VESD Receives Golden Bell Award

VESD Receives Golden Bell Award
Posted on 12/07/2023

Victor Elementary School District Recognized with Distinguished California Education Honor 


VESD’s Child Welfare and Attendance Liaison program receives the Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association, celebrating outstanding education programs and governance practices.


Sacramento, CA - The Victor Elementary School District (VESD) Child Welfare and Attendance Liaison (CWAL) program was selected as one of 60 recipients of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award, presented by the California School Boards Association (CSBA).

The CWAL program at VESD helps re-engage students and families to improve student attendance and build relationships with their schools. Using a data-driven, collaborative approach, the nine-person CWAL team, led by Ian Johnson, works directly with each of VESD's 18 school site's Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) teams to identify and overcome obstacles concerning student attendance.

CWALs take the initiative to meet families wherever they are, whether in their homes, apartments, hotels, or homeless shelters; they do whatever it takes to build relationships and provide them with resources to help get their students to school and succeed when they are in class and to connect families with much-needed resources.

Superintendent Lori Clark was thrilled on behalf of the CWAL team, saying, “We are so proud of the work that our CWAL team has done. They’ve been an incredibly strong resource that supports our families and communities by building relationships with our schools to increase student attendance and achievement.”

CSBA gives the Golden Bell Awards 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.

A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices oeducation across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. On-site validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs in action. This years 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 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.