Superintendent's Awards 2018

7th 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, the California Association of Museums (CAM) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Over the past six years, the competition has received over 120 entries, representing a diverse range of institutions, that demonstrate the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. 
Read the guidelines, entry instructions, and scoring rubric prior to submitting your entry.

All entrants will be notified of the award results in late December 2017. The winning programs will be presented with their awards by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (or his designee) at a CAM event in Palm Springs on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, held in conjunction with CAM’s annual conference.  Representatives will be asked to give a short presentation about their award-winning program that same day.

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2018 Superintendent’s Award Review Committee members:

Rebekah Harding is the Associate Director of Learning and Engagement at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute with over 15 years of experience in informal education programming, experience design and audience engagement. Additionally, Rebekah serves as President of the Museum Educators of Southern California and is Professional Development Chair-Elect for EdCom, the Education Committee for the American Alliance of Museums. Prior to her current role, Rebekah worked in residential summer camps, outdoor science schools, and at the Autry Museum of the American West. She holds a Master’s Degree in American History from California State University, Northridge. When she is not in the museum, Rebekah leads an adventurous life raising her fierce daughter, Emma.

Kanani Hoopai is Director of Education at the Mission Inn Foundation in Riverside, CA. Kanani loves museum education because it allows her the opportunity to work with people, especially students, and provides constant opportunities to learn and try new things. Her previous work experience includes Dumbarton House and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The Mission Inn Foundation’s Hands On History Community Outreach, which connects youth with local artists, historians, and community members to explore and share the history of their communities, is a 2017 recipient of the Superintendent’s Award.

Jason 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.