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State awarding Boulder Creek for civics

Staff Report~ 8/21/2013

Boulder Creek High School in the Deer Valley Unified School District was named Aug. 14 as a School of Merit, making it one of 20 Arizona Civic Engagement schools recognized by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).
The Anthem-based high school will be formally awarded at a Sept. 17 ceremony, which appropriately coincides with Constitution Day. The honor is part of ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program (ECEP).
Launched last October, the ECEP was designed to support the role schools play to ensure that students are informed and engaged citizens.
The program recognizes schools that implement the principles discussed within the “Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools,” a report produced by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, in partnership with several other organizations including the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics, the National Conference on Citizenship, Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and the American Bar Association Division for Public Education.
The report provides research-based evidence of the decline in civic learning in American schools and presents six proven practices to reinforce civic learning in the classroom. These practices include classroom instruction, discussion of current events and controversial issues, learning-based community service, extracurricular activities, student participation in school governance and simulations of democratic processes.
Lauren Sheahan, principal at Boulder Creek High School, said that students and faculty participate in activities to increase community involvement, demonstrate personal responsibility and promote connections in an interdependent society.