February 25 2016


Do you know any school districts doing a great job engaging students and parents, making them part of the education process? Tell us! The very best districts may be eligible to win up to $25,000.

Our longtime partners at WestEd—a nonprofit education research organization based in San Francisco—just announced the creation of the Local Engagement Exemplar Prize, which provides cash awards to school districts making the greatest advances in parent and student engagement.

Prizes are always welcomed by cash-strapped districts, but this award is about much more. It’s part of a broader effort to learn how outstanding school districts are making progress at improving engagement. We want to share their secrets throughout the state!

The award is especially timely right now, because the new Local Control Funding Formula law is providing resources to high-need schools especially for this purpose. School districts across the state are eager to find best practices they can adapt, so they can invest their LCFF funds most efficiently.

Parent and student engagement is critical to ensure that students are ready to learn and schools are equipped to meet the needs of all students.  And who could be better at sharing this perspective than parents, caregivers and students themselves?

Click here to learn more about the prize and find out how you can submit an application. Districts in California’s Central Valley, Central Coast, and Inland Empire regions are eligible to win.

Please submit an application if you know any eligible districts with great stories to share.

Click here to read the press announcement about the prize.

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