California Civic Learning Initiative (CCLI) 

The California Civic Learning Initiative (CCLI) is an initiative of Teach Democracy (formerly Constitutional Rights Foundation), together with Lead Partners and Coalition Agencies, to improve and expand civic learning in California, with an emphasis on increasing access for all students to earn the California State Seal of Civic Engagement on their high school diplomas. (read more)

Dave Gordon

Chair Leading CCLI Policy Work
Californians for Civic Learning

Dr. Michelle Herczog​

Chair Leading CCLI Practice Work​
Los Angeles County Office of Education 

Lead Partners 

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in partnership with:

Berkeley Law
California Chief Justice's Power of Democracy Civic Learning Initiative
Californians for Civic Learning
Center for Civic Education
Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California Riverside
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
USC Rossier School of Education


power of democracy
California for Civic Learning
center for civic education
Civic Engagenment Research Group
Reagan Library


Coalition Agencies


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 CEC logo  creatingcitizens  fusd logo  integrated civic
 jsa  leadcalif logo  lacoe logo2  naleo ed
 scoe logo  treedom  Tulare Couunty office of Education vcoe 



California State Seal of Civic Engagement Resources


Background information on the State Seal of Civic Engagement, detailed information on the criteria for achieving the seal, along with implementation guidance and implementation resources for local educational agencies (LEAs).
Resources to assist teachers in helping students demonstrate productive academic workt, as well as competence in understanding the U.S. Constitution; tribal government; the role of citizens in constitutional democracy; and democratic principles, concepts, and processes.
Resources aligned to the criteria for the State Seal of Civic Engagement to support students in being recognized and celebrated for their civic engagement. 
Instructional resources dedicated to the State Seal of Civic Engagement available for Grades 4 – 12. 
Resources  to assist school districts in Los Angeles County with designing and implementing plans to engage students civically, beginning in elementary school to earn the State Seal of Civic Engagement on a transcript, diploma, or certificate of completion in grades 11 or 12.

Upcoming Events


November 18

California Convening for K–12 Civic Learning
California civic learning leaders come together to focus on ways that educators and agencies are working to expand civic learning for all the California Endowment in Los Angeles.
Teach Democracy, Californians for Civic Learning, Civic Education Center, Civic Engagement Research Group at UC Riverside, USC Rossier School of Education

September 7

20th Annual Southern California Constitutiona Day Conference
Workshops and classroom resources for elementary, middle, and high school teachers at at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley.
Teach Democracy, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Center for Civic Education, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Ventura County Office of Education, Simi Valley Unified School District, and Moorpark Unified School District.

February 13

California Civic Learning State Summit
Meet with and hear from education leaders, and state and local policymakers in Sacramento.
Californians for Civic Learning, Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Sacramento County Office of Education

February 12-13

Youth Civic Engagement Program
Youth are invited to join a program to learn about civic engagement, present at the CCL State Summit, and meet with state legislators.
Civic Education Center, Californians for Civic Learning, Public Policy Institute of California

September 9

19th Annual Constitution Day Conference
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute

July 29
Civic Learning Mini-Conference at Berkeley Law
California Civic Learning Initiative

May 18 
Civic Action Project Expo
Constitutional Rights Foundation

May 4
Youth & Police Civic Learning Event LAPD Police Commission
Constitutional Rights Foundation

May 1
Zoom call for State Superintendents with Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent Debra Duardo and Sacramento County Office of Education Superintendent Dave Gordon
California Civic Learning Inititative (By Invitation)
April 25
Classroom to Courtroom (Federal District Court)
Constitutional Rights Foundation (Closed)
April 19
Civic Learning Network Session 2
Ventura County Office of Education (Open to VCOE Educatorse



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