• SBCEO Teacher Innovation Grant Winners

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    sbceo logo The SBCEO Teacher Innovation Grants provide funds for SBCEO teachers to creatively explore new ways of helping students learn.


    2020-2021 Winners: 

    Jana Galura-Cold Spring School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Professional Development-Seeing Stars

    This project teaches students about patterns and letter-sound correspondences so they can independently decode and spell with the assistance the the Lindamood-bell Seeing Stars Program. Students have improved in reading and writing as a result.

    Laura Ishikawa-Hancock Children's Center, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Preschool Fine Motor Journals

    This project supports fine motor development for students with individualized education plans (IEP). Students use journals to document their progress using drawings, sticker peeling and placement, simple mazes, and coloring sheets.

    Kelly Sanders-Ralph Dunlap School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Literacy Through Mentor Texts

    This project challenges and engages the students with fantastic, engaging picture books with meaningful messages and topics. The process helps students improve in grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary.


    2019-2020 Winners: 

    Luz Bernal- Los Alamos State Preschool, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Safety/CPR & First Aid

    This project will have the local Fire Department come to the preschool to teach a First Aid and CPR class to parents. Along with the parental training, the families will be presented with a First Aid Kit upon completion of the training.

    Laura Ishikawa- Orfales Children's Center Lab School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Make Our Garden Grow

    Preschool students ages 3-5 years will decorate individual terracotta pots and plant their choice of a plant for the school garden to help build a sense of ownership and community. 

    Yoshinaga Sim- Los Robles High School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    ROP Culinary Equipment Improve Plan

    Current and future students will participate in planning skills, procedures, and learn how to use modern culinary techniques. This culinary program offers detailed skilled certificates to students who have completed the course. Upon completion the students use their skills to cater events.

    Marianne Subido- Peter B. Fitzgerald Community School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    An Agricultural Celebration!

    7th and 8th grade student will participate in this project which will focus on the Agricultural Industry in Santa Maria Valley, and the individuals who work in the industry. Voices from the past will be heard through literature and a dramatic performance presented by Allan Hancock College’s PCPA.


    2018-2019 Winners: 

    Joanna Hendrix- Ralph Dunlap Elementary School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    All Aboard!" Exploring California's Redwoods

    Students will visit the majestic California Redwood’s at Henry Cowell State Park while participating in California living history lessons (candle making and gold panning). Students will board a vintage passenger coach for a 90 minute train excursion exploring the history and ecology of the famous Welch Big Trees Grove and San Lorenzo Valley.

    Sirius McGregor- Olga Reed School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Creating a More Efficient Learning Environment and Avenues for Real Communication

    This project is aimed at the attainment of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) / Assistive Technology (AT) in order to increase classroom efficiency and communication.  For this grant an iPad, that will provide an additional device where students can work on various endeavors including communication, academics (such as ELA, fine motor, science and math), vocational, community based, and other IEP goals.

    Alma Cristina Williams- Arellanes Junior High School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    School to Parents (vice versa) communication Device

    This project will make use of a recordable Voice Output Communication device (VOCA) the classroom teacher will record information and messages home to the parents on a daily basis.  The student will press the VOCA and the parents and other family members will be able to hear the message in their own language (Spanish or English) and the whole family are directly informed about their child’s day at school.

    Nora Zepeda- Just for Kids State Preschool on Arthur Hapgood Campus, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Preschool Listening Center

    The listening center will provide many benefits including language and literacy skills to current and future students. The students will enjoy, while gaining an understanding of books. The students will also enjoy a quiet and calming environment.


    2017-2018 Winners: 

    Lindy Birkholz- Itinerant, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Custom Kitchen on Wheels for the Visually Impaired

    The "rolly" cart will allow students who are visually impaired to learn basic cooking and kitchen skills specific to their needs. The cart will be equipped with adapted cooking tools and the students will participate in cooking lessons two times per month.

    Laura Ishikawa- Orfales Children's Center Lab School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Learning with Loose Parts

    This project will provide children with “loose parts” and more open-ended materials, and as result of this project, students will: Problem solve through trial and error, engineer with a variety of building materials, and be more creative as loose parts do not have specific functions - a box can be anything.

    Kelly Sanders- Ralph Dunlap School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Life Most Precious Resource: Water
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    Students will travel to Discovery Cube in Orange County for an interactive, hands-on experience with various science exhibits. The students will learn about water's impact on life on Earth and why it's so valuable.


    2016-2017 Winners: 

    Amanda Beyers- Dos Puertas School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Fit Fridays

    A five week individual training workout and nutritional plan for each student will teach them how to properly stretch and the correct use of athletic equipment. The students will learn the exercises that are appropriate for their goal, the sets and weight of each exercise according to their ability. Once they have developed their workout plans, they will share with fellow students and help them obtain their goals.

    Lindy Birkholz- Itinerant, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Story Boxes for the Visually Impaired

    A story box will accompany a braille book to help the visually impaired child conceptualize the story using hands-on items.  The items included will represent characters, objects and concepts that are a part of the story. 

    Laura Ishikawa- Hancock Children's Center, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Time to Read & Learn with Storytime Props

    Students love to actively participate in story time by listening and anticipating what comes next in the book. Using story props such as pictures, toys, visual sequencing cards, felt characters or puppets, children can touch and hold different parts to the story and add them to the story board when their part comes up in the book. This project will support the language and literacy needs of all students - with and without disabilities.

    Mark Leufkens- Peter B. FitzGerald Community School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Student Garden Project

    The students will collaboratively work with the school staff, counselor, and resident artist from Allen Hancock College to develop a garden and adjacent mural that reflects the creativity and interests of the students. There will be an emphasis on team building, respect, and a working environment where students feel validated for sharing ideas.

    Sirius McGregor- Olga Reed School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    A place where students and plants can grow together

    This project is aimed at the creation of a classroom garden area, complete with an accessible walkway, raised planter boxes for growing vegetables/flowers, landscape, and incorporating an existing park table, thereby providing an area where students can work on various endeavors including academics (such as science and math), vocational, community based, and other IEP goals.