This new award for high school graduates who demonstrate civic responsibility is a powerful tool to motivate students to apply the knowledge, skills, and values of American citizenship. CEC worked with Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) to plan for implementation with a group of students from several high schools, which they presented to the VUSD Board of Trustees. Their resolution passed unanimously! As consultants, CEC helped Fresno USD and Sanger USD develop their Seal criteria and several dozen graduates received the award this week.
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.