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Program Description

Overview of the 2018 Classified School Employees of the Year (CSEY) Program.


The California Department of Education (CDE) invites county offices of education (COEs) to participate in the Classified School Employees of the Year (CSEY) Program. This program highlights contributions of classified school employees to support the education of California’s public school students in preschool through grade twelve.

The overall purpose of the CSEY Program is to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of our state's outstanding classified school employees. Classified employees are vital staff members who play key roles in creating a school environment that promotes student achievement, safety, and health.

The program's goals are to:

  • Identify and honor exemplary classified school employees throughout California within a structure of local, regional, and statewide recognition activities
  • Select six 2018 Classified School Employees of the Year awardees

One award winner will be chosen from each of the following classified staff categories:

  • Child Nutrition
  • Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities
  • Office and Technical
  • Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance
  • Support Services and Security
  • Transportation

The CSEY award winners will be honored during Classified School Employee Week, May 21–27, 2018, at an event with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Exact date will be announced later.

County Office of Education Participation

Candidates for the CSEY award compete in the state program as nominees of COEs. Nominees must be a classified employee of a California public school (preschool through grade twelve) including charter schools, school districts, and COEs. See CDE's Web page on Eligibility Criteria for more details. The CDE provides general guidelines regarding the awards program including the evaluation and selection criteria that will be used to select nominees at the state level. The CDE encourages COEs and school districts to collaborate with employee organizations in their local selection process.

Some COEs organize and administer classified staff recognition programs within the county. Some school districts also administer recognition programs within their jurisdiction. Districts and counties that do not currently have a classified employee recognition program are encouraged to develop a local process. COEs support their nominees by assisting them with completing the nomination form and carefully reviewing the final nomination form so that each candidate, as a potential state finalist, offers a compelling and competitive nomination.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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