• The Remote Instruction Innovation (RII) Grant, a brand-new offering of the SBCEO Teachers Network for 2020-21, was created in response to school closures caused by the pandemic. The RII Grant aims to find, support, and recognize innovative and effective remote/online instruction to share with other local teachers. The selced strategies, projects, and approaches engage students, address their social/emotional needs, and create an inclusive space for ALL. 

    Thank you to our SBCEO Teachers Network parnters who understand the impact COVID has had on teachers and students, and generously gave and make this grant possible:

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     2020-21 Remote Instruction Innovation Strategies:

    If you are interested in learning how you can integrate these approaches into your classroom, email us the Teachers Network.


    Krista Caniano- Lompoc Valley Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District

    Individualized Log in Books
    If your students cannot login to online learning independently, they need a modified approach. Individual login books give a pictorial view, so they can learn step by step how to attend their online courses and complete online work. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


     Wendy Culver - Clarence Ruth School, Lompoc Unified School District

    Distance Learning Reading Incentive
    Recognizing the problem of keeping students motivated after school hours to complete independent reading, which is essential for developing readers to maintain, I created an incentive program to recognize a variety of reading success targets. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Fe Demition - Miller School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

    Literacy and Guided Reading Book and Math Learning Tools
    The objective of this grant is to fund and supply literacy and guided reading books to students as well as math learning tools and manipulatives during remote learning to increase student engagement and teach essential reading foundational skills. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Nathan Evans - Vieja Valley School, Hope School District

    Manga High International Math Program
    This is a US Common Core Standards based Math program in which I assign challenges from grade levels k-12 (I use grades 4-9 for my 5th graders). We also are paired up with schools from all across the world and have Math competitions which last one week at a time each. The students LOVE this progam! Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.

    Student Testimonial: 

    Dear generous donor,
    Thank you for your generous donation for Manga High. Our school’s paid program is one called happy numbers, happy numbers is just not as fun as Manga High. Manga High has games activities and much more than happy numbers. I like how the manga high program makes math and learning fun for kids like me. My favorite game on Manga High is Sunday times multiplication facts. You can go online and test your skills against other people in the world. I really like how you were super kind and gave us money for Manga High thank you for supporting our class!
    ~ Sincerely, (Student)


    Jennifer Gamboa - Ballard School, Ballard School District

    Succeeding at Asynchronous Teaching With Seesaw
    Asynchronous teaching has never been as important as it is now. With students and teachers working apart, they each need a tool to help teach, connect, and share thinking. The online portfolio program, Seesaw, does all of the above for teachers and students. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Carolyn Haines - Canalino School, Carpinteria Unified School District

    Digital Classroom Hub
    The Digital Classroom Hub is a strategy for your classroom website that makes it easy for students and their families to find and access class materials, assignments, and schedules, AND is easy for the teacher to update and maintain. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Jeanet Herrera - Jimenez Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

    Learn Math Anytime & Anywhere
    Math lessons will be taught using a variety of strategies in order to engage all students during remote learning. With the use of a variety of technologies, these strategies will allow students to be successful in math. Strategies include teacher created math videos, small group interaction, and Flipgrid videos created by students. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Laura Ishikawa - Hancock Preschool, Santa Barbara County Education Office

    Partnering with Families During Distance Learning
    By creating and posting videos that model language, developmental learning strategies, and behavior support strategies to my Google Classroom, I am able to visually show and model for my families a variety of activities and strategies they can use with their children on their own time and schedule during distaoce learning. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.

    Teacher Testimonial:

    Thank you so much for funding the Remote Instruction Innovation Grants! Your support of teachers during this time of change and pivoting to all new teaching and learning strategies is appreciated.
    ~ Laura Ishikawa, SBCEO Preschool Inclusion Teacher

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    Kayla Johnson - Monroe Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

    Engaging Education Through Online Visuals
    My teaching strategy this year, in order to engage my students, has been to create engaging, colorful, and academically fun-filled slides to reach all of my students and their learning needs. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Shauna Juarez - Tunnell School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

    Engaging Young Scholars in Distance Learning
    What are the specific instructional tools for online learning that primary students need to be successful in a digital environment? I have created tools that allow the young learner to navigate the online interface of Zoom, Chrome, Clever, Seesaw, and Classroom in an appropriately scaffolded and systematic introduction. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.

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    Rosemary Martin - Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

    Bienvenidos a La Clase
    I use weekly presentations via Google Slides, fill-in forms, an interactive notebook, Google Classroom, Nearpod, PearDeck, Quizlet and many more programs to make learning more engaging. I have summative and formative assessments. The assistant superintendent was impressed by the scaffolding and other elements of my work. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Alexandria Medina -  Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District

    Introduction to Gothic Fiction
    To introduce the concept of Gothic Fiction to students at the beginning of the StudySync unit Suspense, I created an asynchronous EdPuzzle assignment to briefly introduce the concept and have students apply the newly learned concept. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Jason Naczek - Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College School District

    Routines! Routines! Routines!
    The goal is to make the virtual classroom a safe, fun place where students feel included and engaged, know what to expect, and WANT to be there. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Eugenia Pappas & Lara Schmeiser - Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College School District

    Primary Remote Technology Interface Strategy
    We utilized the LMS platform "Canvas" and created an interface that allows for flexibility with drop and drag programming to create visually-based learning platforms for ease of parent and student daily access. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Stacey Rapp - Benjamin Foxen School, Blochman Union School District

    Building Classroom Community and Confidents Students
     Creating a strong classroom community is vital to creating a strong and effective learning environment especially during these times of distance learning. One way I am doing so is by incorporating engaging interactions through some great computer programing. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Lynn Seigel-Boettner - Vieja Valley School, Hope School District
    A-B-C, It's Easy As 1-2-3 Hands-On Learning in An Online World

    Teaching children how to write letters and numbers. How to provide meaningful, hands-on experiences, while in Distance Learning mode. Encouraging students to turn off the computer and get outside time. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Kyler Stupar - La Cumbre Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

    Online Math Language Routines
    Math Language Routines are classroom routines that specifically scaffold discussions about math in order to offer entry points to using math language to students of all mathematical and linguistic capabilities. I have developed a method for facilitating these (typically in person) routines online. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Lara Willbanks - San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

    SEL Check and Connect in Covid: A 5 Minute Method for Starting a Zoom Class That Encourages Social-Emotional Well Being
    I have developed a system for starting a Zoom class in an engaging way that supports students social-emotional wellbeing. It is a system that anyone can replicate. The tools needed are Zoom, Google Apps for Education and ParentSquare/StudentSquare (or other communication system). Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.


    Melissa Woods - Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

    Experiential Learning with Elementary Students
    The goal of this initiative is to leverage the expertise of our team of teachers, our facilities, and resources to develop, implement, and provide high-quality STEAM educational experiences for local elementary students. We will create STEAM kits that are aligned with the NGSS to be delivered to 4-6 grade teachers and students. Contact the Teachers Network if you'd like to learn more.