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