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5th 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 four years, the competition has received 88 entries, representing a diverse range of institutions, that demonstrate the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. Last year’s six winners are posted online at www.calmuseums.org/superintendentsawards2015.
At least one third of the awards are given to eligible organizations with annual operating budgets less than $2 million.
The winning programs will be presented with their awards by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (or his designee) at the 2016 CAM annual luncheon in Riverside, March 3, 2016, at the Riverside Convention Center, held in conjunction with CAM’s annual conference. Representatives also gave a short presentation at a session immediately following the luncheon. 
All entry forms must be submitted on or before Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:59pm. Each entry must follow the guidelines (see link to pdf below) and be submitted online (link below). 
Deadline: Friday, December 18, 2015
2016 Selection Committee Members
Jason Spencer
Mr. Spencer is the Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration from USC and Bachelor Degrees in Sociology and Political Science from Sonoma State University. Jason started his career in the Legislature as part of the Senate Fellows program in 2006. In addition to serving on then-Senator Torlakson’s legislative team, Jason was Senior Policy Advisor to the Superintendent during his first term as State Superintendent. Jason has also served as Executive Director of the 501c3 Vasconcellos Legacy Project and has worked for a private firm lobbying for informal science education institutions and other education sector non-profits.
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. 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.  She gravitated towards the field of museum education in 2010, and is currently the Associate Director of Education, School Programs for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.  She manages the Air Force One Discovery Center (2013 Superintendent Award recipient) and the summer Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program, and together these two programs impact the lives of 25,000 students each school year. 
Questions? Contact Celeste DeWald, CAM’s Executive Director, by phone at 831-471-9970 x102 or by e-mail at cam@calmuseums.org