About the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation

old photo of Jack London, out doors, with a leather jacket and book on his lap

History

Jack London epitomized the life-long learner. His own education was characterized by innovative and non-traditional experiences. London’s primary devotion, however was to the PEOPLE, as he called them, and he wanted an informed public that would direct leaders, not follow them blindly.

By age 30 London was internationally famous for his books Call of the Wild (1903), The Sea Wolf (1904) and other literary and journalistic accomplishments. His stories of high adventure were based on his own experiences at sea, in the Yukon Territory, and in the fields and factories of California.  His writings appealed to millions worldwide. Jack London drew inspiration from his Sonoma County home, and loved the rustic beauty his ranch in Glen Ellen.

We memorialize the creative and individualistic spirit that London represents with this award program, which is designed to recognize and encourage innovative, educational programs. Since the program began back in 1988, the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation has every year drawn the local education community together to meet and recognize the individuals responsible for innovative and creative work happening in our public schools here in Sonoma County. Learn about past programs that received the award.

Goals of the Jack London Award Program

  • To recognize and publicize outstanding innovative programs and the individuals responsible for them.
  • To project a positive image of public education.

SSU faculty, as well as community and educational leaders, serve as judges for this award program. The Jack London Award Committee makes final selection of award recipients.

Criteria for judging include:

  1. Original vision and impetus for the program
  2. Innovative and creative approaches
  3. Engages teachers and school community collaboratively
  4. The impact of this program on students and how it might be adaptable to other settings

The Jack London Awards are possible because of the generous support from

California Faculty Association
Sonoma County Educators Council CTA/NEA
Sonoma County Office of Education
Sonoma State University

Note: Programs that have received the Jack London Award are not eligible to win a second time.