Democracy School Program 2019 Revue

See highlights of the 2018-19 Democracy School Program in 12 schools in Fresno, Fowler and Sanger School Districts.

Democracy School Program Showcase

See highlights of student civic service projects from 10 elementary, middle and high schools in Fresno County at the Showcase at Sunnyside High School on May 13, 2019.

Democracy Program Podcast (28 minutes)

Looking at Social Justice: The Civic Education Center’s Democracy Program

Dr. John Minkler shares the history and future expansion of the Democracy School Program.

Nation is facing a civic crisis

Read the Valley Voices editorial by John Minkler, Nation is Facing a Crisis, about the Democracy School Program

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The Social Justice Podcast with Stephen Morris

Dr. Stephen Morris interviewed by Jim Grant as part of the Social Justice Podcast series.  Steve talks about his story with social justice and education, co-founding the Civic Education Center.  


The California Seal of Civic Engagement, from CA law AB24, will be awarded for “demonstrated excellence in civics education… and voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities.”  The Civic Education Center is working with Fresno Unified School District to develop a regional award to recognize civic knowledge, skills, and service for graduating seniors.  Students who earn this award will have an advantage in job applications and with college applications and scholarships.  It also gives education and community leaders an indication of how many graduates demonstrate civic competence.  It becomes a tool to measure the effectiveness of civic education in high schools.

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