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23rd Annual Jack London Award
Presented on May 12, 2010
University Commons, Sonoma State University

2010 Award Recipient:

ready for kindergarten group photo

Ready for Kindergarten
Petaluma Adult School
Petaluma City School District
Program Coordinators: Carol Waxman and Nancy Emanuele

Program Goal: A bilingual kindergarten transition program for disadvantaged children who have had little or no pre-school prior to kindergarten entrance, giving one or both parents the opportunity to attend class with the child to learn the academic, social and behavioral skills necessary for a successful kindergarten experience.

2010 Jack London Award Finalists:

science explorations

Science Explorations
Sequoia Elementary School
Rincon Valley Union School District
Program Coordinator: Wendy Schwartz
Program Goal: Expands the science curriculum beyond the textbook into a weekly hands-on exploration of topics for children in grades K-6. Lessons explore science concepts through direct instruction, challenge activities, experimentation, observation and analysis, physical activity, art projects and group work.

active student engagement

Active Student Engagement
Mountain Shadows Middle School
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
Program Coordinator: Rae Galeazzi
Program Goal: Provides teachers with tools to engage all students, from the struggling English learner to the most successful honor student, and provides students with myriad opportunities during a class period to participate in rich academic discourse and become responsible and accountable for their own learning.

university center

University Center at Elsie Allen
Elsie Allen High School
Santa Rosa City School District
Program Coordinator: Jenny Fleischer
Program Goal: Provides an intensive preparatory and college education to motivated high school students. The program is a collaborative effort between Elsie Allen High School and Sonoma State University aimed to assist talented low-income and first-generation college students. Students in the program have a rigorous and innovative curriculum in an accelerated schedule and enrollment in university courses while still in high school.