Academy of Innovation Recognized with Distinguished California Education Honor

The Academy of Innovation was selected as one of 52 recipients of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, celebrating their 43rd 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.

The Academy of Innovation was recognized for the Evolution of the Virtual Program. The Academy of Innovation provides an alternative virtual education model to support Corona-Norco USD’s goal of ensuring all students have opportunities to achieve high academic success. This unique course-based independent study model provides unparalleled flexibility and support for students and families. Through effective use of technology, Corona-Norco strives to inspire and empower learners as they continue to adapt to change and focus on connecting and building positive relationships with the community.

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.

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The Academy of Innovation received the 2022 Golden Bell Award.