Crime Prevention Collaboration and Teacher Preparation Programs Honored with Golden Bell Awards

Riverside County Office of Education programs to be honored at California School Boards Association (CSBA) Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Diego

CSBA Golden Bell Award

RIVERSIDE – Two programs from the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) will be recognized at the California School Board Association’s 38th Annual Golden Bell Awards on Thursday, November 30 2017, as two of 56 outstanding educational programs and practices in California’s public schools.

“Our pledge that all students will graduate from high school well prepared for college and the workforce requires collaborative partnerships and innovative practices,” said Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Judy D. White. “In addition to the four award-winning programs from Riverside County districts, we are excited to be honored for RCOE’s work with the district attorney’s office to keep kids on track to a brighter future and for the enhanced training program that equips new teachers for success in the classroom.”

The first award-winning program is a collaboration between RCOE and multiple agencies that incorporates 30 individual programs that have reduced gangs, truancy and crimes. “Crime Prevention: Collaboration between Riverside County and Riverside County District Attorney’s Office” is the name of the award-winning entry that has also led to plummeting suspension, expulsion, and discipline rates. In addition, the partnership has led to increased student attendance at schools while youth arrests and placements in juvenile hall have declined more than 50% in the last five years.

“Our un-rehabilitated delinquent youth of today, will become our criminal adult tomorrow. If we truly are committed to safer communities tomorrow, we need to focus on our youth today,” said Gerry Lopez, Riverside County Supervising Deputy District Attorney, and supervisor of the Crime Prevention Unit. “Crime intervention and prevention is the greatest form of justice.”

The second award-winning program is for the New Teacher Induction Program from RCOE’s Center for Teacher Innovation (CTI). The New Teacher Induction Program has strategically transformed the transition into the field of education for new teachers by leveraging technology to increase equity and access to a quality system of support. This includes digital curriculum, face-to-face and e-mentoring, classroom and video observation, and virtual collaboration.

“Students get only one chance to experience each grade level and/or course in their academic career; therefore, it is essential for every new teacher to be well prepared and supported to effectively impact student achievement,” said Barbara Howard, Executive Director of the Center for Teacher Innovation. “RCOE’s Center for Teacher Innovation believes high-quality mentoring support within a comprehensive induction program is key to developing and retaining effective teachers.”

Programs from individual Riverside County school districts will also be honored with a Golden Bell Award:

  • Medical Assisting Program – Perris High School, Perris Union High School District
  • Project Moving Forward – Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Solid Gold STEM – Valley View Elementary School, Nuview Union School District
  • Student Youth Court – Jurupa Unified School District

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards promote excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. 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. More details on the Golden Bells are available at gb.csba.org.

Experts from school districts and county offices of education made up the 17-member judging panel that reviewed 250 entries in 19 categories. On-site validators assessed the programs in action. The two awards for RCOE in 2017 represent the 12th and 13th Golden Bells received by the organization since 2005.

About Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE)

The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) is a service agency supporting the county’s 23 school districts that serve 430,000 students—more than the student population of 17 states. RCOE services include administrative support to districts, programs for preschool, special education, pregnant minors, correctional, migrant and vocational students. In addition, the organization provides professional training, support and resources for more than 18,000 teachers, administrators and staff throughout the 7,000 square miles of Riverside County. Learn more at www.rcoe.us.

About California School Boards Association (CSBA)

CSBA is the non-profit 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 governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at www.csba.org.