Local Engagement Exemplar Prize

WestEd Announces Local Engagement Exemplar Prize, Honoring School Districts that Engage Students and Parents in the Education Process

“Grand Slam” District Winners Eligible to Receive $25,000

logo+website-cmykWestEd has announced the creation of a new prize honoring school districts that have increased educational engagement among parents and students. The prize is funded by The California Endowment.

“Our goal is to learn how school districts are improving academic achievement and wellness by making students and parents more active participants in the education process,” said Judi Larsen, Program Manager at The California Endowment. “It is critically important to share these successes now, because the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula law is providing resources especially for this purpose. LCFF asks school districts serving high-need students to improve engagement, and districts are hungry to identify best practices they can adapt and implement in their schools. It’s truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

Unlike most education prizes, anyone is eligible to recommend school districts and complete a prize application. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: student engagement and parent engagement. Five finalists in each category will receive $5,000 each. One winner in each category will receive $12,500. If a single school district wins both prizes, it will receive a total of $25,000 and the title of “Grand Slam” award winner.

Applications for the prize are being accepted now through March 23, 2016. Applications will be evaluated by community advocates and experts at WestEd, a nonprofit research, development and service organization focused on education issues. School districts in California’s Central Coast, Central Valley, and Inland Empire regions are eligible to win.

About the California Endowment


The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno, and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org.

Local Engagement Exemplar Award Overview and Applications

Follow the links below to find out more about the award and to download the parent and student application files.