Program Categories

The Golden Bell Awards program recognizes exemplary programs in 19 major categories which are essential to support effective governance and teaching and learning. Judging will take place in each of the following program categories:
Accountability/Assessment
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.
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
Includes unique programs that support student learning and achievement through the implementation of non-traditional learning opportunities.
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION
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
CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP through LCAP Implementation
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
CO-CURRICULAR
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, moot court and student government.
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION
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. Sponsored by Industry Leader Business Affiliates, programs are eligible for the California Community Partnership Award or $1,000 award
COUNTY OFFICES OF EDUCATION
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.
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA STANDARDS IMPLEMENTATION

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:
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
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
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Includes programs which assist students in developing fluency in English and proficiency in academic subjects and programs to promote multilingualism.
JUANITA HAUGEN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR CIVIC EDUCATION
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.
PARENTAL/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
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
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TEACHER RECRUITMENT/RETENTION
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
SCHOOL CLIMATE AND SAFETY
Includes programs that effectively prevent or reduce school violence by promoting a positive school climate or safety, teaching students to resolve conflicts, or other prevention or intervention strategies including programs that promote school safety through the use of planning, monitoring and assessment tools. Sponsored by Climatec, $1,000 award eligible
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Includes programs designed to serve special needs and disabled students, including children from birth to age 22. Programs are eligible for a California Special Education Commission GOAL Award
STUDENT SERVICES
Includes, but is not limited to, on-campus student service centers, parent education programs, foster and homeless youth supports, counseling and intervention programs, peer assistance and nutrition programs.
Sustainable, Renewable, Energy and Resource-efficient Programs
Includes programs that incorporate “green” practices into school operations and facilities. Also included are curricula and activities that promote environmental awareness principles and resource conservation. Sponsored by Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP, $5,000 F3 Education Award eligible
TECHNOLOGY
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.
WELLNESS
Includes programs that address critical health issues and their link to student academic achievement, such as physical education and activity, nutrition, mental health, oral health, diabetes, indoor air quality, asthma and more; efforts to expand school wellness policy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; collaborative and coordinated school health approaches along with other successful strategies in creating healthier students and school communities; etc. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, $1,000 award eligible

Mark your calendar

    Application Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2017 - CLOSED

    Contact us

    Lisa Hutson, Program Coordinator
    goldenbell@csba.org
    (800) 266-3382, ext. 3358