The Moreno Valley Unified School District is a recipient of the state's leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Awards. Now in its 41st year, this award is sponsored by the California School Boards Association to recognize outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes.
The District received the Golden Bell Award the week of November 16, 2020, for the Professional Development and Digital Learning Department’s Visual and Performing Arts program. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.
“I am honored that we have been selected as a recipient of the Golden Bell Award,” said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora. “I am extremely proud of our staff who have dedicated themselves to enhance the visual and performing arts learning experiences for our students. This is the 11th Golden Bell Award we earn in the past nine years.”
The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program was created in 2015 as an investment for all students. Reviewing research, securing quality leadership, and implementing critical skill-sets in art education was essential for a solid curriculum foundation. VAPA has dramatically enhanced the learning experiences for students and is continuing its success during the COVID-19 pandemic via virtual lessons, performances, and exhibits.
“I am so proud of our district’s focus on expanding VAPA opportunities for our students and this award is a testament to our team’s efforts,” said Board of Education President Dr. Marsha Locke. “Even during the pandemic, our Professional Development and Digital Learning and VAPA team has worked with other departments to develop creative ways for all students to participate in the arts such as developing the Document Today initiative to support social emotional healing by engaging students in the arts.”
The Document Today initiative is an intentional approach encouraging students to use the arts to share their feelings and express how they are coping. Teacher training is provided in every arts discipline and supports integration and utilization of the arts in the social emotional wellness of the student and teacher.
The Visual and Performing Arts program includes programs and strategies for the effective implementation of California’s Visual and Performing Arts standards and framework, with an emphasis on equitable, innovative, engaging, and rigorous instruction.
A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices of education across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. Validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs through a virtual site meeting.
Due to the pandemic, the Golden Bell Awards ceremony will be held virtually starting November 30. The ceremony video and digital program will be available to view at awards.csba.org.
To learn more about the Golden Bell awards and all the winners, visit the program’s website at http://awards.csba.org/golden-bell/