On Friday, November 30, Gordon received the Justus A. Prentice Award from the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) at the organization's annual conference in Tampa, Florida. The national honor acknowledges contributions for executive leadership in advancing educational service agency programs at the regional, state, and national levels.
"Dave Gordon embodies all that is right about executive leadership in public education. The Sacramento County Board of Education congratulates and commends him for receiving the Justus A. Prentice Award," said Board President Greg Geeting. "The AESA could not have found a more deserving candidate for the award anywhere in the nation."
The AESA award is the second esteemed honor for Gordon this year. In April, he received the 2012 Executive Leadership Award from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). This award is made annually to the person who has made outstanding and significant contributions to support public education.
Gordon has served since 2004 as Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. Prior to joining SCOE, he served as Superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District from 1995 to 2004. He also has served as Deputy State Superintendent for the California Department of Education. Gordon began his career as an elementary school teacher in the South Bronx, New York.
During his career, Gordon has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (the "Nation's Report Card"). He has also served as Chair of NAGB's Reporting and Dissemination Committee. From 2001–03 Gordon served on the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sierra Health Foundation.