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Excellence in Museum Education Award

The Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education Competition recognizes the outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve kindergarten through grade twelve students and/or educators.

Program Information

A component of the California School Recognition Program (CSRP), the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education (Superintendent’s Award) is a joint project of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Association of Museums (CAM) External link opens in new window or tab.. The Superintendent's Award recognizes the outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve California’s kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) students and/or educators. Since its beginning in 2012, the Superintendent’s Award has received applications presented by a diverse range of institutions that demonstrate the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K–12 educational system.

Additional information about the Superintendent’s Award, including Superintendent's Award Instructions and Guidelines, Superintendent's Award Rubric, and Superintendent's Award Application, can be found on the CAM Superintendent's Award External link opens in new window or tab. website.

Eligibility Criteria

All types of museums are invited to submit an application, including zoos, aquariums, science centers, children’s museums, botanical gardens, and historical societies. In order for a museum to qualify for the Superintendent’s Award, the museum must be located in California and be a legally organized nonprofit organization or government entity. Foundations, friends groups, or services organizations that collaborate with multiple museums to administer the program are also eligible.

The previous year's Superintendent's Awardees are not eligible to apply for the current year application process.

Application

All applications and required attachments were required to be submitted on the CAM Superintendent's Award External link opens in new window or tab. website by Friday, April 30, 2021.

For additional information regarding the Superintendent’s Award Application, please contact Lacey Lieberthal, CAM's Program & Membership Manager, by phone at 831-471-9970 extension 101, or by email at admin@calmuseums.org.

Selection Process

A CAM selection committee will score the applications based on the following criteria:

  • Program Design (maximum 4 points)
  • Evidence of Excellence (maximum 8 points)
  • Planning/Evaluation (maximum 4 points)
  • Innovation (maximum 4 points)

The CAM selection committee then forwards the applications to the CDE. A CDE selection committee then reviews the applications and recommends two to six finalists based on the information provided in the Application and the recommendations of the CAM selection committee. The finalists are forwarded to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), or their designee, who then approves the awardees.

Timeline of Activities

Date Activity
March 2021 2021 Superintendent's Award announcement and posting.
April 30, 2021 2021 Superintendent's Award Application due date.
June 22, 2021 2021 Superintendent's Awards Awardees announced.

Sponsors

We are thankful for our California School Recognition Program Sponsors who help to make the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education a success! The CSRP would not be successful without the generous support they provide. We appreciate their willingness to support our efforts to recognize California's exemplary schools, teachers, and classified school employees, for achievement and for advancing excellence in education.

A sponsorship in the CSRP is a commitment to an ongoing partnership with public education by helping ensure that the dream of a world-class public education lives on in California.

Resources

California Association of Museums 2021 Virtual Summits External link opens in new window or tab.
Information about the California Association of Museums 2021 Virtual Summits.

Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education Awardees
Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education Awardees by year.

Questions: Awards Unit | awards@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0842 
Last Reviewed: Friday, August 13, 2021