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4th Annual Superintendent's Awards for Excellence in Museum Education

Deadline for entries: December 19, 2014
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 presented 18 awards to California museums that represent a diverse range of institutions and demonstrate the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. Past winners are posted online at www.calmuseums.org/superintendentsawards2014, www.calmuseums.org/superintendentsawards2013, www.calmuseums.org/superintendentsawards2012.
All types of museums are invited to submit entry forms, including zoos, aquariums, science centers, children’s museums, botanical gardens, and historical societies. Each museum that enters must be located in California and be a legally organized nonprofit organization or government entity.  Foundations, friends groups, or services organizations that collaborate with multiple museums to administer the program are also eligible. The 2014 awardees are not eligible to enter the 2015 award competition.
The education program must have served K-12 students and/or educators between November 30, 2013 and December 1, 2014.
All entrants will be notified of the award results in January 2015. The winning programs will be presented with their awards by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (or his designee) at the 2015 CAM annual luncheon in San Diego, February 19, 2015, at the Wyndham Bayside San Diego, 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. 
Please read the entry guidelines and instructions and the scoring rubric (links below) prior to completing the online entry form. 
Entry Form
Deadline: December 19, 2014
2015 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.
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. 
Alissa Whiteley
Alissa Whiteley graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  After graduating she worked for four years as a Director for Huntington Learning Center, where she worked closely with hundreds of students, parents, teachers and counselors to develop individualized learning plans to help students succeed in school. She gravitated towards the field of museum education in 2010, and is currently the Manager of the Air Force One Discovery Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, where she enjoys seeing the impact of simulation-based learning on the 25,000 students per year who experience this award winning program.
Questions? Contact Celeste DeWald, CAM’s Executive Director, by phone at 831-471-9970 x102 or by e-mail at cam@calmuseums.org