Current Award Winners

2016 Innovation in Education Award Winners


inspire Award

Program: “Maximizing Ability, Minimizing Disability for Optimal Success” program

School/District: Orange Glen High School, Escondido Union High School District

Description: This program for students with intellectual disabilities utilizes technology in ways that go well beyond the typical educational expectations. Students use technology to share interests, experiences, and challenges with others, allowing for greater creative expression, social connection, and a sense of belonging. This program’s goal is to better prepare students for future independence and employability.


innovate Award

Program: “Engineering Science – Makerspace Lab” program

School/District: Montgomery Middle School, Cajon Valley Union School District

Description: This program transformed a 20th century wood shop class into a 21st century Makerspace lab where students use the design process in a variety of mediums. Students discover and learn about Arduinos, electronic circuits, mechanical engineering, and additive manufacturing (3D printers) to create products that solve a problem or satisfy a need.


achieve Award

Program: “Foreign Language and Global Studies (FLAGS)” program

School/District: Hilltop Middle School, Sweetwater Union High School District

Description: This program focuses on expanding students’ global awareness through a foreign language curriculum that utilizes modern technology. Students choose various languages to learn, and engage in a hands-on curriculum that includes mock trials, Socratic seminars, blogging, creating multimedia presentations for authentic audiences, showcasing skills to parents and teachers, and curriculum-centered field trips.


impact Award

Program: “Health Pathways” program

School/District: Health Sciences High and Middle College, San Diego Unified School District

Description: This program in City Heights is a four year, 9-12 grade comprehensive career development model that integrates an on-site healthcare internship and coursework leading to industry certification and preparation for a certification exam.

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