• Teachers wishing to learn one of the 2020 Instructional Strategies will begin by applying to be an Instructional Strategy Team Member. The application process begins by reviewing the winning 2020 Instructional Strategies. The strategies belong to Instructional Strategy Team "Coaches" who wish to share a teaching approach or technique that was reviewed and chosen by our Selection Committee. After reviewing available strategies, apply for the Team Member grant.

     Check back in the Fall of 2021 to become an Instructional Strategy Team Member. 

    Additional Information: This grant is designed to develop instructional capacity through collaboration with peers from any local school site. Teams meet for a minimum of three, 1-hour sessions over a period of several months, and are scheduled by the Team Coach. Team Coaches will work to coordinate a schedule of online meetings with Team Members in mind. This is a highly competitive grant, and only 3-5 team members will be selected for each team.

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

    Grant Award: Team Members- $500  –  Grant payment information can be found HERE.  

    The 2020 Instructional Strategies:


    Instructional Strategy: Teaching With Progressions

    Instructional Strategy Team Coach: Karen Hamner, La Honda STEAM Academy, Lompoc Unified School District

    Description: Progressions came from Steve Ventura and are part of Teacher Clarity. It clarifies what needs to be taught explicitly to students by breaking down each standard into small pieces and aligning each piece with Depth of Knowledge activities.


    Check back in the fall of 2021 to become a  Member of an Instructional Strategy Team.

    Instructional Strategy: Digital Interactive Notebooks

    Instructional Strategy Team Coach: Chris Ladwig, Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District

    Description: This strategy takes the popular Interactive Notebook and moves it into the digital realm, using Google Slides! The addition of digital tools & media help to meet the needs of all learners in all subjects, especially during the uniques challenges of distance learning.


    To apply to be a Member of this Instructional Strategy Team, click HERE

    Instructional Strategy: Classroom Connection and Community

    Instructional Strategy Team Coach: Christine Lindblad, Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

    Description: Whether classes are in person or online, students thrive when they feel a part of a community. My strategy focuses on using strategies from responsive classroom and collaborative STEM activities to connect students and engage critical thinking.


    To apply to be a Member of this Instructional Strategy Team, click HERE

    Instructional Strategy: Creating Interactive Google Slides for Online Learning

    Instructional Strategy Team Coach: Melanie Thatcher, Miguelito School, Lompoc Unified School District

    Description: Creating Google sides that are iterative to promote student learning online. Learning to make slides that align with the curriculum and use strategies like fill in, matching, draw a response, and/or self checking.


    To apply to be a Member of this Instructional Strategy Team, click HERE

    Instructional Strategy: Family Strengthening Through Routines-Based Assessment

    Instructional Strategy Team Coach: Julia "Frances" Vasquez, SBCEO Preschool SDC on Taylor School, Santa Barbara County Education Office

    Description: Under current distance learning mandates teachers are unable to meet face to face with our students to address their social-emotional development, learning needs, and/or IEP goals. The Family Routines-Based assessment strategy strengthens families and communities through teach-family collaboration, to support our student's soccial-emotional growth using tools that have been shown to be culturally relevant, even among families with limited literacy skills.


    To apply to be a Member of this Instructional Strategy Team, click HERE