Superintendent's Award

Recognizing Excellence in Museum Education

The Superintendent’s Award 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, the California Association of Museums (CAM) and the California Department of Education. Since 2012, the competition has recognized 51 programs, presented by a diverse range of institutions that demonstrate the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. 
 The 2020 winners are Japanese American National Museum (School Visits Program), Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD in the Classroom), and Rancho Los Cerritos (Long Ago Long Beach). 


Japanese American National Museum
School Visits Program

JANM’s School Visits Program provides a voice for Japanese Americans, serves as a forum for students to explore their own heritage and culture, and encourages meaningful participation in an inclusive democracy by engaging students in American stories that advance the principles of liberty, equality, and justice.



Museum of the African Diaspora
MoAD in the Classroom

Museum of the African Diaspora’s (MoAD) innovative educational outreach program, MoAD in the Classroom (MIC) is a visual literacy and arts program offered to Title I and under-served third-grade students located across the San Francisco Bay Area. Each year, MIC provides free classes and museum visits for over 1,300 Bay Area students.

Rancho Los Cerritos
Long Ago Long Beach

Rancho Los Cerritos’ Long Ago Long Beach afterschool enrichment workshops bring history to life through artifacts, photographs, and primary sources. This outreach initiative artfully integrates the pillars of California’s HSS Framework – content, inquiry, literacy, citizenship – to help underserved youth build academic skills while learning about their diverse and fascinating community.


2020 Application Instructions

2020 Scoring Rubric

2020 Online Application - CLOSED


Thank you to the 2020 Selection Committee members:

Rebekah Harding, Associate Director of Learning and Engagement, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

Lindsay Weiss-Tornatore, Ed.D., Education Administrator, Office of the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education


Past Superintendent’s Award Recipients