Civic Learning Initiative

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Honorable Ruth Montenegro Imperial County Judge Elect  presents award to Gail Ziegler, 4th grade teacher from Phil Swing. Some of Mrs. Ziegler's students stand with her.
Honorable Ruth Montenegro Imperial County Judge Elect presents award to Gail Ziegler, 4th grade teacher from Phil Swing. Some of Mrs. Ziegler’s students stand with her.

 

BRAWLEY – Four elementary teachers on November 17 were honored with the first Civic Learning Initiative Award at the BUHS library, which was filled with prominent members of the community and the state to witness this momentous occasion.

Frances Nunez, kindergarten teacher at Phil Swing, won the K-1st grade award. Cheryl Charlton, 3rd grade teacher at Witter, won her division, Gayle Ziegler, 4th grade teacher at Phil Swing, took the 4th-5th grade category, and Ricardo Reyes, a 7th and 8th grade history teacher at Barbara Worth Junior High, also received the award.

Brawley Mayor Don Campbell, Honorable Ruth Montenegro, BUHS Principal Simon Canalez, and BUHS Teacher Jose Flores judged the participants, according to their ability to teach the concepts laid out in the “Campaign for Civic Mission of Schools, 6 Proven Practices.”

The practices included Classroom Instruction, Current Event Discussion, Community Service Learning, Extracurricular Activities, School Self Governance, and Simulation of Democratic Processes.

The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Fran Chadwick from Cal State San Marcos, spoke on the importance of civic education in our schools and he applauded the amazing progress Brawley has made, especially through Jose Flores, recipient of the Civic Learning Award of Excellence, the highest award given to Civic teachers in the state, and how he has brought civic learning to the fore front.

After earning the top award three years in a row, Jose Flores was asked to be an advisor to the California Department of Education to create a new framework for civic education in California for elementary grades.

He won the award during his first year after starting his program and was 1 of 3 top winners in the entire state of California to win and said, “To have a purpose and be engaged in the community is the main purpose of the civics program.”

The new civics program was implemented this year.

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