The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) aims to grow and develop youth of our county into thoughtful global citizens who are empowered to take action that benefits their community and our world. Its civics initiative is based on the State’s Civic Learning initiative, but is unique in its approach—it is not an “add-on” for teachers, but is integrated into their classwork. 

One Book • One County

Research shows that when families and communities are involved, students’ educational opportunities are increased as well as their academic achievement. One Book • One County fosters community and discussion through literacy by inviting people to share a reading experience. This program is designed to inspire enthusiasm for reading and spark conversations that promote understanding of important social issues and topics.

2019 Book: March: Book One

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. March: Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Learn more about March: Book One. and find resources for educators and community organizations.