Application Process

Nominations are now open for the 2019-2020 J. Russell Kent Exemplary Program Award. All districts are encouraged to submit nominations of outstanding programs. The awards will be presented at our annual awards ceremony on May 8, 2020. (Note: Due to the current health situation, the 2019-2020 Kent Awards have been postponed). 

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2020. 

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Nomination Guidelines

Evaluation Procedure

Entries will be scored according to the program rubric. A committee selected by the Executive Board will do the paper evaluation screening and site visits during March and April 2019 will verify the information submitted. The SMCSBA Executive Board will make a final review and applicants will be notified by letter or email whether or not they have received an award. The superintendent will be notified by letter of the status of his/her district’s application(s).

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Greg Land at  or Kalimah Salahuddin at

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3rd Annual SMCOE Excellence in Education & Equity Award

SMCSBA is pleased to announce that the San Mateo County Office of Education will again sponsor the Excellence in Education and Equity Award at the Kent Awards celebration. The award will recognize a team of educators from among the Kent Award winners to celebrate the collaborative work being done in the county to support students. There is no separate application process to be eligible for this award.

Important Links

Kent Award Online Application

Program Rubric

Emily Garfield Award 2019

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