Jack London Award for Educational Innovation
Each year, the School of Education at Sonoma State University (SSU) selects an educational program in Sonoma County public schools to receive its Jack London Award for Educational Innovation. SSU faculty and staff, educational leaders, and community representatives serve as judges. In making its selection, the committee considers program vision and impetus, innovation and creativity, collaborative engagement of teachers and school communities, impact on students, and adaptability to other settings.
2010 Award Winner & Finalists
Ready for Kindergarten, Petaluma | May 2010
Parents attend this bilingual kindergarten transition program with their child to learn skills that will support school success.
Active Engagement, Mountain Shadows | May 2010
Middle school teachers are using strategies that engage all students in rich academic discourse and active learning.
Science Exploration, Sequoia School | May 2010
Science is brought to life through weekly hands-on explorations of topics, challenge activities, and group work.
University Center, Elsie Allen High | May 2010
This program provides intensive preparatory and college education to motivated high school students.
2009 Award Winner & Finalists
K-8 Dual Immersion, Sonoma Valley | May 2009
English and Spanish speaking students are educated to become bilingual, bi-literate citizens in this award-winning program. | Video
Health Career Pathway, Casa Grade High | May 2009
This rigorous program prepares students for post-secondary health science programs, training, and employment. | Video
Garden Program, Spring Creek School | May 2009
Students learn gardening and science as they develop awareness and appreciation for growing their own food. | Video
Vineyard Academy, Windsor High School | May 2009
Vineyard Academy utilizes the hospitality and culinary environment to engage and educate students. | Video