Jack London Award for Educational Innovation

Jack London

Jack London, 1876-1916

Jack London epitomized the life-long learner. His own education was characterized by innovative and non-traditional experiences. London’s primary devotion, however was to the PEOPLE, as he called them, and he wanted an informed public that would direct leaders, not follow them blindly. It is fitting that he be memorialized through this award program, which is designed to recognize and encourage innovative, educational programs. The Jack London Award for Educational Innovation is given annually to an innovative educational program in Sonoma County public schools.

Goals of the Jack London Award Program

  • To recognize and publicize outstanding innovative programs and the individuals responsible for them.
  • To project a positive image of public education.

SSU faculty and staff, as well as community and educational leaders, serve as judges for this award program. The Jack London Award Committee makes final selection of award recipients. Criteria for judging include:

  1. Original vision and impetus for the program
  2. Innovative and creative approaches
  3. Engages teachers and school community collaboratively
  4. The impact of this program on students and how it might be adaptable to other settings

Jack London Award for Educational Innovation 2015

2015 will be the 28th year for the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation, celebrating good ideas and great programs and the people who make them happen in our local public schools. All Sonoma County Public Schools are invited to nominate innovative programs for this honor.

The application deadline will be in February 2015 and the awards will be presented on in May 2015 at Sonoma State University in the School of Education Education Awards Ceremony on the SSU Campus, starting at 5:00 PM. The ceremony is open to the public; all ages are welcome to attend the celebration.

The 2015 application is not yet finalized, but you may download the 2014 application now.

Note: Programs that have received the Jack London Award are not eligible to win a second time.

2013 Jack London Award Recipients

Early/Elementary Category:

Arts Integration Program, Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts, Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa
Elizabeth Evans, Principal and Kim Jason, Teacher

Secondary Category:

Northwest Prep Reinvented, Northwest Prep Charter School, Piner Olivet Union School District, Santa Rosa
Tony Harris, Principal

Science Club, Lawrence Cook Middle School, Santa Rosa City School District, Santa Rosa, Allegra Buschman, Teacher


Cook Middle School Students receiving the 2013 Jack London Award for their Science Club

2012 Jack London Award Recipients

Teacher Nancy Saylor and three others from Oak Grove School receiving the Jack London award certificate

Carlos Ayala posing with project director Marie Ganister and the team of teachers from Windsor High School's Vineyard Academy

Elementary Category: Primos, Oak Grove Elementary School, Santa Rosa, Nancy Saylor, Program Coordinator

Program Goal: Bring together high school mentors and elementary English language learners to improve academic skills and foster a desire to succeed.






Secondary Category: Windsor High School, Windsor, Marie Ganister, Program Coordinator

Program Goal: Vineyard Academy is dedicated to the education of our students with an emphasis on the hospitality and culinary environment of Sonoma County.