2014-15 Instructional Strategy Team Grant Winners

Chromebooks and Digital Learning

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Strategy Description

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Coach:
Leya Belmonte: Fesler Junior High School

Team Members:
Rose Marie Battaglia, Mary Buren School
Leanne Jimenez,, Fesler Junior High School
Lucy Martin, Miguelito/La Canada
Sonya Morris, Arellanes Junior High School
Francine Pelka,Tunnell School
Harry Rauch, Arellanes Junior High School
Laura Valencia, Fesler Junior High School

The basic strategy is to engage students experience in a new way to access curriculum, pace their own learning, and work collaboratively through the use of Google Classroom, Google Docs, Drawing, Socrative and more. here.

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Genius Hour

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Strategy Description

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Coach:
Geri Coats, Ernest Righetti High School (pictured)

Team Members:
Kelly Davis, Pioneer Valley High School
Jennifer Dolan, Ernest Righetti High School
Sarah Hebert, El Camino Junior High School
Chris Mullin, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School
Lisa Olivares, Oakley School
Keri Santos, Vista de las Cruces School
Veronica Tadeo, Fesler Junior HIgh School

Genius Hour allows students to take the lead and explore their own interests. Genius Hour engages students by allowing them to follow their interests, but still meet the learning goals for the course with direction from the teacher. More information can be found here.

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Writer’s Notebook

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Coach:
Barbara Conway: Franklin Elementary

Team Members:
Jennifer Engel, Arellanes Elementary School
Lynda Gordon, Miguelito School
Suzette McCormick, Franklin Elementary
Lisa Ann Minotto, Cleveland Elementary
Jamie Stratford, Harding University Partnership School
Elizabeth Trainor, Adams Elementary School

The daily writing of Barbara’s first graders in their Writer’s Notebooks is the key for their success as fluent confident writers. here.

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STEMing the Common Core into Science

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Strategy Description

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Coach:
Michelle Poquette, Cabrillo High School

Team Members:
Greg Eisen, Cabrillo High School
Chris Ladwig, Cabrillo High School
Jennifer Mason, Cabrillo High School
Tracy Phillips, Cabrillo High School
Marybeth Stieber, Cabrillo High School

Team members worked together to learn Michelle’s approach to scaffolding science lessons that align with CA Standards. This approach can be applicable to any science-related topic with the target being the development of literacy and writing within the sciences using Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers then collaborated to create and implement lessons into their instruction. More information can be found here.

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Collaborative Notebooks

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Strategy Description

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Coach:
Benjamin Wieman, Santa Maria High School

Team Members:
Nicholas Enns, Santa Maria High School
Sharmin Eppley, Santa Maria High School
Alexander Jauregui, Righetti High School
Shane Johnson, Santa Maria High School
Cindy Quaid, Santa Maria High School
Robin Schneider, Santa Maria High School
Lance Toppen, Santa Maria High School

The team worked with Benjamin to learn how the student creation of an online digital classroom notebook using Microsoft “OneNote” and ideas based on Alan November’s book, Who Owns the Learning? engages students. Using OneNote’s powerful collaboration tools to contribute to a shared online resource for the entire class, students create virtual notebooks organized like print notebooks with sections, and pages, links, images, documents and other resources. More importantly, multiple users can work collaboratively on a single notebook that is easily shared with large groups of people. Team members learned, implemented, and shared their experiences of integrating these useful, digital notebooks with their high school students. For more information, click here.

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Book Club

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Strategy Description

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Coach:
Mandy Young, Ballard School

Team Members:
Barbara Conway, Franklin Elementary School
Heidi Nedegaard, Vista de las Cruces School
Cheryl Spence, Benjamin Foxen School

Mandy’s team used the Book Club as a strategy to help all students develop a love of reading, regardless of their ability. She shared how students discuss their self-selected books in small groups using guiding questions posed by the teacher while the rest of the class works to prepare for their presentation on the books they have read. Students enjoy the spotlight as they share their work and are granted a special medal for their accomplishments during an award ceremony.
More information can be found here.

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Predictive Sentences and Support/Refute Organizers

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Strategy Description

Special Designation:

Ellen Dempsey Memorial Grant

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Coach:
Dare Holdren, San Marcos High School

Team Members:
Sarah Ashton, San Marcos High School
Lucy Carleton, Carpinteria High School
Joanie Merrill, San Marcos High School
Emily Wejchert, San Marcos High School

Coach Dare Holdren, now principal at Solvang School, shared how he encourages students to read complex test with authentic purposes using Predictive Sentences and Support/Refute Organizers.
For more information, click here.