San Jose, Calif. – Union School District has been chosen as one of 51 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award, for the elementary STEAM program. The Golden Bell Awards, now in their 39th year, are sponsored by the California School Boards Association to recognize outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes.
Over the last three years, Union Elementary School District has successfully developed an integrated, district-wide Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) education program in grades TK through 5. With the full support of the School Board, the district’s innovative approach to elementary STEAM instruction has built a reputation of excellence throughout the state and serves as a model for education visits from around the world. From introducing kindergarten students to the engineering design process in our Makerspaces to integrated social studies inspired design challenges with 5th graders, the Elementary STEAM program has proven to be one of success reflected in highly engaged students, community participation, and academic excellence.
“We are proud of our elementary STEAM initiative and how it has brought our students, teachers and the community together. This recognition highlights the innovation present everyday at our schools and the hard work by our classroom teachers and our STEAM teachers to engage students and give them the necessary skills to take learning to the highest level to prepare them for the careers of the future,” said Superintendent Denise Coleman.
A 17-member judging panel made up of experts from school districts and county offices of education reviewed the written entries and made the initial recommendations for the awards. On-site validators assessed the programs in action. This year’s awards are presented to school districts and county offices of education helping students achieve through after-school programs, mentoring, instructional interventions, use of data and other innovations.
“The Golden Bell recipients exemplify the spirit of innovation and excellence for which all of California’s public schools strive,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “The Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of outstanding education offerings in our state, and demonstrate the tenacity, vision and dedication of school leaders across California.” To learn more about the Golden Bell awards, visit the California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell website at https://gb.csba.org.
Union School District will receive its award at a recognition reception and ceremony on Thursday, November 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco.
CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at www.csba.org.