Current Award Winners

2022 Innovation Grant Award Winners

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Program: “Silver Gate Garden and Rutabaga Education

School/District: Silver Gate Elementary School, San Diego Unified School District

Description: The Silver Gate Garden and Rutabaga Education created a standardized curriculum with 10 lessons each season (Fall, Winter, Spring); and 30 annually. This provides an easy script and growing guide that builds upon itself from week-to-week and year-to-year. It uses cross-curriculum and state standards for Social Studies, Math, Science, and Nutrition. The ease with which teachers and volunteers can prepare and the value of the content, make it a holistic program with weekly hands-on learning.


Program: “Collaborations: Teachers and Artists”

School/District: CoTA: Collaborations: Teachers and Artists

Description: CoTA’s flagship program, Collaborations is a sustained 3-year partnership with San Diego elementary schools, pioneering arts-integrated professional development for the entire faculty. This truly unique model of collaboration produces a legacy of creative change. Students benefit from over 100 hours of creative instruction, while teachers receive 60 hours of coaching, building confidence and skills that enhance learning and leverage the arts for student engagement across every content area.


Program: “College/Career Center” 

School/District: Health Sciences High and Middle College

Description: College/Career Center at HSHMC coordinates our K-16 partnership with Cuyamaca Community College. College component success is marked by offering over 31 CSU and UC transferable college and career classes a semester. Our annual graduation rate is over 98% and over 85% graduate completing 2+ semesters of transferable college credits while meeting career pathway requirements. In sum, the program has a huge impact on the entire student body and fosters the aspirations and achievements.


Program: “Through the Lens of Equity: Jump Starting Pathways to Rewarding Careers” 

School/District: Poway Unified School District

Description: Since 2016, the focused efforts of the Poway Unified CTE Program have accelerated students’ post-secondary transitions to college and rewarding careers. Using data and strategies for sustainability, we’ve strengthened and improved outreach and inclusion of underrepresented students TK-12, created new career and college pathways in priority industry sectors, implemented innovative scheduling formats, adopted interdisciplinary curriculum, and expanded the provision of early college credit.


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