Simi Valley USD

Robert LaBelle, Board President; Jason Peplinski, Superintendent

Civics Leadership, a connected learning program of the Simi Valley USD, was birthed in 2012 at Royal High School, then expanded into Sinaloa Middle School and Madera Elementary School in fall 2016. Civics Leadership takes K-12 students on a strategic continuum of learning about the ideals of American democracy and responsible leadership for the purpose of developing better citizens. This is accomplished through a targeted elementary curriculum and civics professional development for Madera’s teachers, Sinaloa’s civics focus classes and comprehensive multi-pronged programs at Royal, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and Ronald Reagan Citizen Scholar Institute. The cornerstones of the Civics Leadership program are the successful and thriving partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, and our amazing educators. All three schools were honored this year as Civic Learning Award recipients.