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ERIC Number: ED561911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Advancing Civic Learning with Administrative Authority
Delander, Brady; Millard, Maria
Education Commission of the States
Legislating civics education initiatives can be an arduous process that takes time and resources, and requires buy-in from various stakeholders. Some state officials--including superintendents of public education and chief justices--have used their authority to more quickly advance civics education initiatives and programs without legislation. California and Montana, through the leadership of their state judiciaries and superintendents of public instruction, have taken steps to expand civics education through administrative directives. Such directives may be an expedited way to implement civics initiatives, though the challenge then becomes finding ways to sustain them. The California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning is a combined effort of California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, with funding from the California Bar Association. Among its many charges, the task force made recommendations intended to improve overall civic skills and dispositions in the state. In Montana, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau's Civic Education Institute offered two days of professional development to every secondary social studies and civics teacher in the state, bringing in national experts to highlight and explain the top resources available. This report provides an overview of those efforts. [This report is the fourth in a series of reports examining state initiatives related to civic education. For the other reports: "Florida and Tennessee: Accountability in Civic Education," see ED561922; "States Address Civics with Mandated Task Forces," ED561924; and "Florida and Illinois: Civics Initiatives, No Law Required," ED561917.]
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: State Farm
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States; National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement (NCLCE)
Identifiers - Location: California; Montana