2018-19 Instructional Strategy Team Grants


Instructional Strategy Team Members Application Process for 2018-19: Each fall, Team Coaches are chosen by our Selection Committee to begin the Instructional Strategy Team process. At this time teachers may apply to be Team Members of the selected strategies. Teams meet for a minimum of three, 1-hour sessions. The Team Coach will schedule times and locations to meet the needs of team members. Selected Team Members will receive a $500 grant award*


1. Read the 2018-19 Strategies described below. Please note the grade level and location of the Coach; meetings are likely held at or near her/his own school. If you are not willing to travel to that region of the county, do not apply for that Team.

2. Download and complete the application that will be available Fall 2019.

3. Return the application in Fall 2019.

Additional Details: Teams meet for a minimum of three, 1-hour sessions over a period of several months. Meetings are scheduled by the Team Coach. Team Coaches will work to coordinate a schedule of meetings that best suits their individual team’s needs. Note: Team Members may have to travel to team meeting locations set by the Team Coach.

*Certain restrictions to grant award payments apply. Click HERE to learn more or contact us for details: (805) 964-4710 ext. 5277

2018-19 Strategies:

Instructional Strategy Title: Collaborative Live Data Tracking with Automatic Statistical Analysis (Via Microsoft or Google Applications)

Instructional Strategy Coach: Nick Enns, Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Instructional Strategy Description: This strategy helps create student engagement and ownership of the lab data collection process while utilizing the free, yet powerful, statistical analysis tools available online. Using Google/Mircosoft forms to collect data that feeds into a Google sheets (or Microsoft Excel) spreadsheet for data analysis and graphic visualization.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: 9-12, Math, Science, other

Instructional Strategy Title:Data Charts for Assessing Reading Progress and Student Needs

Instructional Strategy Coach: Jennifer Evans, Taylor Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Instructional Strategy Description: The Data Charts project shares systems for recording students’ reading progress among teachers, interventionists, and administrators, and for making grouping decisions for guided reading intervention. These systems have been previously used with over 900 students.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: K-6, Language Arts

Instructional Strategy Title: Student-Run CTE Business

Instructional Strategy Coach: Rebecca Ingrahm, Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District

Instructional Strategy Description: This strategy creates a student-run business where students are taking the reins in a business-like learning environment. Students are given jobs in departments which allow for differentiated learning. Leadership is incorporated into the learning style through the structure of the class.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: 9-12, Career Technical Education, business

Instructional Strategy Title: NGSS Learning through Scientific Argumentation

Instructional Strategy Coach: Joshua LaForge, San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

Instructional Strategy Description: Student teams investigate an NGSS disciplinary core idea by designing and implementing a method of data collection to answer a scientific question. Following their analysis of the data, they present their evidence and reasoning to other student teams while responding to questions about their methodology, assumptions, and challenges with the goal of developing stronger arguments.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: 9-12, NGSS Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth & Space Science

Instructional Strategy Title: What’s in my Air?

Instructional Strategy Coach: Riccardo Magni, Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Instructional Strategy Description: Participants will learn how to use a Purple Air particle counter and how to use the data gathered by the device in their class.  Teachers will learn to provide instruction enabling students to become citizen scientists. Team Members will receive a free Purple Air particle counter to install at the school site and gather air quality data.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: K-12, Science

Instructional Strategy Title: Combining Color and Mathematics to Bridge the Gap for English Language Learners.

Instructional Strategy Coach: Alyssa Prieto, Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District

Instructional Strategy Description: In this project students intentionally use color for the purpose of expressing, clarifying, and connecting their thinking between diagrams, tables, graphs, and equations. All students, especially English learners, benefit as the language barrier is reduced.  Extensions to higher-level mathematics can be made by intentionally using color to produce explicit and recursive formulas for linear (arithmetic), exponential (geometric), and other sequences.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: 4-12, Mathematics