California Advancing Pathways for Students (CalAPS) Recognized with Distinguished California Education Honor





CalAPS  receives Golden Bell Award from California School Boards Association

celebrating outstanding education programs and governance practices


SACRAMENTO, Calif., (December 7, 2023) California Advancing Pathways for Students (CalAPS) was selected as one of 60 recipients of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, celebrating their 44th year, are presented by the California School Boards Association to promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.

CalAPS received its award at a well-attended reception and ceremony on Nov. 30, 2023, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. The awards ceremony was part of CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show held from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in San Francisco. The conference is the premier continuing education event for California school board members and the largest education leadership conference in the state.


California Advancing Pathways for Students (CalAPS) ROC/P is dedicated to building bridges to industry by providing quality career technical education for students to ensure they become successful, college- and career-ready members within the global community. The program’s vision is to ensure courses are standards aligned, taught by industry experts, provide meaningful career exploration, supported by business and higher education, and aligned to the local labor market. New innovative programs are the BioAnimaker Lab, Switch Electric Vehicle instruction and ESports Gaming Lab.


A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices of education across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. On-site validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs in action. This year’s Golden Bell winners demonstrated that they are addressing student needs through areas such as equity and access, school climate and safety, technology, and wellness.


“As we wrestle with the aftermath of the pandemic and address longstanding issues related to student success, it’s important to highlight school districts and county offices of education that are demonstrate promising practices for closing opportunity and achievement gaps and supporting student wellness,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “This year’s Golden Bell winners have developed remarkable programs that can serve as an example for schools across the state as they work to accelerate learning recovery and foster healthy school environments for all California students.


To learn more about the Golden Bell Awards and all the winners, visit




CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at


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