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Lighthouse Award Nominations Still Open  — Honor a Champion for Equity and Diversity

Lighthouse Award Nominations Still Open  — Honor a Champion for Equity and Diversity

Nominations are now open for the 2024 San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Lighthouse Awards, which will be presented at the Equity Conference in January.

Nominate a champion for equity for a Lighthouse Award, which spotlights people in our schools, districts, and communities who are champions for educational equity. 

SDCOE created the Lighthouse Awards to showcase the amazing people doing the work to lead others in diversity, equity, and inclusion. These honorees go above and beyond to be a beacon of hope and light for students and adults in a system that wasn’t built to meet the needs of each individual. 

Recognizing that this event attracts equity champions from across the country, this year, we have created a new category to honor work of someone from outside of San Diego County. 

Nominations in all the categories are being accepted now through Dec. 8 on the Equity Conference 2024 website.

The honorees will be recognized during the Equity Conference on Jan. 18 to 19. The conference features equity experts, nationally recognized speakers, and educators implementing systemic change to support all students. 

Honor someone’s work and mission by nominating them for one of the following award categories:

  • Excellence in School Site Leadership award goes to a school administrator who fosters and leads equitable outcomes for all learners and has been a beacon of light for an entire community
  • Excellence in Teaching and Learning award is for a classroom teacher who embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and has helped achieve positive social and academic outcomes for all students.
  • Excellence in Student Support award goes to a school counselor, social worker, nurse, school psychologist, paraprofessional, or others who actively supports all students, in pursuit of academic and/or social emotional excellence. 
  • Equity Champion award is presented to a district administrator who encompasses the light necessary for people to come together and create multiple opportunities for all students and families in pursuit of equitable outcomes.
  • The No Place for Hate® Leader award recognizes an active staff member of their school’s No Place for Hate® committee and demonstrates leadership in their role on the committee and throughout the school community. This person embodies the values laid out in ADL's No Place for Hate® pledge and has continued to put the commitment of No Place for Hate® at the forefront of their school community even in these challenging times.
  • Student Equity Leadership award goes to an individual student or student group who advances diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has led meaningful and significant equity initiatives in their school community.
  • Equity Excellence award recognizes the efforts of a teacher, administrator, or support staff whose work exemplifies excellence in creating access and opportunities for all students outside of San Diego County (new this year). 


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