Innovation Grants

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Great teachers are always looking for ways to create innovative instruction to engage their students. This year, with your support, SchoolForce increased the budget for the Innovation Grants program and expanded the criteria to improve teachers’ ability to teach remotely. BRSSD created an approved set of technical supports for teachers to use in their home classrooms. With the support of these innovations, teachers will be better equipped to enhance learning and engage with your students this challenging year.

In 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, the major focus of the grants were to improve distance learning. This meant hands on materials to be sent home to students and technology to aid teachers deliver quality lessons.

SchoolForce provided just over $92,000 district wide for 127 projects. This is possible due to the generous donations of our donors.

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Who is eligible to apply for innovation grants?

To qualify, SchoolForce Innovation Grants (SFIG) applicants must be:

  • Actively employed as a teacher or staff member by the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District during this school year
  • In good standing with outstanding grant criteria, i.e.: if you have received a grant in previous years, you must have complied with all aspects of previously awarded grants

What is the application process and timeline?

Read and understand grant guidelines, eligibility, and grant timeline. Fill in the SFIG request form below and submit by . The grant will be reviewed and applicants will receive a response by . Grants must be initiated and all work completed by the end of the school year.

Who do I contact with questions?

We are happy to help! Send an emaill execdir@schoolforce.org.

Guidelines

The SchoolForce Innovation Grant (SFIG) Program is meant to creatively engage students, directly relate to curriculum, and impact the learning atmosphere.

  1. Applicants should read and understand grant guidelines, eligibility, and grant timeline.
  2. Only one application is permitted per person/group for this grant cycle.
  3. Applicants need to have full support from their supervisor for this project application and its implementation.
  4. The budget for the SFIG application should not include expenses incurred before SFIG approval nor non-academic items. Grants cannot include substitute expenses, food or other items which do not comply with the BRSSD health and wellness guidelines, gift cards. Technology requests must be compliant with the BRSSD technology policy and be ble to be supported by the district technology staff.
  5. Amendments to approved grants are permitted upon written request by the applicant and approval by the SFIG review committee.
  6. Applicants must initiiheir SFIG description by the end of the school ear.
  7. Following completion of the project, applicants will provide SchoolForce with a short wrap up report summarizing project status and successes/failures.
  8. Any unused grant money will be returned to SchoolForce for future grant cycles.
  9. If an applicant does not comply with the conditions of this program, it is necessary to reimburse SchoolForce for grant funds, up to the total grant awarded.
  10. Any non-compliance with terms and conditions of grants will render the applicant ineligible for future grants applications.
  11. All items purchased are property of BRSSD. The serial numbers must be registered at the time of reimbursement.

2020 Innovation Grants

CENTRAL – 2020

  • Lisa Azzopardi, 3rd grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Laura Better, 4th/5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech and subscription to online educational platform
  • Gina Bruno, 2nd grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Andrea Buck, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech and online educational platform subscription
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music teacher: Distance learning tech to support music instruction
  • Cheryl Fong, 4th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Rebecca Foster – School Psychologist: Special education assessment supplies
  • Jennifer Gray, 4th grade teacher: Distance learning tech, online spelling platform
  • Michelle Green, Kindergarten teacher: Distance learning tech and online educational platforms
  • Erin Hanau, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech and online educational platform subscriptions
  • Molly Johnson, 3rd grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Cheryl Lau – Science specialist: Student science materials for distance learning
  • Vanessa Liao, Speech/Language Pathologist: Subscriptions to special education speech and language platforms
  • Shannon Lyons and Kathy Haase, Education Specialist and Learning Center Paraprofessional: Distance learning tech
  • Nannette Mahar, Library specialist: Distance learning and library book bundles
  • Janet Mastalir, 3rd grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Rachel Meinel, Occupational Therapist: Distance learning setup
  • Kerry Schroeder, Laura Seawell, Megan Carloto, 1st grade teachers: Web-based programs for distance learning
  • Michelle Spadia, Kindergarten teacher: Flexible seating for social distancing
  • Candace Temer, Kindergarten teacher: Distance learning tech and online educational platforms

CIPRIANI – 2020

  • Tia Cilia, Kindergarten teacher: Classroom upgrades and math manipulatives for student home use
  • Melody Cuneo, 3rd grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music teacher: Distance learning tech to support music instruction
  • Mia Fanourgiakis – Science specialist: Student science materials for distance learning
  • Nannette Mahar, Library Specialist: Distance learning and library book bundles and bags
  • Rachel Meinel, Occupational Therapist: Distance learning setup
  • Katleen Morris, Kindergarten teacher: Distance learning tech and math manipulative kits for student home learning
  • Julie Oesser – Speech therapist: Online subscription to speech learning program
  • Diane Sexton, TK Teacher: Distance learning tech and math manipulative kits for student home learning
  • Juliet Taylor – School Psychologist: Special education assessment supplies

FOX – 2020

  • Karen Bowman, 2nd grade teacher: Distance learning tools and tech
  • Stephanie Butler, 4th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Nerina Carpenter, 5th grade teacher: Classroom collaboration hardware
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music teacher: Distance learning tech to support music instruction
  • Tara Dolin, Kindergarten teacher: Distance learning tech and new teacher setup
  • Jennifer Duffy, 2nd grade teacher: Distance learning setup and tech
  • Devon Fernandez, Library Specialist: Anti-racist library books
  • Rebecca Foster, School Psychologist: Special education assessment supplies
  • Julie Grogan-Crane, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Susan Hall, 3rd grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Kerri Honeycutt, Kinder/1st grade teacher: Guided reading table
  • Kortney Kaa, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Marissa Klazura, Science Specialist: Science lab materials for distance learning
  • Bart Leaver, 1st grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Marla Levy, Speech Language Pathologist: Distance learning setup
  • Vanessa Liao, Speech/Language Pathologist: Subscriptions to special education speech and language platforms
  • Rachel Meinel, Occupational Therapist: Distance learning setup
  • Shelly Menz, 3rd grade teacher: Distance learning tech and online subscription
  • Mariette Nunez, Kindergarten teacher: Distance learning setup
  • Jennifer Pusker, 2nd grade teacher: Distance learning setup and tech
  • Nina Reyes, 4th grade teacher: Distance learning tech; culturally appropriate read-alouds
  • Courtnie Roache, Angel Hession, Learning Center Teachers: Distance learning tech

NESBIT – 2020

  • Barbara Ashley-DiGrande, Education Specialist: Distance learning tech and workbooks for students
  • Joanne Bosque, TK teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Paula Crosatto, Speech and Language Pathologist: Everyday speech and tech needs
  • Cassandra de Wood, Science Specialist: Tech and online curriculum for distance learning
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music teacher: Distance learning tech to support music instruction
  • Christine Dewart, Kindergarten general education teacher: Distance learning supports
  • Amira Escherich, 5th grade teacher: Tech for distance learning
  • Devon Fernandez, Library Specialist: Anti-racist library books
  • Carolyn Fogarty, Reading Specialist: Distance learning tech
  • Mark Fox, 4th grade teacher: Distance Learning tools
  • Katie Hunter and Julie Kailath, 7th grade teachers: Book club books
  • Ashley Johnson, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning equipment
  • Tripta Joshi, Tara Russell, Jeanette Martinez, Keli McHugh, 3rd grade teachers: Distance learning tech
  • Marissa Klazura, Lisa Sweeney, and Cheryl Lau – Science specialists: Student science materials for distance learning
  • Stefanie Kwong, 1st grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Katie Lu, Kindergarten teacher: Home classroom equipment
  • Paula Mancillas, School Psychologists: Special education assessment supplies
  • Katey Marsh, 6th grade teacher: Tech tools for distance learning
  • Keli McHugh, 3rd grade teacher: New teacher setup
  • Michelle Rothe, Kindergarten teacher: Distance learning materials
  • Jamela Shaban, 4th grade teacher: Tools for virtual learning
  • Marla Soares, 4th grade teacher: Tech for distance learning
  • Travis Whitebread, 8th grade teacher: Book clubs and dystopian thrillers
  • Tristan Young, 1st grade teacher: Distance learning tech and books for students

RALSTON – 2020

  • Michael Bradley, 7th-8th grade Science teacher: Tech for online labs and teaching
  • Maia Bromberg, 6th grade Math teacher: Subscriptions for online learning platforms
  • Jonathan Chaidez, 7th-8th grade Social Studies/Elective teacher: Guitar teachers for student use at home
  • Megan Chaidez, 7th-8th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Daly Dominguez, 7th-8th grade Spanish teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Christo Gnat, 6th-8th grade English and French teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Dawn Graves, 6th-7th grade Teacher: Distance learning setup/tech
  • Brian Kersey, 8th grade RSP teacher: Distance learning tech
  • John Kim, 7th-8th grade Math teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Christy Lange, 6th grade Social Studies teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Rachel Meinel, Occupational Therapist: Distance learning setup
  • David Pickett, 6th grade English teacher: Career opportunities workshops with local non-profit organizations
  • David Pickett, Jamie Sanchez, Noel Ekstrom, 6th grade English teachers: Anti-racism books
  • Steve Pomeroy, 6th-8th grade Animation Teacher: Distance learning setup
  • Lauren Rocha, 8th grade Counselor: Distance learning tech
  • Abe Rosas, 7th grade Social Studies teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Michael Snyder, 6th-7th grade Science teacher: Materials for science labs
  • Heather Staniszewski, 7th grade Math teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Angela Sveda, 7th-8th grade Computer Science teacher: Subscription for online educational platform
  • Katherine Tofigh, 7th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Katherine Tofigh, Alison Kim, Sheila Woods, Lynn McVey, 7th grade English teachers: Interactive online vocabulary curriculum (possibly also for 6th and 8th grade ELA)
  • Jen Troccoe, School Psychologist: Special education assessment supplies
  • Anh Truong, 6th-8th grade Speech Therapist: Distance learning tech, subscriptions for online learning platforms
  • Fleur Uptegraft, 6th grade Science teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Fleur Uptegraft, Michael Snyder, Susan Welter, 6th grade Science teachers: Engineering project for students
  • Stephanie Wald, 7th grade Science teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Stephanie Wald, Michael Snyder, Michael Bradley, 7th grade Science teachers: At-home engineering projects for students
  • Susan Welter, 6th grade Science teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Susan Welter, Fleur Uptegraft, Michael Snyder, 6th grade Science teachers: Materials for science project
  • Rebekah Willing, SDC Teacher: Digital activity bundles
  • Sheila Woods, 6th-7th grade teacher: Distance learning tech, online educational platform

REDWOOD SHORES – 2020

  • Alyssa Baker, Robin Silk, Preschool teachers: Materials for student learning at home
  • Caroline Baldonado, 1st grade teacher: Distance learning tech and leveled reading kits for students
  • Molly Bartlett, 3rd grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Heather Bassett, General Education teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Lisa Bleeker, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Juliana Chia-Jung Hsu, Occupational Therapist: Tools for student learning at home
  • Jessica Cobb, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Cari Coffey, Nadia Moskaluk, Alison Williams, Kindergarten teachers: Distance learning setup
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music teacher: Distance learning tech to support music instruction
  • Adrienne Hill and Jennifer Giese, School Psychologists: Special education assessment supplies
  • Lisa Ildefonzo, 1st grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Rachel Imura, Beth DeStefani, 4th grade teachers: Books and STEAM materials for student use at home
  • Kirsten Ivazes, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Marissa Klazura, Science Specialist: Science lab materials, student materials for distance learning
  • Mariane Morini, SDC Teacher: Tool kit for teaching emotional development and support
  • Sheri Norman, 2nd/3rd grade teacher: Distance learning setup
  • Marie Pacquet, Speech therapist: Subscription to online learning materials
  • Sara Simmons, Reading Specialist and ELL teacher: Distance learning tech

SANDPIPER – 2020

  • Lynn Bjorkquist, 7th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Michele Brenner and Lana Ferguson, 1st grade teachers: Distance learning tech, books and other resources for student use at home
  • Nikole Buret, 6th grade teacher: Distance learning tech, books for student use at home
  • Juliana Chia-Jung Hsu, Occupational Therapist: Tools for student learning at home
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music teacher: Distance learning tech to support music instruction
  • Jules Dizon, 7th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Jessica Dong, Education Specialist: Distance learning tech
  • Valerie Gow, 8th grade teacher: Online math resources
  • Jody Hamon, Speech and Language Pathologist: Teletherapy resource library and tools
  • Eubene Kim, 4th grade teacher: Distance learning setup and tech
  • Alissa LaPorte, 1st grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Carolyn Marinaro, Josha Potter, 3rd grade teachers: Books and bags for student use at home
  • Kristen Ozorio, 2nd grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Kathryn Poeschl, 2nd grade teacher: Distance learning tech; SEL read-aloud books
  • Roberta Powers, 4th/5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Katie Rosas, 3rd grade teacher: Distance learning tech, books for student use at home
  • Stephanie Scala, 5th grade teacher: Distance learning tech, online learning subscriptions
  • Jennifer Schultz, 1st grade teacher: Distance learning tech
  • Shauna Small, School Psychologists: Special education assessment supplies
  • Lisa Sweeney, Science specialist: Student science materials for distance learning
  • Rebecca Wilson, Karen Jhanapin, Margaret Watson, Kindergarten teachers: Books and bags for student use at home
See 2019 and 2018 Grants