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Every year California ASCD selects an Outstanding Instructional Leader (OIL) who has significantly impacted/influenced public education in California. Individuals, who influence, advocate for and support professional growth and instructional leadership to ensure success for each learner are nominated by their CASCD peers. The award is given in recognition of Helen Heffernan who provided California with outstanding service, keen insight, vision and leadership. 

Here is a link to the Nomination form if you would like to nominate a worthy candidate.   OIL Award Nomination form 2020-21.pdf


is the Superintendent of the Val Verde Unified School District.  He is known for his passion for innovation and helping students acquire their higher education aspirations.  Before becoming Superintendent, Michael served for six years as the Assistant Superintendent for Education Services for Val Verde USD.  Under his leadership, VVUSD has been recognized by the Leadership Policy Institute (2019) as a California school district that is “Beating the Odds” for African American and Hispanic students and Education Trust West named Val Verde USD as, “tops among California districts Closing the Achievement Gap.”  He participated as a member of the Riverside County contingent of educators summoned by the White House to a meeting at the U.S. Department of Education to create the Riverside County Education Collaborative and connect with the College Day of Opportunity.
California ASCD is proud to announce Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent, winner of the 2020 Outstanding Instructional Leader Award.  (Picture to follow)

2020 Winner

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent

 

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan was selected as the CASCD Outstanding Instructional Educator (OIL) Award for many reasons.  She has vast experience spanning over 30 years in education.  She has done extensive work in early learning, launching the Strong Start Coalition composed of community leaders and organizations to expand high quality early learning opportunities throughout Santa Clara County.  She also demonstrates her commitment and focus on equity through the Inclusions Collaborative to provide more opportunities for students with disabilities to be meaningfully included.  Her leadership also led to the My Name, My Identity - asking educators to pledge to pronouncing students' names correctly to foster a sense of belonging and to build positive relationships within the classroom.

Most recently, as the Santa Clara County Superintendent, she has supported the 32 superintendents in the county in navigating through school closures by providing advocacy and garnering local financial support for connectivity and device needs within districts.  She has organized twice weekly meetings with the Public Health Department and County Counsel to keep the district leaders apprised and supported.  Dr. Dewan stepped forward providing resources and guidance during this most difficult time, advocating and supporting superintendents in a thoughtful, calm and deliberate manner.  Her graceful leadership and critical listening provided the necessary support to allow for collective and timely support to each respective community.  She is certainly an educational leader worthy of emulation.

2019 Co-Winner

Dr. Thomas "Tom" Adams, Deputy Superintendent, CDE:

 has served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Performance, Planning and   Technology Branch and the Deputy Superintendent of the Teaching and Learning   Support Branch.  In his 22 years at the California Department of Education (CDE),   Tom mainly worked in the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources   Division and served as the Executive Director of the Instructional Quality   Commission.  Some of his professional accomplishments include the English Language   Arts/English Language Development Curriculum Framework for Public Schools (2014) and   the History-Social Science Curriculum Framework for Public Schools (2016).  He received   his doctorate in modern European history from  University of California, Davis, and earned his BA in history from California State University, Chico.  Tom is also a member of the Board of Education for the Davis Joint Unified School District, was elected initially in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.


2019 Co-Winner

Michael R. McCormick, Superintendent of the Val Verde Unified School District:

 He is known for his passion for innovation and helping students acquire their higher education aspirations.  Before becoming Superintendent, Michael served for six years as the Assistant Superintendent for Education Services for Val Verde USD.  Under his leadership, VVUSD has been recognized by the Leadership Policy Institute (2019) as a California school district that is “Beating the Odds” for African American and Hispanic students and Education Trust West named Val Verde USD as, “tops among California districts Closing the Achievement Gap.”  He participated as a member of the Riverside County contingent of educators summoned by the White House to a meeting at the U.S. Department of Education to create the Riverside County Education Collaborative and connect with the College Day of Opportunity.

2018 Winner

Charlene Stringham


Charlene Stringham supports educators in Tulare County in their work with students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As a leader in Tulare County, she is a strong advocate for all students and has garnered partnerships with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Stanford University to improve elementary math instruction. In addition to her work in instructional services for Tulare County, she has presented on topics related to policy analysis, curriculum and instruction, and instructional leadership.


2017 Winner

Dr. Linda Kaminski

As superintendent of Azusa Unified School District, Dr. Linda Kaminski has taken vision, courage, leadership, and intent and blended them into a coherent system to bring results to Azusa. Successful examples of her work include supporting professional learning communities, positive behavioral interventions and supports, assessments built to mirror expectations of state standards, investment in leadership, and successfully passing a bond to modernize facilities.

Dr. Kaminski received her Bachelor Degree from Santa Clara University, Master of Science from Pepperdine University, and Master of Education and Doctor of Education from Harvard University.


2016 Winners


Dr. Mike Hendricks is being recognized for his 36 years of service to the children of our state. In his current role as the head of Charter Oak Unified School District, he is known for his vision and focus on transforming curriculum and instruction. He has also made an impact statewide through his active service in ACSA and his passion for teaching future educators at the university level. Dr. Hendricks has served in many roles with CASCD and is currently chair of the Educator Advocate Committee.

Dr. Kevin Silberberg, Superintendent of Panama Buena-Vista School District, is being recognized for his statewide leadership in improving education through innovative and effective use of technology. He was an original member of the TICAL Leadership Cadre and has an extensive resume of presentations and leadership roles which have built the capacity of educators across the state in improving 21st century learning for all students. 

Past Winners

1999-2000                 Bob and Sue Garmston
2002-2003 Dr. Glen W. Thomas
Dr. Joann Merrick
2003-2004 Michele Garside
2005-2006 Tony L. Spears
Jeanie Cash 
2008 Alice Petrossian
Rob Hudson
2011 Sue Stickel
2012 George Manthey
2013 Karen Staph Walters
Vicki Barber
2014 Sherry Skelly Griffith
Rowland Baker
2015 Ellen Moir

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