• Curriculum Project Grant Winners

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    The Curriculum Project Grants are intended for teachers of any grade level or subject area who would like to implement innovative and effective instructional units.This grant is for Santa Barbara County teachers who have successful, creative, or innovative curriculum units or projects. Teachers are welcome to submit projects from any subject area.


    2020-2021 Winners:

    Marna Ford-Los Berros School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Watching Water Within Our School Garden

    Using the Los Berros School garden the students will learn about the water properties, water cycle, and water conservation. Student will measure rainfall, planting seedlings, watch local fauna while developing water conservation practices and using drip irrigation..
    Sponsors- 
    Santa Barbara County Water Agency

    Robert Gottler-San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    From Green Waste to Black Gold

    Students build and use a simple "worm hotel" method of Vemi-composting. They will be able to use this small footprint, low odor system either indoors or outdoors to compost fruit and vegetable scraps (green waste) into highly nutrient-rich worm castings (black gold fertilizer) through the digestive activity of red wiggler worms..
    Sponsors-
    The Towbes Foundation

    Joseph Inverso-Crestview School, Lompoc Unified School District
    California Native Plants Demonstration Garden

    This class will build, plant and maintain a California native plant demonstration graden through researching the native plants of the area and complete a list of compatible herbs and flowers in order to promote water conservation at VAFB..
    Sponsors-
    Santa Barbara County Water Agency

    Kristen Lohr-Ontiveros School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Every Drop Counts, Inside and Out

    JPO Condors learn the value of water for their health and the health of all living things on our planet. Condors learn to safely access hydration stations on campus and the rountine of staying hydrated while using this valuable resource..
    Sponsors-
    Santa Barbara County Water Agency

    Rene Medina-Alvin Avenue School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Hockey Unit

    This is a hockey unit based on the instructional model " Teaching Games for Understanding" The student will acquire and demonstrate the necessary skills and strategies to effectively participate in hockey game/activity, while learning respect, personal and social responsibility, as well as appropriate behavior..
    Sponsors-
    Altrusa International Foundation/Santa Maria

    Jason Naczek-Santa Ynez Charter School, College District
    Successful Student-led Vocabulary

    This is a student-led mini-unit where the students interact with the vocabulary words through a variety of exercises..
    Sponsors-
    The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation

    Jennifer Rasmussen-Refugio High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
    Eagle's Victory Garden

    The students will create an organic vegetable and fruit garden, where they will learn skills, work together on a common goal and connect the community through hands on project..
    Sponsors-
    The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation

    Sarah Schaupeter-Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Social Skills on Zoom Through Partner Reading and Book Clubs

    The goal for this project is to get students talking with one another through book clubs and partner reading.
    Sponsor- 
    The Towbes Foundation

    Dawn Schroeder-El Camino School, Goleta Union School District
    Fun Friday Virtual Fieldtrips

    Every Friday the students are surprised with a virtual fieldtrip! After reading, writing, and learning about a theme/topic the students will locate a local resource to reinforce their knowledge in a "real" way and use their responses as an authentic assessment.
    Sponsor-
    Deckers

    Kirra Stankoski & Aldous Pabon-Goleta Union School District
    Cardboard Craftsmanship

    Students will explore different types of cardboard attachments to design and assemble their own arcade style game by asking, imagining, planning, creating, and improving each step of their creation.
    Sponsor-
    ExxonMobil

    Allan Viscarra-Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    SB Kids Local Treasures

    This project allows students a platform to show support for parks, businesses, and organizations by writing positive reviews about places in their community. Students learn to give and receive feedback so that all learners can strengthen and publish their informative texts, opinions pieces, and artwork.
    Sponsor-
    Deckers

    Lara Wooten-Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
    Rain Catchment Barrels for Campus Food Forest

    Students are in the beginning stages of establishing a sustaining farm. The students will install two rain catchment barrels to create a catchment system that will model how to maximize rain water and emphasize the preciousness of this resource.
    Sponsor- 
    Santa Barbara County Water Agency

    Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

    Donna Beal-Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    The students will learn new vocabulary and develop oral language as they prepare for a performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Sarah Barthel-Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Music Matters: Using Musical Theatre to Process the Pandemic

    Using musical theatre songs from many different composers as their inspiration, students will craft a performance that helps the performers and their virtual audience process the pandemic.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Sharon Gallagher Tashjian-Clarence Ruth School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Ready, Set, Van Gogh

    Students will participate in a comparative study of artist Vincent van Gogh's paintings from Central France to the Central California Coast. Studens will create an original painting in a van Gogh style, depicting Santa Barbara County scenes.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Bree Jansen-Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    "The Show Must Go On: Creating Community Connection through Virtual Performance"

    This dance team has found new ways to continue to perform through Technology! Using Zoom as a meeting platform, students meet to learn and rehearse new choreography. They record their performances with their instructor who shares them on YouTube to be shared with the world.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Jennifer Peterson-Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Sing in a Virtual Choir with Cal Poly SLO Choirs

    The Madrigal Singers will learn a choral piece(s) over Zoom and submit recordings to be pieced together with the Cal Poly Choir recordings. This will be a whole new choral tool for those participating.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl


    2019-2020 Winners:

    Laura Branch- Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    STEMMING Our Way into Energy Resources to Learn How they Drive the Yield

    Petroleum is the “perfect” resource and it results in a high energy yield. Throughout this project, students will use STEM to learn about the different energy resources that exist in the world around us and how they drive the energy yield.
    Sponsor- ExxonMobil

    Mandi de Witte & Audrey Rogan- Carpinteria High School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Constructing Careful Coastlines! Nitrogen Runoff and Erosion Lab

    Students will first analyze how humans impact the Nitrogen cycle through erosion from community development and fertilizers washing into local waterways and causing algal blooms. They will then work in teams to design their own mini coastline model and use various Earth materials to prevent erosion and Nitrogen runoff, and test their efforts with a mini rainstorm!
    Sponsor- ExxonMobil

    Sharon Gallagher Tashjian- Clarence Ruth School, Lompoc Unified School District
    "A B "CD's": Recycle "CD's" to Protect our SEAS
    This recycling project is multi-faceted, utilizing recycled CD’s to create fish abc’s for the primary students, California Ocean Current lessons, culminating with an ocean pollution awareness campaign, collecting CD’s for recycling at school and in our local community.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Marilyn Garza & Chris Hammon- Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Urban Heat

    Students will explore the phenomena of urban heat islands through hands on measurements, readings, first sources, and the analysis of graphical data. Using their experiences, the students will then redesign a neighborhood park that not only implements solutions to reduce the effect of urban heat islands, but also serve the public needs of their community.
    Sponsors-
    Deckers Brands and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Karen Hamner- La Honda STEAM Academy, Lompoc Unified School District
    Survival Challenge

    After reading and studying Hatchet and Island of the Blue Dolphins, students will create their own survival challenge by choosing an uninhabited location and creating a narrative of how they will survive for two weeks. The students will  present their learning in a project that illustrates their survival, its challenges, and their adventure.
    Sponsors-
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and The Towbes Foundation

    Melanie Honeycutt- Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Paper Recycling Entrepreneurial Project

    Students will start a paper recycling company by creating new paper from shredded paper on campus. This will result in less waste on campus and create a renewable source for a sell-able product.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

    Ryan Hubbard- Arellanes Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Modeling Conservation of Matter

    This unit will introduce students to the idea that matter is conserved during ordinary chemical reactions. They will learn how to model atoms and molecules with colored circles. They will then be able to use this method to model how matter is conserved during chemical reactions.
    Sponsor-
    Deckers Brands

    Francisco Mujica- Bruce School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Ride Safe and Caring

    Exposing 1st-6th grade students to bicycle riding as a means to not only help reduce greenhouse gases but also to keep each other safe and healthy. Students will present their knowledge on greenhouse gases and will also present the rules of the road and proper bicycle maintenance skills.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

    Alyssa Prieto- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Using Trigonometry and Clinometers to Calculate the Height of Our School Flagpole
    Students use handmade clinometers (both physical and a digital app), indirect measurement, and trigonometry to calculate the height of a flagpole.  Student teams then compete to see who is closest.
    Sponsors-
    ExxonMobil and Deckers Brands

    Sean Reish- Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    Computer Literacy Using the Google Platform

    Financial Literacy will help students acquire skills in digital organization, email, document formatting, calendars, spreadsheets, and digital task management, all using the free Google Technology Suite.
    Sponsors-
    Deckers Brands and The Towbes Foundation

    Graciela Romero- El Camino School, Goleta Union School District
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    In this project, students will learn about the impact of plastic pollution in their community. They will be challenged to recycle plastic bags to design something new and useful, and to see themselves as empowered individuals who can make a difference.
    Sponsors-
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Nora Zwehl Quintero- El Camino & La Patera School, Goleta Union School District
    Nature is Competition: The Role of Plant Structures in Pollination and Seed Dispersal

    Students will work through lessons on pollination and seed dispersal and then write a descriptive narrative tied to the newly opened world of botany. This began as preparing for a field trip to Lotusland and is now a complex unit on competition, botany, plant structures, vocabulary, and writing a descriptive narrative; it includes specific strategies for many different types of learners, including those identified as gifted.
    Sponsors-
    Deckers Brands

    Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

    Dylan Aguilera-Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Beginning Drum Integration and Achievement in the Big Band Tradition

    Integration of a professional Big Band Jazz Drum Set teaching artist into classroom curriculum and activities to increase the rate of growth in our Novice Drum Set Students so that they can perform on par with their colleagues at various jazz festivals.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Sarah Barthel-Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Mounting a Musical (Putting Practice in Action)

    Led by students in Directing class, a combined class of Musical Theatre 2 and Advanced Musical Theatre students will jointly mount a production of a 60 minute musical (pending licensing approval, the musical will be Moana Jr.).  With a condensed “junior” title of a musical, high school theatre students will be able to put on a full scale production with rehearsal occurring only within the daily theatre class, thereby allowing access to all enrolled students.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Marna Ford- Los Berros School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Disney's Frozen JR.

    The school’s production of Frozen, Jr. will be a culmination of the school’s mission to integrate the arts into the students’ education. With almost 100 students and six teachers involved, we will collaborate with our local high school to present a full production (with actors, music, sets, costumes, and choreography) to our local community and local schools while including arts integration lessons including theater, science and writing.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Roxana Maldonado-Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    Paris Is Burning; A Fashion Show For Everyone

    In this unit students from all high schools in the district who are members of the Gender and Sexualities Alliance Clubs will present a fully realized fashion show production which will reflect both aesthetic development as well as personal identity expression through movement, fashion and music.  They will further deepen their sense of identity as it relates to race/ethnicity, ability, gender/sexuality, age, education, and socio-economic status while promoting social growth in others by using stage craft as activism and their own ability to live and work cooperatively with their peer.  They will gain respect and appreciation for the diversity which exists all around us.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Jennifer Peterson- Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    The Gift of the Magi

    The Advanced Musical Theater Class will perform theater outreach to the local elementary schools. The class will put together a one act play, “The Gift of the Magi”, that the local elementary schools can attend. After the show, there will be time for a talk back with the actors and tech crew about what it is like to do a play in high school. We will also talk about the theme/message of “The Gift of the Magi” (IE: Being thoughtful of others, giving to those you love.)
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl


    2018-2019 Winners: 

    Whitney Alegria- Washington Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Literacy Workshops

    Literacy Workshop will allow students to grow in reading with differentiation strategies to target a wide range of students from struggling readers/writers to high achieving students.  Students learn in different contexts and by providing a variety texts and tools student can reach their fullest potential.
    Sponsor-
    Deckers Brands

    Heather Blanchard- Los Olivos School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Generating Enthusiasm for Elementary Education: Read Aloud and Writer's Workshop

    A guest veteran instructor will teach three class sessions to high school students who play the dual role of acting as first grade students and introduction to education students. High school students will identify the Common Core State Standards covered in an example read aloud lesson, learn how to create and deliver a read aloud lesson, record effective teaching strategies for writing lessons for young learners, and create an organizational system for an elementary writing center.
    Sponsors-
    Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Mandi de Witte- Carpinteria High School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Air Quality Monitoring Project

    The students will monitor informative data provided by the PurpleAir Sensors these low cost sensors are a popular tool for community members to understand localized, neighborhood-specific air quality conditions, providing additional information to the regional conditions monitored by the District’s more sophisticated air quality monitoring network.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control

    Brendan Fereday- McKinley Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    The Powers of Rivers

    Students will learn about California’s hydroelectric system and the role it plays in clean and sustainable energy. They will also learn how kinetic energy from physical water flow can be converted to electrical energy by constructing and testing their own hydroelectric generators.
    Sponsors-
    Deckers Brands and ExxonMobil

    Nicole Hersh- Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Second Grade Traditional Tales Publishing

    The second graders will write their own traditional tale based on model texts. They will revise, edit, and illustrate the story to be published in a collection book (class anthology).
    Sponsors-
    Deckers Brands and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Laura Ishikawa- Orfales Children's Center, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Preschool STEM: Literacy, Exploration and Learning

    This classroom project will help develop preschool STEM skills such as tinkering, making, engineering, constructing and deconstructing, predicting, observing, problem solving, and language development by linking children’s literature to natural play and every day exploration.
    Sponsor-
    ExxonMobil

    Jennifer Ogren & Kristina Sewell- Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District-Bill Denneen Environmental Trust
    Collaborative Day Trip to the Guadalupe Dunes with Los Padres Forest Watch and Cal Poly's Adventure Club

    The goal is for the club members to experience and connect to the natural resources in the area, while also connecting with a local non-profit and a University. The club will travel to the Guadalupe Dunes and collaborating with Los Padres Forest Watch and Cal Poly’s Adventure Club.
    Sponsor-
    Bill Denneen Environmental Trust

    Anna Pilhoefer- Cleveland Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Tinkering in the Art Studio Project @ Cleveland Elementary

    Tinkering in the Art Studio Project will afford the students with immersive, active, and creative experiences that will allow the students to slow down, become deeply engaged in an investigation of scientific/artistic phenomena, and make something using unique ideas and aesthetics. Science, art, and technology will all make for interesting, fun, and rewarding explorations where scientific principles lend itself to expressing the student artists’ vision.
    Sponsors-
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and The Towbes Foundation

    Alyssa Prieto- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Desmos Math Animated Art Project

    Students will design a creative art project that includes every type of function they have come across in their education thus far.  They will have to transform parent functions, restrict domains, shade graphically through the use of inequalities, and animate aspects of their equations to make their art come alive on Desmos.  Students gain a better understanding of how different aspects of each type of equation changes the graph of that equation. This project also gives them the practice graphing all of the functions within the same scale.
    Sponsors- ExxonMobil and Deckers Brands

    Ronnie Tow- Santa Ynez School, College School District
    The Science of Cooking
    Cooking is both an art AND a science. This curriculum enriches students in both of the aforementioned STEAM related areas! The goal is to show students that there is science taking place in every culinary endeavor. Lessons include a complete recipe for students to carry out, in addition to experiments, which encourage students to explore the scientific content of the recipes more deeply.
    Sponsors-
    Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Isao Sugano- Hope School, Hope School District
    Bank System

    This is a unique program which uses financial math concepts to help manage the classroom throughout the year. Designed for 5th or 6th, this program at a minimum exposes students to concepts of salary, expenses, rent and mortgage, and investments while motivating them to bring up their classroom behavior and study habits; at best, it is fuse that lights passion and interest for their future dreams and career goals.
    Sponsor-
    The Towbes Foundation

    Tracy Womack- La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Droning On & On & On!
    Students will get to build and code our new AirBlock Drones. This is the first time that students have been able to build, code, and fly drones. In teams of two, the students will build a drone, learn basic drone coding, program their drones to fly, and engage in tactical maneuvers. Students will also be introduced to the history of drones, drone safety, and career opportunities.
    Sponsors-
    ExxonMobil and The Towbes Foundation

    Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

    Bree Jansen & Sarah Barthel- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Be a Triple Threat: Artistic Collaboration between Acting, Dance, and Music in Musical Theatre

    Dance and Drama students frequently collaborate outside of the classroom in various musical theatre and dance performances. This projects teams dance and drama students together to work together IN CLASS to create a musical theater scene in which both classes of students - Drama and Dance - teach each other skills and techniques necessary to produce and perform a cohesive piece of musical theatre.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Roxana Maldonado- Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School
    Floricanto en Aztlan

    Students will present stories of personal and social identity through recitation of original poetry, monologues, digital storytelling and original artwork.  The presentation will include music, cultural dance and fashion.  Throughout the creation of this project students will learn from one another’s varied experiences and perspectives which will enrich the learning process and promote the development of a positive personal and cultural identity. The students will create a multimedia presentation to be performed in the school auditorium on May 10, for Mexican Mother’s Day, as a tribute to their families.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Laurel Patterson & Toni Roberts- Santa Ynez School, College School District
    Middle School Theatrical Performance: The Great Ice Cream Scheme

    The middle school drama class wiil present The Great Ice Cream Scheme: a full length melodrama complete with villian, villainess, and of course our hero, Baskin Robbins, and his love interest Marsha Mallow.  Set in an ice cream parlor in the early 1900’s, it includes a comprehensive set design with sound effects and special lighting, as well as turn of the century costumes and props that are designed to enhance the physical comedy evident throughout the performance. During rehearsals, student actors have learned technical stage directions, physical and vocal characterization, and how their characters’ motivation influences the events of the plot.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Jennifer Peterson-Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Student Directed/Created Performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" (A Radio Version)

    The Advanced Musical Theater students will self-produced One Act Radio Play version of the Holiday Favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Actors and technicians will create from scratch all aspects of this production. They will learn the art of making live action sound effects for a listening audience. They will perform for a live audience.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Patricia Villalobos- Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School
    Cinematic Scenes?Las escenas cinematográficas

    Students will produce a video reenactment based on the biography, La travesía de Enrique/Enrique’s Journey so that they may further their understanding of the literature and become more socially conscious of the immigrant experience. Through a process of reflection from an Ethnic and Gender Studies lens students will gain an in-depth sense of what Enrique went through, the physical and emotional challenges that asylum seekers and immigrants can go through on their quest to a better life, and potentially gain sympathy and empathy for the immigrant experience. Through their reenactments the students are in someone else’s shoes, they connect with others, their history, life circumstances and hopefully create personal opinions and perspectives that inspire them to make our world a better place.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl


     2017-2018 Winners: 

    Barbara Courain- Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Persuade Your Classmates:  Save Our Endangered Animal!

    Students will develop research and persuasive writing techniques as they learn about local and international endangered species.  Working in pairs, students will create an informational graphic poster to try to convince their classmates to vote to save their endangered animal.
    Sponsor-
    Bill Denneen Environmental Trust

    Cristina Cullen-Santa Barbara Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Uncovering the Pas
    t:Using West of the West to bring Chumash studies to life across the curriculum
    This project converges Chumash studies with technology, science, and social studies to give students hands-on experiences that bring Chumash studies to life. By pairing short films from the film series West of the West with standards-based content, students gain a greater understanding about people of the past, and scientific ideas.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Tanya Hansen- Santa Barbara Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying the First People of Santa Barbara

    Through a science lens students will examine the questions: who were the first people of Santa Barbara, how did their lives differ from that of today, and how do we know? Students will conduct investigations, make models, examine data and make claims using evidence in order to answer these questions.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Linda Mayer- Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College School District
    Reducing Our Water Footprint

    Students will estimate their daily water use through a series of simple questions about everyday routines and an innovative and engaging on line calculator that measures their “water footprint” on the earth. Through this lesson they will make choices and discover ways to reduce the amount of water consumption and their water footprint in their daily lives.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara County Water Agency

    Alyssa Prieto- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Exploring Tessellations, Area, and Symmetry using Pattern Blocks

    Students get hands on experience using a pattern blocks to visually represent their own unique tessellation.  They will then calculate the area of their tessellation and identify symmetry in their design (both reflective symmetry and rotational symmetry).
    Sponsor-
    Deckers Brands

    Holly Snyder-Harding University Partnership School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Circuits and Energy Conservation
    Fourth grade students will gain a better understanding of how energy works through circuits. They will learn how to make the lightbulb turn on through investigation. By the end of the first lesson, students will demonstrate how to build a successful circuit by creating an Earth Day greeting card that lights up with a positive message.
    Sponsors-
    Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and Southern California Gas Company

    Amy Willis- Los Olivos School, Los Olivos School District
    Creative Expression

    This 12 week class is focused on middle school students coming to the realization that creativity (defined as innovation, problem solving, and thinking "outside the box") is an important factor in finding success in a workplace. Highlights include inspirational guest speakers from the community, collaborative problem solving tasks, creative projects, and an internship in a field of interest.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Ynez Valley Foundation

    Laurie Woodward- Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Movies Making Peace

    The objective of this project is for students to design a series of video logs to create a positive, peaceful and school where children have ownership of conflict resolution. Using digital technology student will first draft essays and then create a series of videos which will model and encourage conflict resolution and anti-bullying.
    Sponsor-
    Deckers Brands

    Nora Zwehl Quintero- Kellogg School, Goleta Union School District
    California Wax Museum & Biography Project

    Students choose an important figure from or significant to California. After reading a biography and presenting an oral report to the class in costume, they boil the information down to the most important pieces and share their newfound knowledge with the school and fourth grade families as talking, costumed figures in a wax museum.
    Sponsor-
    Deckers Brands

    Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

    Brenda Hascall- Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Santa Barbara City College Music Festival

    The band and orchestra students will prepare concert literature at an appropriate reading level for middle school.  They will rehearse the music daily while learning the many facets that make up a superior performance.  The students will attend a festival at Santa Barbara City College in May where they will perform the music they learned in front of adjudicators who will give feedback on their performance and offer suggestions for improvement.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Roxana Maldonado- Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School
    Introducing Students to Theater with an Ethnic and Gender Studies Lens

    In this unit, students will study theatrical terms, develop some techniques for acting, read and discuss the play The Panza Monologues to gain exposure to a chicana feminist perspective.  They will create their own personal monologues addressing issues of identity, which will be integrated into a fully staged performance of the play at our campus theater.  Students will improve their ability to think critically; to promote social growth and their ability to live and work cooperatively with their peers; and to gain respect and appreciation for the diversity which exists all around us.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Robin Palmerston- Family Partnership Charter School, Blochman Union School District
    Bringing Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern to Life!

    Using the 1967 version of Too Much Noise, students will analyze its characters, the setting, and message. Students will be guided to retell the story as a play performance.  Students will draw and paint animal characters and design student-operated sound effects.  Students will write a narration script, and be prepared to take the production on the road to other classes!
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Jennifer Peterson- Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Training Actors in Theatrical Makeup
    This six day lesson will teach Advance Musical Students how to properly prep and clean their face for theatrical make up. The following lessons develop the skill of basic theatrical makeup, corrective makeup, old age makeup, scars/burns/wound makeup and animal/fantasy makeup. These students can then train other students in current productions to know how to apply makeup, etc.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Allen Smithson-Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
    Beginner Player Integration
    The school’s high school music department begins many students off with their very first music lesson. Normally, students would begin playing instruments in middle school or even elementary. My goal is to start hiring extra instructors to run private lessons and sectionals to help students integrate into our program.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl


     2016-2017 Winners:

    Jamin Bean-La Honda School, Lompoc Unified School District
    2D and 3D Playgrounds

    This project will integrate project based learning with a study of 2D and 3D shapes, students will build a playground model.  Kindergarten students will build a 2D model with paper and a 3D model with magnetic shapes (Magformers).
    Sponsor-
    Deckers Brands

    Josh Bennett- Orcutt Academy High School, Orcutt Union School District
    Healthy for Life

    This project will give students the technology they need to understand their body’s response to physical activity and provide them with a foundation of knowledge to make intelligent choices regarding their health going forward.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union

    JaNae Burger- Miguelito School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Ted Talks

    Student created TED Talks will be created using a four step process. Students will come up with a truly original idea, a new perspective, an argument, or a solution and create their own Ted Talk based on their chosen topic and then participate in a My Elementary School’s TED-Ed Club Talk.
    Sponsor-
    The Towbes Foundation

    Kelly Davis- Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School
    Creative Character Connections

    Students will use a variety of different mediums, such as music, art, social media, and video clips, to understand and connect with the characters from the stories, books, and plays they are reading in class.  Making a stronger connection with the main characters will allow students to become more engaged and active in their reading, leading not only to increased retention of the material, but also a greater love and appreciation of reading.
    Sponsor-
    Altrusa International Foundation, Santa Maria

    Stephanie Gogonis- Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
    Differentiated Tic-Tac-Toe Activity Menu

    This Differentiated Tic-Tac-Toe Activity Menu combines reading, writing, creativity, and critical thinking skills using a variety of learning modalities and can be redesigned to work with any curriculum area. In this sample project, students will read The Great Gatsby and demonstrate proficiency of these skills by making a Tic-Tac-Toe of their choice from the options on the menu.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Ynez Valley Foundation

    Karen Hamner- La Honda School, Lompoc Unified School District
    4-6 Hypothesis Integrated Unit

    This is an NGSS/LA integrated unit for 4-6 graders. It encompasses video and written resources and includes grading rubrics. Students are required to choose a topic then use the provided online resources to create and prove a hypothesis, write a research paper, perform an experiment, create a 3D printer design, a google slides presentation or a presentation board, present findings to the class and create a comprehension quiz for the class.
    Sponsor-
    Lesson Planet

    Ryan Hubbard- Arellanes Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Discovering Newton’s Laws of Motion

    Students will conduct an investigation into Isaac Newton’s three Laws of Motion. The investigation will lead students into discovery of some of the physical rules that objects in the Universe must follow. At the completion of the lessons, students will know the basics of Newton’s three laws and they will be able to show an example of each law through hands-on demonstrations with various objects.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Nichole Hughes- Summerland School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Integrating Common Core Physical Science Standards Through Hands-On Learning

    The students will participate in a physical science unit that is aligned with the 4th & 5th grade Common Core Science Standards that integrates hands-on learning. The science unit integrates the physical science components of energy, the study of Rube Goldger and motion, and circuits. As a result, my students will be able to practice and master the majority of the Physical NGSS for 4th and 5th grade.
    Sponsor-
    Aera Energy

    Laura Ishikawa- Allan Hancock College Preschool, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum
    This project is based on and expands on the sensory integration work of Jenny Clark Brack and her book Learn to Move, Move to Learn! Students are guided through a systematic series of movement activities that engage and organize their nervous system and get their brains and bodies ready to take on more challenging tasks.
    Sponsor-The Towbes Foundation

    Cailean Kilroy, Marilyn Garza, & Nicole Knecht- Santa Barbara Junior HIgh School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    An Empowering, Exploring, and Relevant Science Investigation

    The goal of this project is to provide access and support for all levels and types of students (SpEd, ELL, Socio-Economically Disadvantaged, College Preparation, etc.) so they are able to successfully design and conduct a rigorous and relevant scientific investigation through hands on data collection and individualized differentiation. All students will use observational and numerical data to make a claim and support their claim with evidence.
    Sponsor-
    The Towbes Foundation

    Christopher Ladwig- Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Why Are We So Different?!

    Students will develop convincing arguments that a particular genetic pathway is largely responsible for the wide range of variation across human populations. Using the Claim/Evidence/Reasoning model, students will utilize extensive online research to build a diverse body of evidence which they will use to support their claim in class-wide presentations.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

    Juanita Pasallo- Arthur Hapgood School, Lompoc Unified School District
    La increíble migración de la mariposa Monarca/ The Incredible Migration of Monarch Butterfly

    In this unit the students will study the amazing migration of the Monarch butterfly across Canada, United States, and Mexico.  We will look closely on how these beautiful butterflies serve as cultural ambassadors of good will and friendship for many students in these three countries. Students will learn about the different parts of the butterfly and what it needs to survive.  Students will learn how these butterflies are pollinators and their great contribution to our planet.
    Sponsor-
    Bill Denneen Environmental Trust

    Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

    Sarah Barthel- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    BRAVE

    Students will create a verbatim theater performance piece: a play based on interviews the students conduct with various members of the school and community. From current students and staff members to alumni to younger students at feeder schools, the participants will gather everyone’s thoughts about what it means to be a part of our school. Topics will include school spirit, traditions, pride, successes and failures, families with multiple generations who have attended the school, and alumni who are now part of the school staff. Once the interviews are complete and the play has been crafted, the production will be performed publicly as well as during the school day for students beyond the drama classroom.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Ricardo Gabaldón- Righetti High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    Ballet Folklórico Recital

    Students will learn Mexican folk dances including their background and present them at a recital for family, friends and community. Then they will watch their performance and critique it. Students will work on a rigorous rehearsal schedule in preparation for the recital, they will also be exposed to professional standards of performance and theatrical productions.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Glynda Maddaleno- Delta High School-TOSA, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    You Don’t Know Me!

    In this interactive poetry/acting activity, students delve into personal issues that have been defining them negatively and address them head on by writing and acting out narrative poems titled “You Don’t Know Me!”  After serious reflection through a variety of worksheets, activities and quick writes, students learn how to use effective poetry writing techniques to express their thoughts. They then participate in a series of intro to acting activities that allow them to put action and movement to their words.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Shannon Saleh- La Colina Junior High School, School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Jeanine Tesori Composer Set/ How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying mini musical

    Students collaborate with instructor to create two 12 minute performance sets using a variety of material and resources for the purposes of student performance and growth. Each of these sets becomes an original piece created just for the group and this year’s performances.  Students research composer and choose curriculum as a class. Some students went to view How to Succeed in Business last year in Los Angeles and are working on constructing the set based on favorite moments from that prior class trip!
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl

    James Ungricht- Kermit McKenzie Junior High School, Guadalupe Union School District
    Ballroom Dance - Preparing For Performances

    The purpose of the project is to expose students to the broader community of ballroom dance. In this unit the students will learn first about the history of several ballroom dances. They will also learn and practice basic figures and learn basic technique and skills to improve their dancing. Lastly they will prepare for and compete at a local college competition. At this function, besides competing, they will be able to watch and meet many, literally hundreds of college ballroom dancers from around the country as well as see professionals perform.
    Sponsor-
    Santa Barbara Bowl