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:

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.

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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! 

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 

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 websiteEarly 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 TeacherSecondary 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.