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 Six Local Programs Honored with CSBA Golden Bell Awards

​Six San Diego County programs were awarded California School Boards Association Golden Bells at the statewide association’s annual meeting in San Diego.

The honored programs were:
--- BEWISE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering), a countywide project that created by County Office of Education Science Coordinator Nancy Taylor and retired General Atomics executive Pat Winter, which starts in middle school using private-sector scientists and engineers as resources and mentors to spur and sustain girls’ interest, all the way into college.

--- Coronado School of the Arts, a school-within-a-school at Coronado High, Coronado Unified School District, featuring advanced, conservatory arts training in dance, digital media and film, music, musical theatre, technical theatre and visual arts for students in grades 9-12.

--- Smoothing the Transition at Potter Junior High, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, which uses curriculum articulation, elementary school visits, parent information and orientations, and student spirit and team-building to ease the transition for students moving from elementary to junior high school.

--- Breakfast in the Classroom, San Diego Unified School District, which provides breakfast for students at their desks during the first 10 minutes of the day. The results: more students arrive on-time, classroom instruction is smoother, and test scores have increased.

--- Alternative Computer-Based High School Instruction in Virtual Education, Ramona Unified School District, which offers 16 online, standards-based core courses to students in any type of high school program.

--- Resiliency Quadrant System, Mueller Charter School, Chula Vista Elementary School District, which provides a network of wrap-around support services for students, helping students stay healthier, more resilient and more prepared to improve academic achievement.

The Golden Bell Awards identify and recognize “sustainable, innovative or exemplary programs which have been development and successfully implemented by California teachers and administrators,” according to CSBA materials.

The six local programs honored were among 58 programs statewide to earn Golden Bells.