2019-20 Instructional Strategy Team Grants


Instructional Strategy Team Members Application Process for 2019-20: 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 2019-20 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 HERE.

3. Return the application by November 15, 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

2019-20 Strategies:

Please contact our office if you would like additional information about any of these strategies:


Instructional Strategy Title: Reading Workshop using Responsive Teaching

Instructional Strategy Coach: Joni Arnold, Benjamin Foxen School, Blochman School District

Instructional Strategy Description: Reading Workshop using Responsive Teaching is a strategy that employs current best practices in teaching, while supporting the individual reading needs of every student. Teachers respond directly to a student’s reading needs by using information gathered through both formative and summative assessments which then guides the teacher’s instruction.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: K-5, Language Arts

Instructional Strategy Title: Evidence and Reasoning In Science Research

Instructional Strategy Coach: Terri Cecchine, La Honda STEAM Academy, Lompoc Unified School District

Instructional Strategy Description: Use a 4 column system to demonstrate to students how to format claim, evidence, inferences and reasoning writing in all areas including science research, ELA and History compositions.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: Middle Grades, Science

Instructional Strategy Title: Visual Strategies for Learning – On the Go

Instructional Strategy Coach: Laura Ishikawa, Orfalea Children’s Center, AHC, Santa Barbara County Education Office

Instructional Strategy Description: Research has shown that visual supports work well to facilitate communication with children. Visual supports in a mini binder are used in our preschool classrooms to help children understand the schedule of the day, expectations, choices available or not available, voice volume, and how to navigate a variety of challenging social situations.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: TK-3, Speech & Language, Communication, Special Education, English Learners

Instructional Strategy Title: Financial Literacy Based Economics

Instructional Strategy Coach: Sean Reish,  Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Instructional Strategy Description: Teaching Economics with an explicit and comprehensive basis in personal financial literacy that not only meets the requirements of, but capitalizes on the shifting dynamics of the 21st century economy. Students leave this course with both a solid understanding of how to obtain, conserve, invest, and grow their own wealth; and an actionable plan in order to do so.

Target Grade Levels/Subject: 9-12, especially, but not exclusively within intervention (REACH) programs, Economics, Financial Literacy.