Laurel Magnet School of Innovation & Career Exploration was selected as one of 57 recipients of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, celebrating their 40th year, are presented by the California School Boards Association to promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.
Laurel Magnet School received its award at a well-attended reception and ceremony on Dec. 5, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The awards ceremony was part of CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show held from Dec. 5-7 in San Diego. The conference is the premier continuing education event for California school boards and the largest education leadership conference in the state.
The Laurel Magnet School Career Exploration Program is a collaborative effort between the school and local business partners. The program connects the classroom to real-world issues and prepares elementary students for college and career. Unlike common partnerships practiced in districts across the country where community partners are asked to provide support through monetary donations, this partnership is unique in that it centers on intellectual capital and classroom Career Exploration partners directly impact and inform instruction. Partners work collaboratively over the course of the year by presenting an industry-based problem and then coaching and inspiring students to learn new technology skills that apply to their industry as well as explore the various ways to apply their in school learning to the real world environment. Students participate in Project Based Learning cycles throughout the school year in collaboration with their business partners to address industry-based challenges.
A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices of education across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. On-site validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs in action. This year’s Golden Bell winners demonstrated that they are addressing student needs through areas such as equity and access, school climate and safety, technology and wellness.
“Now more than ever is a time to acknowledge and celebrate innovative and impactful programs that make a difference in the lives of our young people,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “This year’s Golden Bell winners truly serve as beacons of success as we work to more fully and equitably serve all of California’s public school students.”
To learn more about the Golden Bell awards and all the winners, visit the program’s website at https://gb.csba.org/.