SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARDS 2014
3rd Annual Superintendent's Awards for Excellence in Museum Education
The Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence in Museum Education Competition recognizes the outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve K-12 students and/or educators. The competition is the joint project of the sponsors, CAM and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Over the past two years, the competition has demonstrated the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system.
Past award recipients are posted online at www.calmuseums.org/superintendentsawards2012 and
After a formal evaluation and scoring by the Selection Committee, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, will chose the final recipients. Two to six awards will be selected at the discretion of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction based on the information provided in the entry forms and the recommendations of CAM’s Selection Committee. At least one third of the awards will be given to eligible organizations with annual operating budgets less than $2 million.
Deadline: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Read the guidelines and entry instructions prior to submitting your entry:
The winning programs will be presented with their awards by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or his designee at the 2014 CAM annual luncheon in Napa, March 6, 2014, at the Napa Valley Marriott, held in conjunction with CAM’s annual conference. Representatives will be asked to give a short presentation at a session immediately following the luncheon, from 1:45-3:00pm.
2014 Selection Committee Members
Craig is the Principal Advisor to California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Prior to joining the California Department of Education in January 2011, he served as the District Director for then-Assemblymember Tom Torlakson, after previously serving in the same capacity for then-State Senator Torlakson. He is the Honorary Chair and past national president of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a coeducational literary and social society around the United States, is the elected Region 2 Director of the California Democratic Party, and serves on the boards of the Lamorinda Democratic Club and Planned Parenthood Shasta-Pacific Action Fund Board of Directors. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a bachelor's degree in government and legal studies with a minor in education.
Lauren Silver, Ph.D.
Lauren is Vice President of Education at the Computer History Museum. She has over 20 years’ experience teaching in a wide range of educational settings, from preschools to K-12 classrooms and universities, and has consulted on the development of educational programs for museums around the country, including the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. From 2001 to 2009, Lauren was Associate Curator for Education at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and Lecturer in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP); previously, she had been the Education Specialist for Family Audiences at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Lauren is the founding director of the Computer History Museum’s Education department; their program for high school students, “Get Invested: Case Studies in Innovation,” won a Superintendent’s Award in 2013.
Susan Spero, Ph.D.
Professor Susan Spero teaches Museum Studies at the John F. Kennedy University focusing on learning theory, programming and planning, as well as museums interactive technologies and electronic access. She has produced interpretive and curriculum projects for multiple institutions in the San Francisco Bay area. She serves on the board of the Museum Education Roundtable that produces the Journal of Museum Education, and on the Communications Committee of the Western Museums Association. Her M.A. and Ph. D. are awarded from The Ohio State University.
Questions? Contact Celeste DeWald, CAM’s Executive Director, by phone at 831-471-9970 x102 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org