Instructional Strategy Team Grants

Instructional Strategy Team Grants Description:  This grant category consists of two components: the Team Coach and Team Members. The Team Coach is a teacher who has personally developed an original, successful instructional strategy and is willing to share the strategy with a team of teacher peers. Team Members are teachers who wish to learn a new instructional strategy by observing and collaborating with a Team Coach.

Instructional Strategy Team Members: Check back in the Fall.

Select Your Strategy Team and Download the Application HERE.

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.

Eligibility: Any Santa Barbara County public school teacher or non-management certificated employee in grades PreK-12 in any subject or specialization may apply for the Instructional Strategy Team Grants.

Click HERE to see previous Instructional Strategy Teams


Instructional Strategy Robotics Team 

Thanks to a partnership with SBCEO Educational Technology Services, one Instructional Strategy Team will focus on instruction that includes robotics.

Instructional Strategy Robotics Team Member Description:

SBCEO is excited to target one Team Instructional Strategy Grant focused on robotics and coding, termed the Robotics Instructional Strategy Team Grant (RISTG) program.

For the RISTG we are looking for creativity and innovation uses of robotics applications integrated with  curriculum. One example might be an elementary teacher teaching their students about shapes. They then might want to teach the kids to program the robots to trace around the shape of a triangle. This teaches the student about the shape (current standards), as well as programming. Another example for the secondary classroom might be a math teacher teaching their students about if-then statements, demonstrating the use of if-then statements in programming as well as in the math class. These are just two examples of building robotics use around current curriculum. Apply for this grant in the same manner you would other Instructional Strategy Team grants (see above).

Additional Information About Grant Payments and Selection:

How are grants funds awarded? Click HERE for details.

How are grants selected? 
Grant applications are read and selected by a committee of teachers, administrators, and business and community partners. Annual funding levels determine the number of teams funded each year.

Grant Writing Tips: 
Team Coach: The selection committee is looking for teacher coaches who have developed effective and successful instructional strategies and who are able and willing to teach the strategy to other teachers. Special consideration will be given to strategies involving the Common Core State Standards.

Team Member Applicants: The selection committee is looking for teacher team members who are eager to learn a new instructional strategy and are willing to take the time and effort necessary to adapt the strategy to their own classrooms. Selection for these grants is highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to write the application with enthusiasm and elaborate on how the strategy will improve their instructional practice.

When will I hear if my application was selected? 
Notifications will be made approximately three to four weeks after the deadline.

 Instructional Strategy Team Grant Recipients will:

  • Be recognized at the Education Celebration event in the spring.
  • Team Coaches may be asked to prepare a display of their strategy that will be presented at the Education Celebration and future events.
  • Strategies will be highlighted and digitally shared with other educators to encourage the dissemination of quality instructional practices.