Pendleton High School teacher Brian Johnson was recently named a 2017-2018 Civic Scholar by state Senator Bill Hansell for Senate District 29.
Every state legislator has named two teachers from their district to be Civic Scholars, a program that is part of a statewide initiative to enhance high quality professional development in civic education for teachers.
With the recognition of Civic Scholar, teachers receive free registration for the Civics Conference for Teachers at the Oregon State Capitol in December 2017. The conference features presentations from each branch of Oregon government as well as strategies from master teachers. The scholars also receive special recognition at the conference, substitute pay while they are away from their classroom and follow-up classroom assistance.
“Mr. Johnson is highly regarded by his students and peers alike. He embodies everything that is good about public educators -- holding high expectations for all students and providing them the appropriate support to reach those expectations. Mr. Johnson is very deserving of this award,” said Chris Fritsch, district superintendent.
Johnson is a social studies teacher (Civics/Economics, AP Government, AP U.S. History) who has taught in the Pendleton School District for 24 years.
The Civic Scholar program is sponsored by the Classroom Law Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing youth to become active, engaged and informed participants in democratic society. According to Barbara Rost, Program Director of the Classroom Law Project, “Now more than ever teachers need support around teaching controversial issues, current events and changing content. The Civics Conference at the state capitol will provide resources to help fill the gap.”