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 (CDE). Since 2012, the competition has recognized 56 programs, presented by a diverse range of institutions that demonstrate the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. In 2021, CAM and the CDE recognize 5 outstanding programs from 2020. 
 Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education:

Skirball Cultural Center ‒ Noah’s Ark at the Skirball: The Art of Imagination

 Now available for virtual boarding—Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™: The Art of Imagination is a suite of programs and FREE educational resources co-developed with Skirball’s Teacher Advisory Council. Students Pre-K through Grade 5 take part in a timeless story of weathering storms, fostering community, and building a better world.


San Diego Children's Discovery Museum ‒ Virtual Workshops

 San Diego Children's Discovery Museum's Virtual Workshops for students in Pre-K to 3rd grade bring the Museum experience directly to the classroom with interactive workshops aligned to California State Standards. Workshops include exclusive access to hands-on learning kits, live and pre-recorded videos, and feature art or science-based lessons.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art ‒ Evenings for Educators

 For four decades, Evenings for Educators has been an invaluable source of professional development for K–12 teachers in Los Angeles County. Each session presents strategies and resources for arts integration that explore the artistic process, approach works of art as primary sources, and emphasize parallels between the visual arts and core content areas.


California Academy of Sciences ‒ School Programs

 The California Academy of Sciences' school programs create free opportunities for elementary schools in California to engage with the natural world through dynamic online programs. Equity strategies in the program offer individualized options for classes from San Francisco, including facilitation by museum educators who are bilingual and versed in Special Education practices.


 National Steinbeck Center ‒ Steinbeck Young Authors' Program

 The National Steinbeck Center’s dynamic and Award-winning Steinbeck Young Authors Program, which fosters a community-centric approach to reading and writing, has served school-aged youth for over eighteen years. Through comprehensive and engaging curriculums developed for teachers focused on John Steinbeck’s works, students become young published authors.




 Past Superintendent’s Award Recipients