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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
 
Six California museums have been selected to receive an award for excellence in museum education, chosen by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. At least one third of the awards were given to eligible organizations with annual operating budgets less than $2 million. The 2014 winners are:
 
Bay Area Discovery Museum - 
Center for Childhood Creativity
The Bay Area Discovery Museum launched the Center for Childhood Creativity in 2011 to pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs that advance creative thinking in all children—extending its impact beyond the Museum. 
 
Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS™) is a distance learning program that connects K-12 public school students in their classroom to a California State Park interpreter through interactive videoconferencing for an engaging educational program on California’s rich natural and cultural resources.
 
Leonis Adobe Museum
Educational tours for elementary school children (K-5) composed of interactive hands-on activities and oral instructions that teach students about the daily life on a working 1880s California ranch, bringing their social studies curriculum to life in an atmosphere they can appreciate and enjoy.
 
Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo - Hands! On Elementary School Science 
Drawing upon a collection of live animals, artifacts and scientific equipment, the Museum engages nearly 11,000 K-5 students annually in hands-on science lessons that directly support State Content Standards in the Life, Physical and Earth Sciences.  In addition to serving schools throughout the region, these programs form the backbone of year-round science curricula at 11 local schools.
 
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library - Air Force One Discovery Center
The Air Force One Discovery Center is an immersive, interactive educational experience designed to inspire the next generation of student leaders.  Students face the responsibilities and challenges of the Executive Branch, military, and media during the U.S. intervention on the island of Grenada in October of 1983. As a result of the program students practice and improve their critical thinking and decision-making skills.
 
Skirball Cultural Center - Noah’s Ark Build a Better World Program
The Skirball Cultural Center’s Build a Better World school program is a participatory, in-gallery and outreach experience that encourages Grade 1 and 2 students to take an active role in their community through service and collaboration, inspiring and equipping them to make a positive difference in the world around them.
 
The competition received 25 entries representing a diverse range of institutions and demonstrating the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. After a formal evaluation and scoring by the Selection Committee, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, chose the final recipients. Past award recipients are posted online at www.calmuseums.org/superintendentsawards2012 and
 
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 Cheslog
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 cam@calmuseums.org
 
 
 
 
 

 

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