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Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning

GOAL Award background information and application.

To highlight best practices and “what is working” in California for students with disabilities, the California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) is seeking to recognize exemplary local educational agencies, schools, school-systems, initiatives, and programs that result in positive outcomes for students with disabilities in the State of California. Established by the ACSE with financial support from Hollywood producer Brian Grazer and his family, the Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) award recognizes these innovative and replicable Programs with a monetary award, and encourages the implementation of these Programs throughout California.

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 ACSE wishes to officially recognize Brian Grazer's family for their ongoing 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 will be judged based on the GOAL award scoring rubric, including demonstrating success for students with disabilities, incorporating innovative or highly effective design elements, being easily replicable and sustainable, establishing connections with stakeholders, and overall effectiveness in serving students with disabilities.

Recent GOAL Award Winners

The 2014–15 GOAL Award was given to the Collaborative Mentoring Program at Kastner Intermediate School in the Clovis Unified School District in Fresno, CA. The program is a peer mentoring program that generates authentic interaction among students and influences the lives of those involved—students with moderate to severe disabilities as well as students in general education.

No award was made for 2013-14.

The 2012–13 GOAL award was given to the CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community School for its unique model of inclusive education.

What is the application process?

The application process includes the following:

  1. Submission of complete entry form (DOC).
  2. Willingness to host a half-day site visit by the judges, if selected.
  3. 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, June 18, 2015. The ceremony typically starts at 11:00 A.M. with a reception immediately following.

Questions: Venetia Davis | | 916-323-9773 
Last Reviewed: Friday, November 13, 2015

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