Outstanding Instructional Leader Award
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.pdf
California ASCD is proud to announce Dr. Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent, California Department of Education and Mr. Michael McCormick, Superintendent of Val Verde Unified School District, as our two winners of the 2019 Outstanding Instructional Leader Award. They are both equally outstanding instructional leaders, therefore we have awarded two winners this year.
Dr. Thomas "Tom" Adams, Deputy Superintendent, CDE:
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.
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.
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