global Education Project on this FREE two-part, web-based workshop. Participating teachers will learn about the History-Social Science Framework, and the environmental principles and concepts embedded within. Participants will receive lesson plans and materials focusing on environmental literacy, and they will have time to collaborate to adapt the lesson plans to their own classrooms. After implementing the lessons, they will meet again to discuss how the lessons went and share ideas for how the lessons might be implemented in the future. 

Session Dates and Times: 
Meeting 1: March 23, 2021 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm 
Meeting 2: April 27, 2021 from 4:00-5:30 pm

Please register here

Ninth Circuit Civics Contest
“What Does Our American Community Ask of Us?” is the theme of a civics
contest focusing on these important issues. Students are encouraged to discuss this theme with reference to the Constitution, and to consider historical examples or other relevant events in American history, in their entries. 
The contest is open to high school students in the Ninth Circuit (made up of nine
western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions). Students from public, private,
parochial and charter schools and home-schooled students of equivalent grade
status may enter. Children of federal judges, chambers staff, and employees of
federal court offices are not eligible to participate.
See the contest flyer and rules for more information about how your students can participate. Questions should be directed to the Office of the Circuit Executive, (415) 355-8873 / civicscontest@ce9.uscourts.gov

Civic Learning Showcase
The San Diego County Civic Learning Partnership is planning this year’s Civic Learning Showcase. The showcase provides students an opportunity to share their experiences as they engage in civic engagement activities, and teachers have an opportunity to learn about how they could provide their students with a chance to enhance their own civic learning experiences. Please register your interest in being either a participant or a presenter by completing this brief survey. To learn more, see this flyer.  

California Civic Learning Award
The Civic Learning Award for public schools is co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. The award is designed to recognize the role of public schools in preparing students for participation in our democratic system. The award celebrates successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools. Since the inception of this award, several San Diego County schools have been recognized for their civic learning programs.

San Diego County Office of Education Distance Learning Units of Study
The San Diego County Office of Education Curriculum and Instruction, MEGA, and Innovation Departments have collaborated to design distance learning units of study in grades K-12 that are focused on grade level essential learnings in each content area. These units were purposefully designed to integrate content, provide flexibility and choice. The units of study connect content in the following areas: ELA, ELD, Mathematics, Science, History/Social Science, Arts, Computer Science, and Physical Education through integrated study in K-5 and thematic units in grades 6 through high school. Assessment opportunities (formative and summative) and student feedback are embedded and intentionally developed. These open-source units are being developed in Google to ensure maximum flexibility for districts to use them with their preferred distance learning instructional platform.

Online Workshops on the U.S. Constitution
The Los Angeles County Office of Education is inviting educators from across California to participate in monthly webinars it is conducting in partnership with the National Constitution Center. Below is a schedule of workshops and registration links.