Marshall Fundamental Wins Top State Award for Civic Education Program

Published : Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 1:00 PM

Marshall Fundamental Secondary School is the recipient of the “Award of Excellence,” the highest honor in the annual Civic Learning Awards program sponsored by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The award honors Marshall’s annual civic education program that has focused on drought, transportation, and waste management. Marshall is among three schools in the state to earn the top award. The Chief Justice visits schools receiving Awards of Excellence.

“Congratulations to the students of Marshall,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “Marshall’s dynamic program is creating avenues for students to connect classroom learning with local, national, and global issues, and actively engages them in having a positive impact on the world around them.”

Each year, Marshall students study specific problems that impact their lives, such as drought, transportation, and waste management. Using a project-based learning approach, they research the issues before drafting plans, legislation, and grant proposals. Students then present their grant proposals to panels of industry professionals and policymakers, and get an in-depth look at the way local and regional public policies are developed.

“I’m thrilled that Marshall is getting recognition for this important program,” said Dr. Mark Anderson, Principal of Marshall Fundamental. “The annual project actively engages students in real-world problems that impact their lives and creates avenues for them to acquire deeper knowledge, explore challenges, and develop solutions.”

The Chief Justice visits each school that receives the Awards of Excellence.

“It is inspiring to see so many schools developing the next generation of leaders through civic education,” said Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye. “In the end, civics education promotes civic engagement.”

The statewide Civic Learning Awards program celebrates public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. In addition to the Awards of Excellence, six other schools received Awards of Distinction and 65 received Awards of Merit.

“These schools provide great examples of how to creatively and effectively teach civics to our students,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “Civics is a critical component of our education system. It helps prepare our students for college, and also to be active participants in civic life, which is critical to maintaining a vibrant democracy.”

Launched at the 2013 Civic Learning Summit, the awards have recognized more than 200 schools.

Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, 990 North Allen Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 396-5810 or visit









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