BURBANK -- A Burbank Unified School District literacy program that
encourages parents to get involved with their children’s reading
assignments has been awarded a Golden Bell by the California School Board
The Golden Bell awards spotlight positive trends in public education
by focusing success stories in California’s public school districts,
officials said. The awards were presented during the association’s Annual
Education Conference at a luncheon at the San Francisco Marriott on Dec.
The Burbank Unified School District’s Parent and Literacy Seminars
program was recognized as an innovative and outstanding educational
program in the state, association officials said.
The PALS program’s five-week seminar, held once a year at Burbank
elementary schools, is aimed at involving parents on their children’s
literacy and reading assignments. Parents attend the sessions and work
with a literacy resource teacher who instructs them on how best to assist
their kids with their school work. The program provides information and
support for parents that is essential, said Andrea Canady, director of
elementary education for Burbank Unified.
“It’s very beneficial for parents. They feel that they have a much
better understanding of literacy and reading assignments,” Canady said.
The Golden Bell honor was a first for the three-year-old program,
Canady said. To be eligible for the competition, educational programs
must have been in operation for at least two years and must prove that
they have made a difference in students’ academic performance, Canady