Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) is proud to announce the prestigious Golden Bell Award has been given to an outstanding team of special educators who work with students with moderate/severe disabilities. The Golden Bell Award is being presented for exceptional work as a model Professional Learning Community (PLC) Team. The BCOE team will be honored at the 34th Annual Golden Bell Awards Ceremony of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) in San Diego. Working with students who have significant disabilities, the BCOE special education team uses assessment and data to drive instruction with a population that isn’t typically seen as needing rigorous academic instruction. Although the nine team members work at different sites throughout Butte County, they come together regularly to collaborate and engage in collective inquiry regarding best practices for teaching and learning. "Our board could not be happier and more pleased that the PLC Team is receiving this award" says Brenda McLaughlin, Butte County Board of Education President. "As a board we knew and appreciated the dedication of Michelle’s  special education team and this program showcases their collaboration for the benefit of these students. To also share their success with school boards statewide and receiving the Golden Bell Award, is indeed a very proud achievement!", she concludes.   The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The goal of this awards program is to contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services. The BCOE PLC Team is one of 59 recipients of this esteemed award in many varied categories. “I couldn’t be more proud of the recognition of this team’s hard work and dedication to their students and the PLC process” states Michelle Zevely, Director of Special Education. “In 2009 we embarked on the PLC journey and this team has implemented the best practices of collaboration, the use of common assessments, and data from these assessments to inform instruction in a way that has benefitted every student and educator in our program!” "Receiving this award,” stated Butte County Office of Education Superintendent Tim Taylor, “signifies the passion and commitment of not only our team of special educators, but the collaboration of Butte County as a whole in their goal to achieve academic excellence for all. The fact that this award represents multiple school districts makes it unique as a Golden Bell Award selection."  The highly respected Golden Bell Award will be presented at a special ceremony during the California School Boards Association's Awards Luncheon at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The event is held in conjunction with the CSBA's Annual Education Conference. This is the 2nd Golden Bell Award received by the BCOE special education department. Assistant Superintendent, Steve Olmos summed up the sentiment felt by Butte County Office of Education stating, “This is an incredible honor that is well deserved by our hard-working and dedicated staff.”