December 3, 2018 - Chavez Elementary School is one of 51 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, now in their 39th year, are sponsored by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) to recognize outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes. BCSD Administrators and Chavez staff were on hand to receive the award at a recognition reception and ceremony on November 29, 2018 during CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco.
Chavez was recognizes for their Morning Read Program in the category of Closing the Opportunity Gap through LCAP implementation. Morning Read is a guided reading program designed to give one-on-one support to struggling, below grade level and /or English learner students in grades K-2, by giving them the opportunity to read orally to an adult or sixth-grade peer for a minimum of 20 minutes daily. The program is led by classroom teachers and relies on parents and/or relatives, community members, and sixth-grade peer support.
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.
To learn more about the Golden Bell awards, visit the California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell website at https://gb.csba.org/.