Madera County Office of Education honored with a Golden Bell Award

The Madera County Office of Education was honored with a Golden Bell Award, a leading educational honor in California sponsored by the California School Boards Association (CSBA).

Celebrating its 35th year, the Golden Bell Awards promote excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California.

The Madera County Office of Education Foster Youth Services (MCOE FYS) program received its Golden Bell Award for Student Services. MCOE FYS works diligently to provide services to Madera County foster youth in grades 6-12 so that they can develop a viable plan for their future, after leaving high school.

Students participate in classes about A-G requirements, communication and problem solving skills, budget and money management as well as cooking and computer classes to ensure solid life skills. Students tour several colleges each year so that they are familiar with post high school expectations. These tours are also aligned with visits to museums, aquariums and other high interest venues that demonstrate career pathways that focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The MCOE FYS program proudly serves students and the community, while collaborating with Madera County Department of Social Services, Madera County Probation, the Madera Center, Reedley College, Golden State Family Services, Transitions Children Services and UC Merced.

MCOE Foster Youth Services also received the California County Board of Education (CCBE) Apple for Excellence Award in the “Junior High/Middle/High School Category”. These awards recognize excellence for collaboration and service and certainly the work with our partners has been critical in the development of exciting programming for our youth.

About CSBA

The California School Boards Association (CSBA) is the nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school district governing boards and county boards of education to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well being of the state’s more than 6 million school age children. CSBA provides policy resources and training to members and represents the statewide interests of public education through legal, political legislative, community and advocacy.

About the CSBA Golden Bell Award

The Golden Bell Awards program honors exemplary programs in 19 major categories that highlights best practices to support effective governance, teaching and student learning. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs. This awards program highlights best practices in education in all areas of operations, instruction and support services by:

• Seeking out and recognizing key governance practices that support, sustain and inspire the creation on continuance of exemplary education programs

• Seeking out and recognizing sustainable, innovative or exemplary programs which have been developed and successfully implemented by California teachers and administrators

• Recognizing and supporting educators who invest extra energy and time to make a demonstrated difference for students

• Promoting models with positive student outcomes

• Focusing on the commitment to ensure that the needs of all students are met

Madera County Office of Education received both awards at a recognition ceremony held on December 16th, 2014 at CSBA’s Annual Education Conference in San Francisco.