Instructional Strategy Team Grant Winners

~~~~~~~~~2017-18 Instructional Strategy Team Grant Winners~~~~~~~~

Cultural Norms in Ancient Civilations
Coach:
Larry Kaml, Manzanita Public Charter School
Team Members
Ronnie Tow, Santa Ynez School
Lauren Ward, Manzanita Public Charter School
Andrea Wulfestieg, Manzanita Public Charter School

What’s in my air?
Coach:
Riccardo Magni, Pioneer Valley High School
Team Members
Arturo Avila-Meza, Pioneer Valley High School
Annette Shimamura, Santa Ynez School
Joshua Tenhet, Santa Maria High School
Benjamin Wieman, Santa Maria High School

Responsive Classroom Coach
Coach:
Katherine Mueller, Peabody Charter School
Team Members
Chelea Genack Eggli, Dos Pueblos High School
Keri Kangas, Peabody Charter School
Perla Lewis, Lompoc Valley Middle School
Christine Lindblad, Peabody Charter School

Workshop Model
Coach:
Mallory Price, Adams Elementary School
Team Members
Barbara Conway, Franklin Elementary School
Kelsey Larson, Adams Elementary School
Lori Leach, Los Berros VAPA Academy
Chloe Milligan, Adams Elementary School

Coding with Robots
Coach:
Linda Sparkuhl, El Camino School
Team Members
Brendan Carroll, Franklin Elementary School
Laurel Galusha, El Camino School
Jessica Summerfield, El Camino School

Differentiated Writing Groups
Coach:
Veronica Tadeo, Fesler Junior High School
Team Members
Dayna McMullan, Fesler Junior High School
Laurel Patterson, Santa Ynez School
Alicia Sage, Fesler Junior High School
Amy Willis, Los Olivos School

~~~~~~~~~2016-17 Instructional Strategy Team Grant Winners~~~~~~~~

Inquiry Science Modeling and Claim Evidence Reasoning Writing
Coach:
Torri Burke, Pioneer Valley High School
Team Members
Michelle Allen, Pioneer Valley High School
Camille Hackett, Santa Maria High School
Kristen Kent, Pioneer Valley High School

Horizon Literary Teaming
Coach:
Paul Forster, Santa Barbara High School
Team Members
Lucy Carleton, Carpinteria High School
Sharnell Mora, La Cuesta Continuation High School
Joseph Velasco, Santa Barbara High School

Geometry is the Key to a Perfect SELFIE!
Coach:
Melissa Johnson, Ernest Righetti High School
Team Members
Cynthia Faust, Carpinteria Middle School
Dona Kintzi, Orcutt Academy High School
Alyssa Prieto, Lompoc High School

Writers Workshop in the Primary Classroom
Coach:
Krista Munizich, Canalino School
Team Members
Katrina Kuryliw, Canalino School
Karen Lehman, Vista de las Cruces School
Angela White, Canalino School

Super Star Math Mentors
Coach:
Susan Reilly, La Honda STEAM Academy
Team Members
Madeleine Bordofsky, Santa Barbara Community Academy
Karen Hamner, La Honda STEAM Academy
Katherine Pena, La Honda STEAM Academy

Robotics Instructional Strategy Team
Coach:
Eileen Craviotto, Peabody Charter School
Team Members
Ricardo Alcaraz, Franklin Elementary School
Marisa Miller, A-Ok Program
Valerie Trenev, Alice Shaw School

~~~~~~~~~2015-16 Instructional Strategy Team Grant Winners~~~~~~~~

Next Level Fluency
Coach:
Jeannine Thomas, Montecito Union School
Team Members
Lucy Carleton, Carpinteria High School
Barbara Conway, Franklin Elementary School
Cindy Everman, Monte Vista School
Amanda Furden, Summerland Elementary School
Tamara Montag-Venzor, Santa Barbara Community Academy

This is a fluency strategy that builds skills from technical aspects of reading to comprehension and critical thinking. Students work in pairs to help each other build fluency by following a system that targets word attack skills, sight word phrase practice, vocabulary, oral and written comprehension as well as critical thinking. Learn more HERE.

A Night at the Academy Awards
Coach:
Sharon Ybarra, Taylor School
Team Members
Madeleine Bordofsky, Santa Barbara Community Academy
Kelly Davis, Pioneer Valley High School
Sarah Hebert, El Camino Junior High School
Laurie Woodward, Taylor School

The Academy Awards Night helps to engage students in writing and creating high-quality video reports or documentaries. Students will learn to work collaboratively with other students on a long term project. More information can be found HERE.

Implementing the Outdoor Classroom Project Outside Where Learning Happens
Coach:
Isabelle Coulter, Hilltop Preschool Program
Team Members
Kelly Christiansen: El Camino School
Jeanette Hatfield, Discoveries Learning Center and Garden Preschool
Laura Ishikawa, Hilltop Preschool Program
Lisa Ishikawa, Cold Spring School
Kana Thomason, Zaca Center Preschool

We believe that we can meet the educational needs of all students by providing them with rich and engaging outdoor learning experiences and environments. Almost any topic/curriculum/skill that can be taught indoors can also be taught outdoors in natural environments. Learn more HERE.

Mathematical Literacy and Modeling Strategies for Word and Pattern Problems
Coach:
Alyssa Prieto, Lompoc High School
Team Members
Robin Madden, Miguelito School School
Stefanie Poland, Family Partnership Charter School
Kristina Roehrig, Cabrillo High School

This team developed close reading practices to help students approach word problems. They also worked through proven strategies, with close reading incorporated, for producing explicit formulas in pattern problems. More information can be found HERE.

~~~~~~~~~2014-15 Instructional Strategy Team Grant Winners~~~~~~~~

Chromebooks and Digital Learning
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. Learn more here.

Genius Hour
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.

Writer’s Notebook
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. Find out more here.

STEMing the Common Core- Science
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.

Collaborative Notebooks
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.

Book Club
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.

Predictive Sentences and Support/Refute Organizers
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, shared how he encourages students to read complex test with authentic purposes using Predictive Sentences and Support/Refute Organizers.
For more information, click here.

~~~~~~~~~2013-14 Instructional Strategy Team Grant Winners~~~~~~~~

Getting Ready to Learn
Coach:
Laura Ishikawa: SBCEO
Team Members:
Kana Thomason, Zaca Preschool
Jeanette Hatfield, SBCEO
Penelope Joaquin, Adam School
Fatima Landeros, Sanchez School
Cheryl Spence, Benjamin Foxen School
Kelley LaCasse, SBCEO
Justine Cassaro, Alvin School (not pictured)

Team Members learn specific strategies to support and give direct teaching instruction on social emotional skills (emotion management, self-regulation, problem solving) in order to reduce challenging behaviors and increase academic learning in their programs. The strategies will reduce stress in children and adults and create a safe and effective learning and working environment. To learn more please contact our office.

Icons of Depth and Complexity
Coach:
Robin Palmerston, Family Partnership Charter School (pictured center)
Team Members:
Stefanie Poland, Family Partnership Charter School
Linda Mayer, Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
Mary Cullen, Robert Bruce School (not pictured)

Coach Robin Palmerston shares a method of differentiating instruction using icons to represent depth and complexity in challenging content. To learn more please contact our office.

Incorporating Depth and Complexity
Coach:
Gina Danley: Santa Maria-Bonita School District (pictured fourth from left)
Team Members:
Stacy Sherwood, Kunst Jr. High
Sarah Hebert, El Camino Jr. High
Judith Morris, Arellanes Jr. High
Laura Stenzel, Tunnell School
Juanita Garcia, Sanchez School
Richard Rowe, Taylor School (not pictured)

Team Members learn how to incorporate depth, complexity and creativity in the elementary classroom. To learn more please contact our office.

Model Drawing to Solve Story Problems
Coach:
Trinity Hamilton, Miller School (not pictured)
Team Members:
Theresa Reilly, Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
Sonya Morris, Arellanes Jr. High
Carol Gillespie, Kunst Jr. High (not pictured)

Team Members learn a unique math problem solving approach that incorporates drawing and critical thinking. To learn more please contact our office.

Open Source Learning
Coach:
David Preston, Righetti High School
Team Members:
Alexander Jauregui, Righetti High School
Colin Rodriguez, Righetti High School
Matthew Markstone, Santa Maria High School

Open Source Learning is an emerging education practice that allows students to capitalize on the scope and power of the Internet to create and manage their own learning experiences, ultimately producing interactive material that is available online to everyone. To learn more please contact our office.

Reading Strategies That Work!
Coach:
Heather Dean, Vandenberg Middle School (not pictured)
Team Members:
Kelly Ayer, Vandenberg Middle School
Bree Valla, Vandenberg Middle School
Barbara Courain, Vandenberg Middle School (not pictured)
Michael Eppley, Vandenberg Middle School (not pictured)
Julia Pustizzi, Fesler Jr. High (not pictured)

Team Members learn four unique strategies to improve reading comprehension with challenging texts. Contact our office for more information.

Word Problems? No Problem!
Coach:
Michael Scott Gillespie, Ontiveros School (not pictured)
Team Members:
Aimey Adams, Kunst Jr. High
Ayndrea Pengilley, Ontiveros School
Kelly Demarest, Ontiveros School
Nicole Brady-Barton, Ontiveros School

Coach Michael Gillespie shares strategies to integrate Common Core standards for mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. For more information, contact our office.

 

~~~~~~~~~2012-13 Instructional Strategy Team Grant Winners~~~~~~~~

Confidence Coaching
Coach:
Kelly VanAllen: Pine Grove School, Orcutt Union School District
Team Members:
Cindy Maloney: Pine Grove School, Orcutt Union School District
Amy Burns: Ontiveros School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Michael Zarling: Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Focus: The Elimination of Distractions through Organization
Coach:
Tammie Castillo Shiffer: Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Team Members:
Michelle Allen, Kristina Duran, Joshua Ostini: Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Barbara Johnston, Patricia Wagner: Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District

Four Strategies to Increase Student Independent Reading Motivation
Coach:
Miguel Gonzales: Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Team Members:
Erin Galeria, Matthew Markstone: Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District

Grants for Symbiotic Relationships: Students, Nonprofits, and Funding: Thriving Through Partnerships
Coach:
LeeAnne DelRio: Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Team Members:
Michael Daniels: Olive Grove Charter School, Los Olivos School District
Danny Dearborn: Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Laura Branch: Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District

H.O.W.L. – Happy Opportunities with Literature
Coach: 
Patsy Mitchell: Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Team Members:
Cheryl Spence: Benjamin Foxen School, Blochman Union School District
Theresa Shelley: Santa Ynez School, College School District
Kelly LeMay, Kristen Lohr, Jessica Rivera: Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

I Learned it all in Preschool
Coach: 
Laura Ishikawa: Teacher on Special Assignment, SBCEO Special Education
Team Members:
Donna Beal: Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
Penelope Joaquin: Adam School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Fatima Landeros: Sanchez State Preschool, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Sharie Bostwick: De Colores State Preschool Program, SBCEO Child Development Programs
Rosalinda Fletes: La Honda State Preschool, SBCEO Child Development Programs
Rebecca Atkinson: Tanglewood/Buena Vista Head Start, SBCEO Special Education
Kana Thomason: Valley Preschool, SBCEO Special Education

Interactive Notebooks: Feeling creative …bring it on!
Coach: 
Sonya Morris: Arellanes Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Team Members:
Lorna Glenn, Toni Roberts, Annette Shimamura: Santa Ynez School, College School District
Christopher Felix: Arellanes Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Lisa Olivares: Oakley School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Melissa Espiritu: Ontiveros School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Ingrid Flores: Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Thinking Routines: Promoting Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinkers
Coach:
Jennifer Wilson: Montecito Union School, Montecito Union School District
Team Members:
Jean Gradias: Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
Jen Elliott: Santa Ynez School, College School District
Sigi Scigliano: Mountain View School, Goleta Union School District
Elizabeth Scott: Monte Vista School, Hope School District
Jeff Linder: Montecito Union School, Montecito Union School District
Lindsay Kurtz: Solvang School, Solvang School District

Quick Quizzes to Show What You Know
Therese Brady: Arellanes Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Team Members:
Tino Aleman: Mary Buren School, Guadalupe Union School District
Lynda Gordon: Miguelito School, Lompoc Unified School District
Denyse Cole, Jennifer Engel: Arellanes Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Andrew Barton, Nicole Brady-Barton: Ontiveros School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Steven Clark: Sanchez School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Reaching the Common Core with Technology and Formative Assessments
Coach:
Pamela Rickard: Lompoc Valley Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Team Members:
Tania Litwiler, Shelly Vernon, Emily Wilson: Lompoc Valley Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Julia Pustizzi, Veronica Tadeo: Fesler Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

For more information or to apply to be an Instructional Strategy Team Coach or Team Member, visit: Instructional Strategy Team Grants