Advanced Authentic Research

AAR Program Wins SCCSBA’s Hoffmann Award

Celebratory Showcase
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 2:33pm

The Santa Clara County School Boards Association (SCCSBA) has announced PAUSD’s Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program as one of the 2017 winners of its prestigious Glenn W. Hoffmann Awards, a 33-year tradition which celebrates school programs that significantly impact student success in Santa Clara County.


The AAR Program is a unique opportunity for students in grades 10-12 to engage in original research in an area of their choosing. Students are paired with volunteer mentors who are experts in the field of the student's choosing. It also welcomes other community engagements. The program strives to fulfill our district’s mission of nurturing student interest and igniting student passion through real world, hands on research enabling students to explore career pathway with students to exploring topics in a wide variety of disciplines including humanities and social sciences, business, science and engineering.


Our District will be honored at a ceremony on April 26th. Among the four winners, one of the programs will also receive the Kristi Porter Outstanding Program Award. Each year, the highest-scoring program earns the Kristi Porter Outstanding Program Award, named after a late board member of the Oak Grove School District and past president of the SCCSBA. The Kristi Porter Award winner will be announced at the April 26th ceremony. The event is sponsored by Op Terra Energy Services, the Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.


The awards honor Glenn W. Hoffmann, who served as the superintendent of Santa Clara County schools from 1967 to 1984, and believed that leadership is a key factor in educational reform. A committee of school administrators and school board members scores entries from Santa Clara County school programs. Awards are given to only those programs that receive the highest scores.