The San Mateo County School Boards Association initiated the J. Russell Kent Award Program in the 1980-81 school year. These awards are given to programs that are being implemented in a school district, county office of education, or in the community college district in San Mateo County.
These awards are named after the past County Superintendent of Schools for San Mateo County, J. Russell Kent. The Kent Awards process begins in the fall when districts submit applications to the San Mateo County School Boards Association. The applications are screened and evaluated by the Screening Committee using rubrics adopted by the Rubric Review Committee. The programs that successfully pass the screening are then visited by the Visitation Committee to verify the findings of the screening Committee.
The San Mateo County School Boards Association is pleased to be able to acknowledge and publicize the outstanding teachers and programs in San Mateo County. We encourage school board members and district staff to visit these programs in other districts. We believe they will come away, not only convinced of the high quality of the programs , but as enthusiastic about our school districts and staff throughout the county as we have been.
This year’s reception will be held on May 22, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City. Information to apply for an award can be found on the Apply for an Award page.