Special Programs for Students and Teachers

Civic Learning Award

The Civic Learning Award applications are now available. The Civic Learning Award celebrates public schools' efforts to engage students in civic learning. The award program also identifies models that can be replicated in other schools. Co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, award winners are announced in February.

Civic Learning Award Webinar

Do schools in your district have questions about how to win a top Civic Learning Award?  If so, those interested are invited to participate in a webinar with teachers from Civic Learning Award Schools of Excellence who will share resources and tips on Oct. 11, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Sign up here:  https://form.jotform.com/72688670284166

2019 CA Democracy School Application Packet

The California Democracy School Project, funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, is designed to institutionalize civic learning in high schools to prepare ALL students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century. The project strengthens existing initiatives including the Common Core State Standards, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. AWARD APPLICATION for California Elementary, Middle, and High Schools Application Packet is now available.  Application Deadline: March 1, 2019. 

Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

In partnership with "The “1939” Club, one of the largest and most active Holocaust survivor organizations in the United States, and with the support of the Samueli Foundation and others, the Rodgers Center annually sponsors an art and writing contest for middle and high school students. 

Focusing on themes central both to the Holocaust and to ethical decision making in our world today, the contest gives students from public, private and parochial schools the opportunity to share their creative  works in response to survivors’ oral testimonies.

Representatives and educators from each school attend the awards ceremony where they meet Holocaust survivors. For information regarding this year's contest, please contact cioffi@chapman.edu or 714.628-7377 or visit Chapman University’s Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Information Web Page.

Constitution Day

Constitution Day takes place on September 17th every year.  All agencies receiving federal funds commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on or about September 17th.  The Orange County Department of Education and partner organizations offer a number of resources and events for teachers and students.

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation - OC Annual Constitution Day Event for High School Students, learn more!

  • Constitution Day Seminar coming soon, check back for more details!

Free online resources from the Federal Government:

The People v. Goldie Locks Lesson Plans: Download

 Heroes Hall

 Heroes Hall at the OC Fair & Event Center is a free, permanent, year-round museum with exhibitions, performances and educational programs that celebrate the legacy of Orange County veterans and others who have served our nation. The two-story exhibition space will rotate themes semi-annually with each focusing on an aspect of the personal stories and experiences of veterans.

​More information can be found by visiting the website.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grants:

NHD-OC News 2018 - 2019   Online Registration is not currently open  Visit the NHD-OC Store​​​​​​​

Teaching about the Holocaust: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education

Every year the United States Memorial Museum, in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC), will present "Teaching about the Holocaust: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education', a three-day teacher professional development forum. The program will take place at USC and is offered free to teachers. More information can be found by visiting United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

Lesson Plans and Projects 

Project Based Learning
National Geographic Geography Bee

Historical Organizations and Foundations  

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

UCI History Project

The UCI History Project connects university scholars and resources with middle and high school teachers in the areas of World and U.S. History.  You’ll want to be sure to get on their email list for information regarding workshops, seminars, and institutes!  For more information, visit the website.