Inspire the community to use water wisely by creating fun, entertaining and informational videos! Schools and student winners will receive cash prizes and have their video broadcasted on TV and local movie theaters.
The 20th Annual Contest challenges high school filmmakers to produce creative and high-quality videos that follow this year’s theme: “A Day in the Life of a Water Saver”. Click HERE for more details.
Supporter of Teachers Network Environment Grants, Bill Denneen, Passes Away
Bill Denneen, champion of the Nipomo Dunes and many other environmental causes in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, peacefully passed away September 24, 2018. He was 93. Not only an activist for the environment, Denneen was an educator who taught high school for some time prior to a 25 year career at Allan Hancock College. Many local teachers have received an SBCEO Teachers Network, Curriculum Project Grant, funded by the Bill Denneen Environmental Trust, a special designation earmarked for environmentally-focused projects that Denneen would proudly support. We will miss his passion, encouragement, and vision of stewardship. Learn more about Denneen HERE.
Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year
We’d like to invite all PreK-12 public school teachers in Santa Barbara County to consider applying for our first grant of the school year- Instructional Strategy Team Coach. This grant is specifically designed to promote peer learning of new strategies in a team setting. Learn more about this grant that pays $1,200 HERE.
Have a big dream that would change your community? A big idea for how to help better prepare your students for the future? Then submit your proposal for a $100,000 grant in the Dream Big Teacher Challenge.
Through Thank America’s Teachers, Farmers will award five $100,000 grants to fund teachers’ educational visions for their classrooms and communities this year. Grant recipients will be chosen from 15 finalists who receive the most votes in October. NOTE: Thank America’s Teachers also provides $2,500 grants to teachers throughout the year. For more information, call our office.
CA Department of Ed & Consulate General of Mexico’s
Educational Art Contest
“Éste es mi México: History, Traditions, Gastronomy, Beaches, Music”
Students 6-14 encouraged to submit original artwork for this special contest. More details can be found HERE.
Each year, Explore Ecology honors teachers and students in Santa Barbara County who have made a difference and taken action to help the environment. If you know someone who has spearheaded positive change, or is an inspiration for the community, click HERE for information about how you can nominate them for Explore Ecology’s Environmental Stewardship Award.
One of our long-time partners, Tradart Foundation, seeks volunteers to support Santa Barbara area high school trades programs. Work alongside tradesmen and students to help build tiny houses. Opportunities to help are all Saturdays, 8am-2pm, now through May. Contact our office for details or click HERE to see the flier.
All schools, artists and teachers from across Santa Barbara County are invited to submit Letters of Interest in order to qualify for grants to fund programs that provide critical resources for expanding youth access to performing arts, including symposiums, arts advocacy, mentorship, and needs-based financial support for arts education programs. To qualify for an Education Outreach grant, the organization and/or program must focus on performing arts education. The grants are funded by generous private donations as well as a Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation contribution of $1 from every concert ticket sold. The Spring 2018 Grant cycle schedule is:
- February 28, 2018: Letters of Interest (LOI) due (Download the Application).
- April 27, 2018: Full application by selected finalist due
- May 30, 2018: Notification of decision
- June 2018: Awards sent
For more information about receiving grants and support for your program, please visit our Education Outreach Resources Center or contact Kai Tepper, Program Manager, at (805) 308-9787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Come Together: An Exhibition of Student Artwork Created in Santa Barbara County Schools”
The Santa Barbara County Alliance for Arts Education is partnering with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission to display artwork created in our local schools. This is the first time that a countywide exhibition will be pulled together to highlight and display the amazing creativity and talent that is present in our schools, our students, and our teachers.
The theme of this year’s exhibition is “COME TOGETHER.” Students and teachers can work together and are encouraged to submit entries that interpret the theme “COME TOGETHER.” Art works will be on display from March 3-May 19. Opening reception date to be determined. Submission does not guarantee that works will be displayed.
Art work can be dropped off at either of the following locations:
Jan 30- 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Channing Peake Gallery 105 E Anapamu St. Santa Barbara
Jan 31- 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Betteravia Gallery 511 E Lakeside Parkway Santa Maria
Additional drop-off dates are available February 19-23.
For more information contact Hannah Rubalcava by emailing email@example.com or call 805-568-3990
WateReuse California is hosting its conference and an art contest as part of the effort to raise awareness about the important role of recycled water in the state of California. Art must be related to the theme of recycled water. Recycled water is water that has already been used by people, highly treated, and then reused for a number of different purposes such as irrigation for parks and athletic fields, decorative fountains, industrial uses, groundwater recharge, and more. Winning entries will be displayed at the 2018 Annual Water Reuse Conference March 25th-27th, 2018.
California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network Grants
CREEC has a wide variety of resources and grant opportunities for teachers focusing on STEM and environmental education subjects. You can get more information about them and the grants they have HERE.
Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers
The Curriculum & Instruction Division at SBCEO offers a wide variety of professional learning opportunities. To find out how you can expand your professional expertise, satisfy your natural curiosity, and serve your goal to be a life-long learner, click HERE.
Have You Seen- West of the West- Tales from California’s Channel Islands?
If you haven’t visited the new West of the West educational resource website http://www.teachchannelislands.org/ take a few moments to check it out. This website features the film, West of the West, separated into individual “Tales” that explain the human history of the California Channel Islands. It is a fascinating collection of stories from ancient history to the present. The site contains custom discussion topics and teacher lesson plans for classroom activities, created by local teachers for teachers. Each Tale can also be streamed or downloaded along with images from the film, teacher lesson plans, and additional resources relating to each Tale. Everything is free! For “The Lone Woman” and “Cache,” there are 3D scans of artifacts the Lone Woman brought back to the mainland that are downloadable for printing in classrooms on 3D printers. Log on to and take a spin through the many pages of resources based on the Tales in this important documentary film series. West of the West: Tales From California’s Channel Islands will soon be airing on over 150 public television stations across the USA. The educational website will be shared with all the public television stations airing the series, and will soon begin wide-reaching promotional efforts for educators. Enjoy exploring http://www.teachchannelislands.org/
Santa Barbara CUE Award Nominations
The Santa Barbara CUE Award Nominations are currently open. They will be giving affiliate awards in the following categories:
- Outstanding Teacher of the Year
- Emerging Teacher of the Year (less than 7 years)
- Site Leader of the Year
- Tech Leader of the Year
Nomination forms can be found HERE.Winners will be nominated to National CUE for consideration in the same categories. CUE membership is completely free for local teachers. This truly is an opportunity to nominate any teacher in the county that fits the award!
Poetry Out Loud
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture host an exciting opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and win prizes – including a trip to Washington D.C. for the CA State Champion to compete nationally. This is a free program that includes teacher resources to support students who seek to build their passion for poetry. Learn more HERE. View last year’s POL regional competition here:
Teaching Evolution with NGSS in Mind
The Santa Barbara Zoo is hosting a science teacher-focused workshop presented in association with the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES). The topic is Teaching Evolution with NGSS in Mind. The purpose is to provide the most up-to-date information on the concepts of natural selection, common ancestry, and diversity in order to help teachers confidently cover the topics in their classrooms and fulfill their curriculum requirements. Workshop cost ($16) covers bottomless coffee and lunch. November 4, 2017, 9-12:30 at the Santa Barbara Zoo Registration link: https://reservations.sbzoo.org/Info.aspx?EventID=20
Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!
We at the SBCEO Teachers Network are excited to welcome you to a new school year. We have another fantastic list of grants and awards to offer our local teachers. Please spread the word to your colleagues, especially the new ones that may not yet be in our database. We’re eager to share our opportunities to support innovative and effective instruction.
May 9, 2017: National Teacher Appreciation Day!
The SBCEO Teachers Network appreciates teachers every day. But today we especially want to thank all of you who have dedicated to your career to educating our community’s children.
A Salute to Teachers 2016 Honorees
May 2, 2017: Distinguished New Educator and Distinguished Mentor Award Nominations Due May 31, 2017
If you know of a distinguished educator, participating in the SBCEO Teacher Induction Program, please consider nominating him/her for this special award. Three new teachers and three mentors are honored each year at A Salute to Teachers, a gala event recognizing the finest educators in our county. Details about the nomination process and the awards can be found HERE.
April 28, 2017: Congratulations to Santa Barbara County’s 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award Winners!
Dos Pueblos HS, Santa Barbara Jr. High, La Colina, and Jonata Middle School have all won the tremendous honor of CA Gold Ribbon School bestowed upon them by the CA Department of Education. We’re proud to have been part of the review process. Amazing things are happening at these exemplary schools. Learn more HERE.
April 26, 2017: SBCEO Teachers Network- A Lot to Celebrate!
This time of year is very exciting for the SBCEO Teachers Network! By the May 25, Education Celebration, we’ll have many award and grant winners to announce including 2018 SB County Teacher of the Year, Venoco, Inc. Crystal Apple Educator Award winners, the Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year, and more. Please be sure to RSVP if you are planning to attend the Education Celebration. We expect the event to sell out quickly. Many people from across the county look forward to this event to honor and recognize all our amazing local educators.
April 11, 2017: Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year Award Nominations
Nominations for this prestigious award supported by the Santa Barbara Bowl are due on April 21. Learn more HERE.
April 10, 2017: Crystal Apple Nominations Due
All nominations for the Venoco, Inc. Crystal Apple Educator Award are due by midnight April 12, 2017. For more information click HERE.
March 29, 2017: West of the West- Tales from California’s Channel Islands
Announcing the unveiling of the brand new West of the West Educational Resource Website! http://www.teachchannelislands.org/
This brand new website will promote the film and accompanying resources to educators worldwide. It will also provide free, accessible information about a largely unknown part of California’s (and America’s) history. The site contains custom discussion topics and teacher lesson plans for classroom activities, created by local teachers for teachers. Each Tale can also be streamed or downloaded along with images from the film, teacher lesson plans, and additional resources relating to each Tale. Everything is free! For “The Lone Woman” and “Cache,” there are 3D scans of artifacts the Lone Woman brought back to the mainland that are downloadable for printing in classrooms on 3D printers. Log on to and take a spin through the many pages of resources based on the Tales in this important documentary film series. West of the West: Tales From California’s Channel Islands will soon be airing on over 150 public television stations across the USA. The educational website will be shared with all the public television stations airing the series, and will soon begin wide-reaching promotional efforts for educators. Enjoy exploring http://www.teachchannelislands.org/
March 29, 2017: Environmental Educator and Student Awards
Explore Ecology wants to honor local leaders who promote environmental stewardship through education and action. They are looking for teachers, classes, and individual students who have spearheaded positive change, are committed to helping the environment, and are inspirations within the community. The 1st Annual Explore Ecology Environmental Stewardship Awards will be presented at CEC’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:
Teacher Award: Honors the achievements of a teacher who has made significant contributions to educating and impacting youth and who has inspired their class and/or school through teaching and action.
Student Award: Honors a student, grade K- 8th, who has committed their time to care for the environment.
Class Award: Honors a class that has changed the eco-ethos of their school, protected the environment, and/or influenced their school community.
Learn more HERE.
March 22, 2017: Teacher Workshop at Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo will be hosting a FREE 3.5 hour Professional Development course on natural selection and evolution. Teachers will get to meet live animal ambassadors at the zoo. For more information about their programs check out their website. Early registration is important so that they can provide each teacher with free resources, such as labs, DVDs, posters and lessons. Here is their registration link.
March 3, 2017: Crystal Apple Educator Awards
Friday, March 17 is our deadline to submit a nomination for the Venoco, Inc. Crystal Apple Educator Award. These awards are an ideal way to recognize and celebrate the contributions that your colleagues make to your school community. For 20 years, Venoco, Inc. has supported this prestigious award for educators across Santa Barbara County. To receive the Crystal Apple Educator Award is truly an honor. You may nominate educators in these categories: Elementary Teacher, Secondary Teacher, Administrator, Classified Employee, and Certificated Support Provider. Anyone is welcome to make a nomination, so please feel free to forward this email. Five north, and five south county educators will win the award, one in each of the categories. The Selection Committee seeks well-written nominations that clearly capture the nominee’s dedication to the success of all students. Winners of this prestigious award will be recognized at the Education Celebration Event on May 25 in Buellton. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit our website. Nominations must be received by March 17, 2017. Questions? Contact: Anne Flores at (805) 964-4711 ext. 5277 or me at ext. 5281.
February 24, 2017: Educational Resources from SB County Water Agency and Air Pollution Control District
The Santa Barbara County Water Agency has a wide array of resources for teachers and students to support water supply and conservation resources. These are excellent tools for the classroom. Click HERE for more Waterwise, Project Wet, and more information.
Similarly, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has a variety of air quality-related resources for teachers as well. Click HERE for more information.
Both the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and the Santa Barbara County Water Agency are supporters of the SBCEO Teachers Network’s Care for Our Earth Grants.