Application Process

Nominations are now open for the 2017-18 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 18, 2018.

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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 February and March 2018 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 Nancy Kohn-Hsieh at

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SMCOE Excellence in Education & Equity Award

SMCSBA is pleased to announce that the San Mateo County Office of Education will be sponsoring the first ever 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 2018

Upcoming Events

  1. January 29, 2018 Membership Meeting and Dinner

    January 29 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Board of Directors Meeting

    February 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  3. March 5, 2018 Membership Meeting and Dinner

    March 5 @ 6:30 pm
  4. April 16, 2018 Membership Meeting and Dinner

    April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. 2018 Kent Awards Dinner

    May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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