Pasadena School Celebrates Civic Learning Award of Distinction

5th grade \From left. Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald watch the Civic Learning Award presentations.5th grade \Members of the Pasadena Unified School District with local Pasadena dignitaries watch the Civic Learning Award presentations.Willard Elementary School students take part in the Civic Learning Award ceremony.Willard Elementary School students take part in the Civic Learning Award ceremony.Dr. Angela E. Baxter the Principal at Willard Elementary School, left, receives a letter of acknowledgement from Supervisor Kathryn Barger.Dr. Angela E. Baxter the Principal at Willard Elementary School with Justice Lee Smalley Edmon and Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald with student from Willard Elementary School\'s \Willard Elementary School \

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

10:21 am | May 3, 2019

Pasadena Unified’s Willard Elementary, an International Baccalaureate school, hosted an awards presentation on Friday, May 1 to celebrate its Civic Learning Learning Award of Distinction.

The Civic Learning Award presentation featured special guests, including Second District Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, and other civic leaders.

The morning’s guests got a first-hand look at the school’s civics program and had an opportunity to interact with students and teachers.

Co-sponsored by the California Supreme Court Chief Justice and the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Civic Learning Award celebrates public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning and identifies models that can be replicated in other schools.

Willard is among six schools in California to earn the Award of Distinction this year.

Pasadena Unified’s Marshall Fundamental received the program’s 2018 Award of Excellence.

The Civic Learning Awards are part of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s Civic Learning Initiative, a broad and far-reaching effort supported by statewide partners to improve civic learning and engagement in California. Among the initiative’s newest programs is “Judges in the Classroom,” a pilot effort in four counties to pair judges with local educators to teach students about the judicial branch.