2015 Innovation in Education Award Winners
Program: Feaster Charter Engineering Lab
School/District: Feaster Charter School, Chula Vista Elementary School District
Description: The Feaster Charter Engineering Lab has taught more than 1,475 students how to use engineering to create a prototype with the potential to change our daily lives. Projects are grade specific. For example, second graders are designing and engineering freeze panels that reflect and trap cold air to help save polar bears from global warming.
School/District: Poway Unified School District
Description: Design39Campus is challenging students to create “new learning adventures” based on their individual interests. This customized approach to education includes groups of students organized by common interest as well as learning space and equipment configurations that are adaptable to meet individual student interests. The innovative learning environments encourage students engagement and improve academic achievement.
School/District: Longfellow Spanish Immersion Magnet School, San Diego Unified School District
Description: The B3techies program at Longfellow Spanish Immersion Magnet School (San Diego Unified School District) is a website and YouTube channel created by seventh graders to provide a variety of how-to and video tutorials that help educators embrace technology and enable students to learn 24/7. Students who want to learn more than they are exposed to in class have access to advanced technology lessons via the tutorials.
Program: SDCOE Leading Edge Certification for the Online and Blended Learning Teacher
School/District: San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)
Description: In only four years, the San Diego County Office of Education Leading Edge Certification for the Online and Blended Teacher program has certified more than 600 teachers from more than 50 schools, districts, and institutions of higher learning. The nationally-acclaimed program provides teachers with a solid understanding of how to strengthen online and blended learning opportunities for all students.