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Thursday, February 21 • 2:15pm - 4:00pm
Democracy at Risk: Leadership to Prepare ALL Students for Responsible and Informed Civic Engagement

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The current political climate, characterized by a lack of civil discourse, distrust of government institutions, and failure to govern effectively is being modeled for our young people on a daily basis. As educators, we have a responsibility to reverse this trend by preparing the next generation to be actively and responsibly engaged in civic life. Learn how these educational leaders and civic learning champions are leading the charge to engage all students in high quality civic learning in their local districts and across the state. Embrace the mission of the Power of Democracy led by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the California Civic Learning Awards, the California State Seal of Civic Engagement, California Democracy Schools, and other initiatives to help you fulfill the civic mission of our schools and impact state priorities on the California Dashboard. Meet a student who will discuss the impact of real-life civic engagement experiences on their learning, skill set, and commitment to democratic processes in their future. The future of our democracy is in our hands. We are here to help.

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Debra Duardo

County Superintendent, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Debra Duardo was appointed Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors effective May 15, 2016, designating her as the top education leader of the nation’s most populous and diverse county.Previously executive director of Student Health... Read More →
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Michelle Herczog

Coordinator III, History-Social Science, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Michelle Herczog is responsible for providing professional development, resources, and support for K-12 social studies educators throughout the 80 school districts of Los Angeles County.  She is a Past President of the National Council for the Social Studies and served as Vice-Chair... Read More →

Michael B. Matsuda

Superintendent, Anaheim Union High School District

Michael Lundgren

Principal, Bellflower Middle/High School, Bellflower Unified School District

Bill Honig

Former Chair of the Instructional Quality Commission, Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Tom Adams

Deputy Superintendent, Teaching and Learning Support Branch, California Department of Education
Thomas Adams, Ph.D., was appointed Deputy Superintendent of the Teaching and Learning Support Branch at the California Department of Education in December 2015. Previously, he served as Director of the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division and as Executive Director... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:15pm - 4:00pm PST
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