The California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) wishes to recognize programs and practices in the field of special education that could benefit other students with disabilities. The Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) Award is one of many activities designed to celebrate the professionals, programs, and practices in California that serve youth with disabilities of all ages.
Why the name GOAL?
The name GOAL serves a dual purpose. First, the name symbolizes the need to establish both lofty goals and high expectations for all students. Second, the Commission wishes to officially recognize Brian Grazer's family for their ten-year commitment to honor the programs, practices, and professionals recognized by this award.
Who is eligible to apply?
Programs and practices in substantial compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 operated by school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and non-public schools that serve students with disabilities may apply.
What are the selection criteria?
Programs and practices will be judged on a GOAL Award scoring rubric, based on descriptors such as data demonstrating program performance, student achievement, school environment, improved student outcomes and other desired measurable results. Programs and practices should be innovative, exemplary, sustainable, and replicable and should demonstrate satisfaction and participation of students, staff, parents, and community.
Who was awarded the GOAL Award in 2012?
The 2011-12 GOAL Award recognized two special education programs serving students with disabilities:
- The Learn to Earn secondary transition program for middle and high school students with mild to moderate disabilities, Riverside Unified School District
- The Speech Improvement Class for students with mild articulation (speech sound) disorders, San Diego Unified School District's Speech-Language Pathology Department
What is the application process?
The application process includes the following:
- Submit a completed 2012-13 entry form (DOC; Posted 24-Sep-2012) to the Advisory Commission on Special Education at ACSE@cde.ca.gov no later than November 16, 2012, to be eligible.
- Willingness to host a half-day site visit by the judges, if selected.
- If selected, program representatives must be available to attend the GOAL Award ceremony in Sacramento.
When is the award ceremony?
This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the California Department of Education on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The ceremony typically starts at 11:00 A.M. with a reception immediately following.