Current Award Winners

2018 Innovation in Education Award Winners

To learn more about each program, please visit our Video Library for a short video about the winners.


inspire Award

Program: From Digital to Physical Program

School/District: Valley Middle School, Carlsbad Unified School District

Description: This is the first physical education program to win a CFF Innovation Award. The Digital to Physical program curates professional grade videos and other open educational resources (OER) to engage the digital native student body around health science.


innovate Award

Program: Talent Cities Program

School/District: Vista Unified School District

Description: This program is a partnership between Vista Unified School District, New Learning Ventures, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses to expand young people’s vision of themselves in the world of work. This program brings middle school students into the workplace and allows them to speak directly to employers about what it takes to be successful.


achieve Award

Program: Farm Lab DREAMS Campus” program

School/District: Encinitas Union School District

Description: This program provides students with the opportunity to design real solutions for people in the real world. The program leverages community partners, technology, and flexible spaces to create a student-centered course which challenges students to make the world a better place. For example, students are designing prosthetics for children and distributing them around the world!


impact Award

Program: “Design & Modeling Program” program

School/District: Calavera Hills Middle School, Carlsbad Unified School District

Description: The Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA) is a true story of school transformation. Three years ago, Washington Middle School became VIDA: a school dedicated to a cross-curricular and integrated learning approach that focuses on igniting the creative genius of all students. Students at VIDA utilize the design thinking process, which is embedded into every class, as a way to enhance their learning by solving real world problems. As a result of the school’s innovative approach, teachers are empowered and more students are succeeding today than ever before.

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