Encinitas Union School District has been chosen by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) to receive the state’s leading educational honor, the 2015 Golden Bell Award. The Civics Learning Program titled, E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One, at El Camino Creek Elementary School was awarded in the Juanita Haugen Memorial Award for Civics Education category.

The 2015 Golden Bell award will be presented at a special ceremony during the upcoming California School Boards Association’s (CSBA) Annual Education Conference in San Diego.

EUSD is committed to engaging all students and connecting learners through purpose, passion, power, and play. The civics program, E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One, at El Camino Creek Elementary actively engages student learning, citizenship, and advocacy through a tiered discovery process. Throughout this process, the Rule of Law, case law, court systems, and current events that have impacted civil rights and responsibilities are highlighted. In April 2015, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye presented El Camino Creek Elementary School with the 2015 Civic Learning Award of Excellence.

Superintendent Dr. Timothy Baird shared his appreciation of the CSBA validation team in awarding the 2015 Golden Bell for the civics education program at El Camino Creek Elementary School. Superintendent Baird commended the site leadership and staff and shared that “El Camino Creek’s commitment to engaging students in civic learning is evidenced by the success of this program. EUSD is grateful to CSBA for this recognition.”

CSBA’s Golden Bell Award program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students, and focus on meeting the needs of all public school students. Experts from school districts and county offices of education made up the 28-member judging panel that reviewed the written entries made the initial recommendations for the awards. On-site validators assessed the programs in action.

The Encinitas Union School District is a leader in the development and implementation of a one-to-one digital learning program, which includes a comprehensive suite of digital curriculum. The district has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program, a National Green Ribbon School District, and has received both a 2014 Golden Bell and 2015 Magna Award for its Health & Wellness Program.

Press Release provided by Encinitas Union School District.