The Classroom of the Future Foundation will honor a number of San Diego County
education initiatives that positively impact student learning at the 10th
anniversary of its Innovation in Education Awards dinner, May 22 at the
University of San Diego.
Each year the foundation recognizes classroom
leaders and programs that inspire students to achieve through the development of
innovative learning programs.
“The programs chosen to be honored
demonstrate a significant impact on learning and are innovative, inspirational
or substantially improve student achievement,” said Bruce Braciszewski, Ph.D.,
executive director, Classroom of the Future Foundation.
Winners will be
recognized at the 10th Anniversary of the Innovation in Education Awards program
and are featured on the Foundation’s new blog, blog.classroomofthefuture.org.
This year the Impact Award will be presented to the San Diego Unified
School District for its district-wide commitment to incorporate 21st-century
technology in the classroom. Interactive whiteboards, netbooks or iPads for all
130,000 students, along with other interconnected technologies, are becoming the
defining characteristics of the district’s five-year plan for its 7,000
classrooms. Dinner and Impact Award sponsor SDG&E will present a $10,000
check to San Diego Unified.
The Inspire Award will be given to El
Cajon’s Valhalla High School Digital Arts program, which is part of the school’s
Career Technical Education pathway in arts, media and entertainment. The program
inspires students by being modeled after video games and gaming. Inspire Award
sponsor Qualcomm will present $5,000 to Valhalla.
The San Marcos Unified
School District will receive the Innovate Award for using web-conferences to
cost-effectively provide professional development for its staff. The district’s
457 elementary teachers participate in the program that focuses on California’s
common core state standards. Innovate Award sponsor EDmin will present the
The PRIDE Academy in the Santee Elementary School District
will be honored for the second time, receiving the Achieve Award for converting
its learning format to one that emphasizes continual project-based learning,
teamwork, collaboration and the use of modern educational technology. The
program won the Inspire Award in 2010 and now three years later, student
achievement scores are increasing. The Achieve Award includes $5,000 from
sponsor Mission Federal Credit Union.
In addition, Cajon Valley Middle
School in El Cajon will receive an Inspire Honorable Mention Award for its
creative writing program.
Innovate Honorable Mentions will be awarded to
Riverview International Academy in Lakeside for its immersion education program
and to Carmel Valley Middle School for its “flipped classrooms” where teacher
lectures and presentations are delivered at home via online video and the school
day is devoted more to students doing the work that once was considered
Achieve Award Honorable Mentions will recognize
Felicita School in Escondido for its use of iPod touches as learning tools for
elementary students, and to the Lemon Grove School District for transforming the
content of its textbooks into interactive media.
The Innovation in
Education Awards dinner will also feature $40,000 in scholarships provided by
Jack in the Box and the USS Midway Museum to AVID scholars.
Diego-based Classroom of the Future Foundation brings San Diego County’s
education and business communities together to facilitate partnerships, which
create innovative learning environments that prepare students to thrive in a
competitive global society. Each year, the foundation asks educators and school
district leaders throughout the county to submit their respective learning
programs for Innovation in Education Awards consideration. Winners are chosen by
a jury of local business and education leaders. For more information about the
awards program or Classroom of the Future Foundation, contact Executive Director
Bruce Braciszewski at (858) 292-3685 or visit http://www.classroomofthefuture.org.