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  • SBCEO Teachers Network

    The SBCEO Teachers Network provides mini grants, awards, and recognition events for teachers and schools throughout Santa Barbara County. Since 1984 the SBCEO Teachers Network has partnered with local businesses, foundations, and community organizations to support leadership, innovation, and effective instruction to improve teaching and learning.

    Steve Keithley                                 Anne Flores
    Director                                              Administrative Assistant
    skeithley@sbceo.org                        anneflores@sbceo.org
    (805) 964-4711 ext. 5281                 (805) 967-4711 ext. 5277

     


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    Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union

    Crystal Apple Educator Award 

     

    Description: 
    Each year ten very special people from Santa Barbara County are chosen to receive a Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union Crystal Apple Educator Award. Nominated for this award by their peers, these hard-working educators are recognized for their dedication to students and education, their instructional and motivational skills, their ability to challenge and inspire students, and their effective interaction with students, staff, and the local community.

    School employees, colleagues, parents and students are invited to nominate educators who they feel have provided exceptional service to students. Awards are presented at the Education Celebration in May, to which recipients are invited as guests. The award includes a stipend.

    The award categories are:

    •  Elementary teacher: Grades K-6
    •  Secondary teacher: Grades 6-12
    •  Certificated support provider: e.g., a school counselor, school psychologist, certificated librarian, nurse, or any other certificated support personnel
    •  Administrator: school site or district/county office
    •  Classified employee: school site or district/county office

     The Crystal Apple Educator Award nomination window is now closed. Please check back Spring 2021.

     

     

     

     

    Distinguished Mentor Award

    These three special awards are coordinated in partnership between the:

    SBCEO Teachers Network, the SBCEO Teacher Induction Program, and the SBUSD Induction Program

    Description:
    The Distinguished Mentor Awards are among the highest honors a teacher can receive in Santa Barbara County. The awards recognize exceptional instruction, leadership, and potential. Administrators, colleagues, or others are invited to nominate teachers for these awards. Winners are recognized at A Salute to Teachers, our annual recognition event.

    These awards are granted to Mentor Teachers who are actively serving in either the SBCEO Teacher Induction Program, or the Santa Barbara Unified School District Induction Program* and exhibit the following:

    A. Exceptional dedication to supporting the professional growth of beginning teachers.
    B. Demonstration of exemplary instructional practice.
    C. Ability to inspire and motivate both students and colleagues.
    D. Dedication to the overall success of their educational organization.

    The Distinguished Mentor Award nomination window is now closed. Please check back Spring 2021.

    *Other induction programs may be eligible. Contact our office for details.

     

     

     

     

    Distinguished New Educator Award

    Coordinated in partnership between the:

    SBCEO Teachers Network, the SBCEO Teacher Induction Program, and the SBUSD Induction Program

    Description: 

    The Distinguished New Educator Awards are among the highest honors a teacher can receive in Santa Barbara County. The awards recognize exceptional instruction, leadership, and potential. Administrators, colleagues, or others are invited to nominate teachers for these awards. Winners are recognized at A Salute to Teachers, our annual recognition event.

    These awards are granted to individuals who are enrolled in either the SBCEO Teacher Induction Program, or the Santa Barbara Unified School District Induction Program* and exhibit the following:

    A. Exemplary instructional practice
    B. Ability to inspire and effectively interact with students
    C. Demonstration of innovative teaching methods and/or ability to overcome obstacles and inspire others
    D. Ability to engage in a continuous cycle of reflection and instructional improvement

    The Distinguished New Educator Award nomination window is now closed. Please check back Spring 2021.

     

     

     

     

    Marvin Melvin Career Technical Educator Award

     The Marvin Melvin Career Technical Educator Awards are given to outstanding career-technical educators in Santa Barbara County, in memory of long-time Santa Barbara High School Industrial Arts teacher, Marvin Melvin. Marvin, known for his quick wit and bow tie, taught machine shop, metal, and drafting classes. One of his students, Frank Schipper, who excelled in learning and applying machine shop skills, even won a first place CA State award for building a wood lathe under Marvin’s supervision. These annual awards are sponsored by Frank Schipper Construction Company and Tradart Foundation, and coordinated by the SBCEO Teachers Network. One north, and one south county Career Technical Educator receives this honor annually. There is no application process for this award, nominations are made by the ROP program administrators. Learn more about the award and the man after whom the award is named HERE.

     

     

     

     

    Santa Barbara Bowl

    Peforming Arts Teacher of the Year Award

    Description:
    The Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year is an annual recognition of an exemplary performing arts teacher. The SBCEO Teachers Network, in partnership with The Santa Barbara Bowl, selects one teacher based upon the content of the nomination forms. Nominations may be made on behalf of a performing arts teacher, or a performing arts teacher may nominate him/herself. The Selection Committee comprised of educators, members of the community, and Santa Barbara Bowl representatives will review all nominations.

    The Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year (SBBPATOY) is an excellent instructional leader who effectively inspires the creativity of students, and serves the greater school community with the arts. He or she also serves as an excellent voice representing the importance of performing arts for students in public education.

    Within our county, we have many outstanding performing arts teachers who qualify for this special recognition. Districts, principals, and colleagues are encouraged to nominate teachers that qualify, and performing arts teachers may also self-nominate.

    Eligibillity:

    • Any current, fully credentialed, PreK-12 teacher in Santa Barbara County.
    • Primary responsibility is teaching performing arts to students.
    • Nominees must have taught in the classroom for at least 3 full years.
    • Previously nominated teachers are eligible.

    The Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year:

    • Will be recognized at the annual A Salute to Teachers event held each fall.
    • May have his/her students perform at a Teachers Network event.
    • May be interviewed and filmed for promotional purposes.
    • May be asked to speak at other events.
    • Will win a $500 grant award and a VIP concert experience at The Santa Barbara Bowl.

    The nomination window is now closed. Please check back Spring 2021.

      

     

     

    Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year Award

     

    The Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year is an annual recognition of an exemplary educator to serve as a voice celebrating and representing all teachers. Each year one PreK-12 teacher is selected based upon the content of the application, letters of support, observation of instruction, and an interview by the Selection Committee. The winning County Teacher of the Year award will submit an application to the California State Teacher of the Year competition.

    The Teacher of the Year is an excellent instructional leader and an effective communicator regarding the issues and challenges confronting teachers today. The Teacher of the Year is an advocate and representative for the entire educational community. This individual represents teachers at educational forums and is called upon to speak at local service and educational events.

    The Teacher of the Year is one of the highest honors an educator can receive. Within our county, we have many outstanding teachers who qualify for this special recognition. Districts are encouraged to nominate one teacher as their district’s applicant, and teachers may also self-nominate.

     

    Timeline:

    The nomination process for 2021 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year has now closed. The official announcement of the 2021 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year will be made by the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

    – Nominations for the 2022 award will begin at the district level in fall, 2020.

    – District Nominations Due: December, 2020.

    – District and Self-Nominee Application Deadline: February, 2021 

    Application:
    The application will be made available in fall, 2020.

    Eligibility:
    Any fully credentialed, PreK-12 teacher in Santa Barbara County whose primary responsibility is teaching students. Applicants must have taught in the classroom for at least 8 full years. State requirements are subject to change and may affect the candidate’s eligibility for California State Teacher of the Year.

    Selection:
    A selection committee of administrators, business and community partners, and a previous Teacher of the Year complete an initial screening of the applications. Finalists will be interviewed and observed in the classroom.

    Notification:
    Notification of finalists will be made approximately four to five weeks after the application deadline.

    The Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year:

    Will be recognized at the annual teacher recognition events, Education Celebration, and A Salute to Teachers.
    May be interviewed and filmed for promotional purposes.
    Will be asked to speak at local service and educational events.
    Will apply for the California State Teacher of the Year award.

     

     

     

    Care for Our Earth Grants

    The The Care for Our Earth Grants are generously funded by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and the Santa Barbata County Water Agency. These minigrants are designed for teachers interested in environmental instruction or service projects. Projects must focus on one or more of the following-- energy and/or conservation, reducing air pollution, water supply & conservation, and recycling.

    Eligibility: Any PreK-12, public school teacher or non-management certificated employee in Santa Barbara County may apply. 

    Subject Area: Any.

    Application & Deadline: Check back Fall 2020.

    Funding Level: $300* Special consideration may be given to projects that require additional funding. Contact othe SBCEO Teachers Network for details (805) 964-4711 ext. 5277.

    Additional Information:

    -Project must focus on one or more of the following-- energy conservation, reducing air pollution, water supply & conservation, and recycling.

    -Grants funds may be used for: field trips, guest speakers, project supplies, equipment or devices for conserving energy or water, science experiments, displays, artwork, etc. 

    -Additional funds may also be available to support a school-wide education program/assembly on water education. Contact the SBCEO Teachers Network for details (805) 964-4711 ext. 5277.

    Need ideas to get started? Click HERE for water-related ideas, or click HERE for air-related ideas.

     

     

     

     

    SBCEO Teachers Network offers many different mini grants to local teachers. The grants are simple to apply for and are intended to support innovative and effective instruction for individual teachers and teams who seek to creatively impact student acheivement. All grants have multiple winners and have theirs own application and deadline. Click to learn more:

     

     

     

     

    Collaborative Learning Team Grants

    The Collaborative Learning Team Grant is designed to support grade-level or subject area teams working together at a single school site or PLC to design and implement innovative instruction in the new California State Standards. This grant will provide teams with funding for materials and to facilitate additional time for developing instructional elements.

    Eligibility: PreK-12 Santa Barbara County Public School Teachers. 

    Subject area: Any

    Grant Application & Deadline: Spring, 2021

    Grant Award:  $2,500

    Details:

    Teams may apply for this grant to:

    • Develop original materials, strategies, and curriculum that align to CA State Standards.
    • Develop original lessons or programs that other teachers and teams can adapt.
    • Develop assessments, and data collection tools to monitor student learning and inform instruction.
    • Participate in professional learning opportunities.
    • Experiment with ways to solve specific instructional challenges presented by the new CA State Standards.
    • Develop a project that encourages parent and/or community partnerships to improve student achievement of the standards. 

    Funds from the grant may be used for substitute pay, mileage, materials, etc. Grant funds will be paid to the school site or district.

     

     

     

     

    Curriculum Project Grants

    The Curriculum Project Grants are intended for teachers of any grade level or subject area who would like to implement innovative and effective instructional units.

    Subject Area: Any (a special category for Performing Arts Curriculum Project grants is described below*).

    Grant Application & Deadline: Winter, 2021

    Who is eligible? 
    Any Santa Barbara County public school teacher or non-management certificated employee in grades PreK-12 in any subject or specialization may apply for Project Grants.

    Funding level: $700 –  Grant payment information can be found HERE

    Description: 
    This grant category is for Santa Barbara County teachers who have successful, creative, or innovative curriculum units or projects. Teachers are welcome to submit projects from any subject area. Applicants must submit a minimum of three lesson plans as part of the application. Special consideration is given to STEM related projects and those that focus on Common Core State Standards.

     

     

     

     

    Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

    Subject Area: PreK-12 Performing Arts

    Grant Application & Deadline: Winter, 2021

    Who is eligible? 
    Any Santa Barbara County public school teacher or non-management certificated employee in grades PreK-12 in any subject or specialization may apply for this grant but it must include a student performance.

    Funding level: $700 –  Grant payment information can be found HERE

     

    This specific Curriculum Project Grant category is specifically intended to support the development of innovative instructional lessons, units, or projects focusing on all aspects of performing arts. Priority will be given to applications that engage students with exciting instruction in the arts and include some kind of performance. Integration of Standards and multiple subject areas are strongly encouraged. Applications from teachers of any subject/grade throughout Santa Barbara County will be accepted.

    Grant Application: Click HERE for application. Application will download to your computer

     

     

     

     

    Instructional Strategy Team Grants

    Instructional Strategy Team Grants  consist 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 collaborating with the Team.

    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.

    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.

    Check back here fall 2020 for next year’s application.

    Prior Winners: Click HERE to see previous Instructional Strategy Teams.

    Funding Level: Coaches- $1,200; Team Members- $500

     

     

     

     

    SBCEO Teacher Innovation Grants

     

    Eligibility: Only SBCEO certificated, non-management teachers or employees may apply.

    Subject area: Any

    Application & Deadline: Check back winter, 2021.

    Funding level: $500

    Description: 
    The Teacher Innovation Fund provides grants for Santa Barbara County Education Office teachers to creatively explore new ways of helping students learn. SBCEO teachers may apply to:

    • Develop an original teaching idea or a new program which others can adapt.
    • Enrich your curriculum to improve instruction.
    • Participate in professional learning opportunities.
    • Experiment with ways to solve specific instructional, classroom, and/or student-management problems.
    • Develop a project that encourages parent and/or community partnerships.
    • Develop a project that enhances the schools facility (e.g. visual art, recreation) and/or benefits students educationally.

     

     

     

     

     

    QAD TeachNet Technology Grants

    The QAD TeachNet Technology Grant Program, generously funded by QAD Inc., aims to improve student learning and achievement by addressing the technical, practical, and pedagogical issues surrounding integration of technology in classroom instruction.

    Eligibility: Any PreK-12, public school teacher in Santa Barbara County may apply.

    Subject area: Any, but technology integration is required.

    Application & Deadline: Check back spring, 2021.

    Funding level: $1,000 & $500

    Description: 

    There are two categories teachers may apply for:

    QADTeachNet Technology Innovator Grant  ($1,000): Applicants must submit a standards-based and classroom-tested unit consisting of at least three lesson plans with content supported by technology.

    QAD TeachNet Technology Ready-Set-Tech Grant ($500): Applicants must submit a single lesson that effectively uses technology to teach a standards-based lesson.

     

     

     

    Teachers Network EVENTS

    Each year the SBCEO Teachers Network hosts two events, A Salute to Teachers, and the Education Celebration. Each event is designed to honor and recognize recipients of the Teachers Network grants and awards. Click to learn more:

    • A Salute to Teachers
    • Education Celebration

     

     

     

    Teachers Network and Frequently Asked Questions

    Tips for writing quality nominations and applications:

        • Be sure to check eligibility requirements, and ensure you or your nominee meet them.
        • Answer all the questions completely.
        • Avoid jargon- our Selection Committee members are not necessarilly educators.
        • Make sure your responses are well thought-out, polished, and provide a detailed explanation of the project and description of how the grant funds will be spent.

    Tips for first-time nominators and applicants:

      • Go For It! Our mini grants and awards are designed for local teachers just like you!
      • Contact us if you have questions- that's what we're here for.
      • Be confident in your writing- many first-time applicants have their projects funded.
      • Make certain that you follow all instructions and meet the application deadline.

    How are award and grant winners selected?

    • Grant applications are read and selected by a committee of SBCEO administrators and business and community partners. Annual funding levels determine the number of grants awarded each year.
    • All applications are reviewed for completeness, and quality of responses to questions.
    • When will I hear if my application or nomination was selected?
      • Notifications will be made approximately three to four weeks after the deadline.
    • How will I receive award or grant funds?
      • The Santa Barbara County Education Office Teachers Network must abide by all legal requirements, regulations, and intentions of donors when awarding grant funds to recipients. The following rules apply to all grant payments:
      • Grant funds must be used during the school year in which the grant was awarded.
      • Grant funds will be distributed in one of three ways, as decided by the grant recipient:
      • 1. Payroll-Funds are sent to the District, subject to normal deductions, taxes and withholdings.
      • 2. District Reimbursement for Purchased Items-Funds are sent to the District for reimbursement after grant recipient returns receipts for items purchased. District may require that all receipts are turned-in at once, and by the purchasing cut-off date for the current school year.
      • 3. School Site Reimbursement for Purchased Items-Funds are sent to the school for reimbursement after grant recipient returns receipts for items purchased. School site may require that all receipts are turned-in at once, and by the purchasing cut-off date for the current school year.
      • Exceptions:
      • Santa Maria-Bonita School District requests that grants awards be paid via payroll option only.
      • Collaborative Learning Team Grant payments will be made to the school site or district only.
      • SBCEO Teacher Innovation Grants may be paid by reimbursement only, receipts returned to Anne Flores by May 10 of the school year during which the grant was awarded. Purchased items will remain the property of SBCEO.
      • For additional information, please contact SBCEO Teachers Network (805) 964-4711 ext. 5277.