The CSBA Golden Bell Awards promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.
This awards program highlights best practices in education in all areas of operations, instruction and support services by:
- seeking out and recognizing key governance practices that support, sustain and inspire the creation and continuance of exemplary education programs
- seeking out and recognizing sustainable, innovative or exemplary programs which have been developed and successfully implemented by California teachers and administrators
- recognizing and supporting educators who invest extra energy and time to make a demonstrated difference for students
- promoting models with positive student outcomes
- focusing on the commitment to ensure that the needs of targeted students are met
Includes the display of successful models, techniques and data related to assessing student achievement and/or program effectiveness on a districtwide basis and for ensuring district accountability. LCAP aligned
Includes unique programs that support student learning and achievement through the implementation of non-traditional learning opportunities.
Includes the display of successful models, techniques and supporting data focused on efforts to prepare students for both career and college, such as linked learning; career pathways; regional occupation programs; career exploration opportunities; etc. in supporting programs that focus on career and technical education. Sponsored by United Association California Apprenticeship Coordinators, $1,000 award eligible
Includes comprehensive strategies to engage students in the democratic process; collaborations with civic organizations to advance civic education and/or programs; and opportunities for hands-on civic engagement experiences.
Includes the display of successful models, techniques and supporting data focused on programs that help narrow and close the academic achievement gap for under-performing student groups that have been prioritized in the budgeting process and included in the LCAP. Such efforts may include data driven intervention strategies, meaningful disaggregation of student performance data, culturally relevant pedagogy, a focus on integration, course access and professional development focused on closing the gap. Sponsored by Professional Business Affiliates
Includes efforts to implement the community school strategy, which is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school, city, county and the community. Characteristics include a shared vision, shared leadership and shared accountability; core educational programming; strong family engagement; expansion of learning opportunities; shared resources and a comprehensive set of integrated services designed to meet the full range of learning and developmental needs of the students.
Includes county services to school districts, regional consortia and alternative education programs including juvenile court and community schools. Programs are eligible for the Apple for Excellence Award, from The California County Boards of Education.
Includes models that utilize interdisciplinary teaching, thematic instruction, learning styles, technology and other innovative or exemplary instructional strategies and integrated programs that will be successful within the lens of the California Standards.
Programs may be submitted in any of the following specific programmatic or curricular areas:
- English / Reading / Language Arts
- Foreign Language
- History / Social Science
- Integrated Content Sponsored by Associate Business Affiliates, $1,000 award eligible
- Visual and Performing Arts
Includes all programs that are developmentally appropriate for pre-kindergarten aged children and transitional kindergarten; collaborative with cities/counties for educationally relevant child care; programs focused on social-emotional development and learning and Head Start programs. Sponsored by Principal Business Affiliates $1,000 award eligible
Includes programs that incorporate “green” practices that creatively engage students in environmental awareness and social responsibility. Includes areas of school facilities and operations, curricula and student activities addressing resource conservation and energy efficiency. Sponsored by Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, $5,000 award eligible
Includes programs which assist students in developing fluency in English and proficiency in academic subjects and programs to promote multilingualism.
These programs strive to break down barriers that have prevented student access to an equitable education including those that foster genuine cross-cultural understanding and inclusiveness, strategically target services to students based on their needs, and promote a more equitable distribution of resources. These programs put into action the belief that all students can learn when they have access to high-quality education programs and the supports they need to succeed.
Includes programs offered during expanded learning time that meet the needs of students and engage them in activities to strengthen their human potential, including athletics, visual and performing arts, enrichment, debate, mock trial and student government.
Includes programs which encourage or facilitate parental involvement in their child’s education, including innovative approaches to outreach and effective involvement of parents from diverse communities. Sponsored by Principal’s Exchange, $1,000 award eligible
Includes all professional development programs for staff, including teachers, administrators and classified personnel. This includes beginning teacher support and assessment programs, as well as intern and credentialing programs. Recruitment programs include those that have proven success in retaining teachers in the district and offer successful strategies to attract and keep teachers in critical shortage areas. Sponsored by Premier Business Affiliates, $1,000 award eligible
Includes programs that effectively prevent or reduce school violence by promoting a positive school climate or safety, and teaching students to resolve conflicts. May also include other prevention or intervention strategies such as programs that promote school safety through the use of planning, monitoring and assessment tools, as well as programs that support students’ sense of belonging and engagement in order to increase motivation and achievement.
Includes the use of technology as an instructional tool which engages students in the curriculum, helps equip them for an increasingly technological society and job market, and provides greater access to educational services. Sponsored by Climatec, $1,000 award eligible
LCAP Aligned: These categories are in alignment with the Local Control and Accountability Plan.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR ENTRIES
- Programs must be operating in a CSBA member district or county office of education.
- A program must have started at least two years prior to the Golden Bell Awards program entry deadline of Friday, June 28, 2019 and currently be in existence.
- All entries must be submitted by Friday, June 28, 2019. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
- For further information about the Golden Bell Awards program, contact the California School Boards Association (800) 266-3382 ext. 3358 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The school district or county office of education is not a member of CSBA.
- Three entries have already been submitted from the district or county office.
- The program has not been in operation for at least two school years.
- An official entry form is not submitted or does not contain the required check mark.
- Three high-resolution, color digital photos were not uploaded with the narrative.
- Evidence of board support was not uploaded.
- The application is not submitted by Friday, June 28, 2019.
Please note that the board president, superintendent, curriculum director or other appropriate district/county office administrator responsible for the program check the box in place of your signature on any entry form submitted from your district or county office. A maximum of three entries will be accepted from each district or county office. Please share this with your board members and applicable staff including site principals, instructional services departments and curriculum staff.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
Data driven decision making is an important feature for the creation, implementation and sustainability of award winning programs. School boards and site level practitioners can use data to pinpoint issues of importance to the district and school site. Golden Bell Award winners will display how they used data to come to conclusions about student needs, program creation, implementation and sustainability.
Examples include: student evaluations or feedback demonstrating student satisfaction; surveys of parents, staff or community; degree of participation in program; all students who can benefit from the program are empowered to participate; data demonstrating program has undergone a rigorous evaluation and shows evidence of statistically significant improvements in student achievement, school environment or other desired outcomes; significant improvements for participants, including clearly articulated program goals, identification of measurable outcomes and evidence that demonstrates the program has generated cost savings that have released resources to provide greater services to students; and effective outreach to students who can benefit from the program.
Examples include: exemplary implementation of a program; uniqueness throughout the state; creative approach to solving a problem or presenting a curriculum; use of new methods or technology to teach a needed skill or enhance the student experience; creative funding; etc. If a program has been replicated from another program, examples of how the program has been implemented in a unique or innovative manner.
Examples include: linkage between the program and the district’s or county office’s vision statement, goals or strategic plan, evidence of program presentation and discussion at board meetings, evidence of board member program visitation and evidence of consideration during budget hearings
Examples include: demonstrating that the school board helped create the conditions for success to support award winning programming; board members fulfill the five major responsibilities of their role (setting direction, establishing structure, providing support, ensuring accountability, acting as a community leader) in the service of supporting this award winning program; evidence that the Golden Bell Awards program (entry information, district or school participation, etc.) has been a part of the standing, regular or periodic school board agenda.
Examples include: length of time in operation; stable source of funding; high participation from students; sufficient staff knowledge and commitment to maintain the program; strong support from students, parents, educators, the community and the board; a broad base of support and a strong structure in place to support the program; flexibility to meet changing needs; and expansion to serve more students or school sites.
Examples include: evidence that the program has already been or could be replicated; written goals and procedures; availability of staff to discuss the program and demonstrate effective strategies; evidence that the district and county office actively reaches out to other districts and county offices of education to assist them in replicating the program; appropriateness for a different student population or staff; minimal needs for special facilities or equipment; and reasonable costs for initial implementation and training.
All eligible entries will be considered, and the decision of the judges is final. In cases where none of the eligible programs in a given program category meets or exceeds the total score set by CSBA, no award will be given. While many valuable programs may meet basic scoring criteria, the total score needed for an award is intentionally set high to select the most innovative or exemplary programs, which have made a demonstrated difference for students, are sustainable and are connected to other district/county office vision efforts.
Timeline for judging
|June 28||Entries due|
|June/July||Review applications to determine whether qualifications are met|
|July/August||Judging/scoring by prominent educators with specific expertise relative to the category being judged|
|August||All districts or county offices will be notified if they will or will not be moving to an on-site visitation in September|
|September||Evaluation of potential award winners through an on-site visitation|
|October||Announcement of award winners|
SUBMIT A VIDEO
The CSBA Golden Bell Awards will be accepting short video submissions to be featured on our website or at the Golden Bell Awards Reception and Ceremony in November! Please note: The submission of a program video will in no way — positively or negatively — affect a program’s chances of winning a Golden Bell Award. Video submissions will be accepted with or after program entry, but no later than the application deadline.
DOs and DONTs
- DO take footage of your program in action. Show students immersed in the program’s operations.
- DO interview students, faculty, and anyone else involved in the programs day to day operations and explain how the program improves the lives of students in your district or county.
- DO provide the full name, title, and company/district/school of anyone featured in your video. There will be a place to upload a file containing those details.
- DON’T submit a slideshow of still pictures
- DON’T use special effects or filters on your compilation
- DON’T use transitions lasting longer than 2 seconds.
- File type- acceptable file types include .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .wmv, mp4, .m4v, or simply provide a YouTube link. Minimum pixel aspect ratio 640 x 480.
- Video files must not exceed 250 MB and 5 minutes in length.
Please adhere to the following specifications when selecting your 3 (three) high quality photos for submission:
- File size should be between 1 MB and 4 MB
- Minimum 750 pixels wide
- Full color, unedited photos are preferred
- Orientation should be landscape, not portrait
- No blurry or low resolution photos please! Only crisp, clear and print-quality photos can be used in the variety of media formats that CSBA wishes to showcase its winning programs.
To check the file size and pixel width of your photo on a Windows computer, right-click on the photo or file name and select “properties”.