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SchoolForce Innovation Grants – Overview

SchoolForce Innovation Grant (SFIG) applications for the Fall 2020 grant cycle can be submitted between August 17th – August 28th. Great teachers are always looking for ways to expand their instruction and engage their students. Innovative teaching is important – but it can be expensive. For this grant cycle, staff members can apply for grants of up to $500 per person to inspire, facilitate, and empower BRSSD staff to think outside the box and develop new and exciting instructional methods and projects. Collaborative grants are also encouraged with a cap of $2500.

For the 2019-2020 school year SchoolForce and the district approved grant requests totaling $71,741.88. The videos below show case some previous year’s grants. See the Previously Awarded Grants tab for more.

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 August 28th. The grant will be reviewed and applicants will receive a response by September 5th. 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 email to execdir@schoolforce.org.

Guidelines

  1. The SchoolForce Innovation Grant (SFIG) Program is meant to creatively engage students, directly relate to curriculum, and impact the learning atmosphere.
  2. Applicants should read and understand grant guidelines, eligibility, and grant timeline.
  3. Only one application is permitted per person/group for this grant cycle.
  4. Applicants need to have full support from their supervisor for this project application and its implementation.
  5. 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 able to be supported by the district technology staff.
  6. Amendments to approved grants are permitted upon written request by the applicant and approval by the SFIG review committee.
  7. Applicants must initiate and complete all work outlined in their SFIG description by the end of the school year.
  8. Following completion of the project, applicants will provide SchoolForce with a short wrap up report summarizing project status and successes/failures.
  9. Any unused grant money will be returned to SchoolForce for future grant cycles.
  10. 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.
  11. Any non-compliance with terms and conditions of grants will render the applicant ineligible for future grants applications.
  12. All items purchased are property of BRSSD. The serial numbers must be registered at the time of reimbursement.

Fall 2020 – Innovation Grants Application

Great teachers are always looking for ways to explore and create innovative instruction to engage their students. Incorporating creative, original, or out-of-the-box methods or practices in the classroom is important – but it can be expensive. So SchoolForce introduced the Innovation Grants program where BRSSD teachers can apply for grants that will enhance learning.

2019 - CENTRAL

Your donation to SchoolForce helps support innovation at Central. This fall, 16 Central teachers received grants totaling over $8,400. Congratulations to this year’s Central grant recipients:

  • Luke Barnes, Music Teacher: SmartMusic
  • Laura Better, 4th Grade Teacher: BreakoutEDU Escape Room Kits
  • Gina Bruno, 2nd Grade Teacher: Flexible Seating
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music Teacher: New String Method Pilot
  • Cheryl Fong, 4th Grade Teacher: Simple Machines STEM Kits
  • Jennifer Gray, 4th/5th Grade Teacher: Simple Machines Sets and Flexible Seating
  • Michelle Green, Kindergarten Teacher: Flexible Floor Seating
  • Molly Johnson, 3rd Grade Teacher: Math/Science Integration
  • Nannette Mahar, Library Media Specialist: Playaway Audio Books for the Library
  • Sheridan Reyes, 2nd Grade Teacher: Innovation/Tinkering Kits
  • Laura Seawell, Kerry Schroeder, Tricia Soulette, 1st Grade Teachers: Flexible Seating and Collaborative Workspace
  • Kerry Schroeder, 1st Grade Teacher: STEAM Innovation Materials
  • Candace Temer, 2nd Grade Teacher: STEM Building Materials
  • Jennifer Virnich, Science Specialist: STEM Materials for New Science Curriculum
  • Kate Williams, Mental Health Therapist: Mental Health Outreach

2019 - CIPRIANI

Your donation to SchoolForce helps support innovation at Cipriani. This fall, 25 Cipriani teachers received grants totaling over $16,500. Congratulations to this year’s Cipriani grant recipients:

  • Luke Barnes, Music Teacher: SmartMusic
  • Beth Boldt, Julie Oeser, Juliet Taylor, Megan Byerly, Student Services Team: Ability Awareness Library
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music Teacher: New String Method Pilot
  • Tiffany Durand, Alison Beltramo, Kim Suydam, 1st Grade Teachers: Tablets for Intervention Groups
  • Pamela Miller, Bre Duncan, 5th Grade Teachers: Social Justice and Diverse Book
  • Stefanie Nasir, Kim Donoho, Jeri Crook, 2nd Grade Teachers: Guided Math Kits
  • Gwendolyn Rehling, Julie Levonian, Juliet Taylor, Julie Oeser, Beth Boldt, Intervention Team: Software and Tablets for Tier 2 Intervention
  • Emily Rich, Science Specialist: Science Materials & Flexible Seating
  • Diane Sexton, TK Teacher: TK Foundational STEAM Materials
  • Chris Suydam, Sean Nakamura, Jana Coyle, 4th Grade Teachers: Book Clubs
  • Kristen Walls, Tia Cilia, Ann Snelling, Kindergarten Teachers: ESGI Assessment Software
  • Kate Williams, Mental Health Therapist: Mental Health Outreach

2019 - FOX

Your donation to SchoolForce helps support innovation at Fox. This fall, 15 Fox teachers received grants totaling over $6,500. Congratulations to this year’s Fox grant recipients:

  • Luke Barnes, Music Teacher: SmartMusic
  • Karen Bowman, 2nd Grade Teacher: STEM Bins
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music Teacher: New String Method Pilot
  • Jennifer Duffy & Paul Garritson, 2nd Grade Teachers: Headphones
  • Susan Hall, 3rd Grade Teacher: Movement and Thinking for Social Emotional Learning
  • Arianna Hernandez, 4th Grade Teacher: Flexible Seating and Library
  • Carol Raisner, Teresa Thompson, Bart Leaver, 1st Grade Teachers: STEAM and Art Materials
  • Nina Reyes, 4th Grade Teacher & Toni Strickland, Kindergarten Teacher: Flexible Seating
  • Courtnie Roache, Education Specialist: International Dyslexia Association Annual 2019 Conference
  • Anne Strehlow, Science Specialist: Space Science Design Challenges
  • Kate Williams, Mental Health Therapist: Mental Health Outreach

2019 - NESBIT

Your donation to SchoolForce helps support innovation at Nesbit. This fall, 37 Nesbit teachers received grants totaling over $18,000. Congratulations to this year’s Nesbit grant recipients:

  • Luke Barnes, Music Teacher: SmartMusic
  • Sean Chizek, 8th Grade Teacher: Sustainability Class
  • Cassandra de Wood, Science Specialist: High Tech Cameras
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music Teacher: New String Method Pilot
  • Christine Dewart, Kindergarten Teacher: STEM-based Imaginative Play & Classroom Organization
  • Amira Escherich & Ashley Johnson, 5th Grade Teachers, Meghan Ghassemzadeh & Stephanie McMaster, Reading/ELD Specialists, Lyneen Moyer, Kindergarten Teacher, Jamela Shaban, 4th Grade Teacher: Flexible Seating
  • Carolyn Fogarty, Reading Intervention: Wobble Chairs
  • Mark Fox, 4th Grade Teacher: Bringing Young Authors' Stories to Life
  • Katie Hunter, Julie Kailath, 7th Grade Teachers: Book Clubs
  • Christine Jones, Education Specialist - LC: Headphones
  • Katie Lu, Kindergarten Teacher: Flexible Seating and Exploration Supplies
  • Paula Mancillas, Psychologist and Julia Evans, Occupational Therapist: Sensory Supports and Structured Activity Materials
  • Chandra McKeon, Middle School Teacher: STEM Design Challenge Kits
  • Valerie Messina, Tara Russell, Jeannette Martinez, Tripta Joshi, 3rd Grade Teachers: Science/Math Field Trip
  • Robin Pang-Maganaris, Principal: PBIS Rewards for Teachers
  • Michelle Rothe, Kindergarten Teacher: Hands-on Science Materials
  • Taylor Ruhland, Cathy Funghi, Debra Wilson, Najlaa Qattawi, 2nd Grade Teachers: CuriOdyssey Wildlife Program
  • Tara Russell, 3rd Grade Teacher: Flexible Seating and Multicultural Books
  • Marla Soares, 4th Grade Teacher: Gold Rush Experience
  • Kyle Ting, 6th Grade Teacher: STEM Board Games & Manipulatives
  • Jennifer Virnich, Science Specialist: STEM Materials for New Science Curriculum
  • Travis Whitebread, Assistant Principal: Student Council and 6th-8th PBIS Store
  • Kate Williams, Mental Health Therapist: Mental Health Outreach
  • Tristan Young & Jamie Sison, 1st Grade Teachers: California Academy of Sciences Field Trip

2019 - RALSTON

Your donation to SchoolForce helps support innovation at Ralston. This fall, 11 Ralston teachers received grants totaling ~ $5,300. Congratulations to this year’s Ralston grant recipients:

  • Alan Bean, Jessica Ross, 8th Grade ELA Teachers: Lord of the Flies Design Unit and Cultivating Communication Through the Performing Arts
  • Alan Blanding, Special Day Class Teacher: Maker Material Production Center
  • Jonathan Chaidez, Guitar and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher: New Standard Size Guitars and Bass
  • David Pickett, 6th Grade ELA Teacher: FYI Project
  • Fleur Uptegraft, Noelle Houle: Student Career Awareness (FYI Project)
  • Michael Snyder, 7th Grade Science Teacher: Science Career Speakers (FYI Project)
  • Heather Staniszewski, 6th and 7th Grade Math Teacher: Breakout EDU for Hands-on Math ("Escaping" Mundane Lessons!)
  • Susan Welter, 6th Grade Science Teacher: Plant Reproduction and Adaptation
  • Kate Williams, Mental Health Therapist: Mental Health Outreach

2019 - REDWOOD SHORES

Your donation to SchoolForce helps support innovation at Redwood Shores. This fall, 23 RWSE teachers received grants totaling $14,500. Congratulations to this year’s RWSE grant recipients:

  • Karrie Amsler, Principal: Stand-Up Desks and Incentives
  • Luke Barnes, Music Teacher: SmartMusic
  • Lisa Bleeker, 5th Grade Teacher: Book Clubs and Flexible Seating
  • Megan Byerly, Behavior Analyst: Individualized Verbal Behavior Box Materials
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music Teacher: New String Method Pilot
  • Jillian Hansell, 2nd Grade Teacher & Alison Williams, Emily Becker, Nadia Moskaluk, Kindergarten Teachers: Flexible Seating
  • Juliana Hsu, Robin Silk, Alyssa Kato, Renee Orsi, Hannah Rosenbladt, Alison Williams, Emily Becker, Nadia Moskaluk, Preschool & Kindergarten Teachers: Handwriting Readiness and Success
  • Lisa Ildefonzo, Caroline Baldonado, Heather Bassett, 1st Grade Teachers: Maker Space Storage & Supplies
  • Rachel Imura, Corie Silva, Beth DeStefani, 4th Grade Teachers: Soft Start Morning Work for Student Engagement
  • Kirsten Ivazes, 5th Grade Teacher: STEAM Materials
  • Emily Rich, Science Specialist: Science Materials & Flexible Seating
  • Kate Williams, Mental Health Therapist: Mental Health Outreach

2019 - SANDPIPER

Your donation to SchoolForce helps support innovation at Sandpiper. This fall, 21 Sandpiper teachers received grants totaling over $12,000. Congratulations to this year’s Sandpiper grant recipients:

  • Luke Barnes, Music Teacher: SmartMusic
  • Nikole Buret, 6th Grade ELA/SS and Digital Media Teacher: Digital Media Supplies
  • Monique Burtschell, 8th Grade Teacher: Environmental Science Projects
  • Jen Chiou, 7th Grade Teacher: Gamification
  • Christopher Della Pietra, Music Teacher: New String Method Pilot
  • Maureen Fitzpatrick, Lana Ferguson, Michele Brenner, Jennifer Schultz, 1st Grade Teachers: Engineering on Wheels
  • Valerie Gow, 8th Grade Science/Math Teacher: Innovative Hands-on Projects and Labs
  • Karen Jhanapin, Margaret Watson, Rebecca Wilson, Kindergarten Teachers: Makedo Kits
  • Kathryn Poeschl, 2nd Grade Teacher: Interactive STEM Bins
  • Kathryn Poeschl, Susan Nicholls, Margaret Young, 2nd Grade Teachers: Chromebooks
  • Jennifer Schultz, 1st Grade Teacher: Social Emotional Learning Books
  • Lisa Sweeney, Science Specialist: Life Science Enrichment Supplies
  • Leslie Tu, 6th Grade Math/Science/Tech Teacher: Flexible Seating
  • Kate Williams, Mental Health Therapist: Mental Health Outreach
  • Rebecca Wilson, Kindergarten Teacher: Flexible Seating and Sensory Items
  • Margaret Young, 2nd Grade Teacher: Classroom Makerspace/STEM

2018 - Central

  • Lunchtime Lounge (LL) program to improve library facilities for student use during the weeks the library is closed.
  • Classroom Wireless microphone system.
  • Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory Instruction Materials – to support kids with learning differences at all elementary grades.
  • iFLY field trip in San Francisco to support the implementation of STEM in a new and exciting way for Mrs Zanotto’s 3rd Grade Class.
  • Flexible Seating in a Classroom Setting for 2nd grade.
  • 2nd Grade STEM materials.
  • National Geographic Mega Construction Engineering Set for Mrs. Gray’s 4th grade classroom
  • Maker Space Consumable Materials for Ms. Better’s 4th grade classroom.
  • STEM Learning kits for Kindergarten.
  • Microscopes and science materials for 1st grade classes
  • Fifth Grade STEM Projects
  • Worm Farming for 4th, 5th science project

2018 – Cipriani

  • STEAM Foundational materials for TK
  • Learning Specialist Lexia Core 5 Personalized Learning Program to support reading
  • 4th and 5th grade science materials
  • STEAM materials for innovation and engineering projects in 3rd grade classrooms.
  • Flexible Seating for 4th grade classrooms

2018 – Fox

  • Flexible Seating for 4th grade
  • Multi-cultural themed books for 2nd grade
  • 4th and 5th grade science materials that integrate an engineering-based design project into each study unit.
  • Music player for morning exercise time for 2nd graders.
  • Flexible seating for Kindergarteners

2018 – Nesbit

  • Book Club Books from Columbia Teacher’s College for 6th Grade.
  • 8th Grade Non-Fiction Books
  • K-1st Grade materials: Egg Incubators, letter sets and magnetic dry-erase boards, materials to support STEM learning.
  • 3-D Printer for Mr. Fox’ 4th grade class
  • First Grade trip to the California Academy of Sciences
  • 6-8th grade science equipment including a water rocket launcher and an infrared thermal camera.
  • 4th Grade math workshop games
  • STEM Activities for Kindergarten.
  • Speech Pathologist iPad for Tk-7thth grade students.
  • Spech Pathologist Visualizing and Verbalizing Training, Lindamood Bell
  • 5th Grade Hamilton Theater production
  • Worm Farming for 4th, 5th science project

2018 – Ralston

  • Old School Animation Kit for Mr. Pomeroy.
  • Theraputic Support Services materials
  • NSTA conference for Ms. Gow
  • Ms. Tajima’s Building Multi-Cultural Awareness materials for 6th and 7th grades.
  • Frog Dissection Materials for 6th grade science classes.
  • Flexible seating for Ms. Ross classroom
  • Student Career Awareness Program for Ms. Ross, Mr. Snyder
  • Code Combat pilot program for computer programming, Ms. Sveda
  • Science: Heredity curriculum, Ms. Welter
  • Math 6th and 7th teachers: Mistake Game materials

2018 – Redwood Shores Elementary

  • Preschool physical education curriculum materials
  • Maker space materials for Ms. Bleeker’s 3rd grade classroom
  • Flexible Seating and Breakout EDU curriculum for Ms. Cobb’s 5th grade classroom.
  • Flexible seating for Ms. Cobb’s 2nd grade classroom
  • STEAM supplies for Ms. Baldonado’s 1st grade classroom
  • Flexible Seating and Collaborative Learning Spaces for 4th grade
  • Flex seating for 5th and 3rd grade classroom
  • Mini iPad for TK instruction
  • Speech/Language Pathology Materials

2018 – Sandpiper

  • Technology to support new Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project for 1st grades.
  • Mini iPads for Kindergarten
  • Color Printer for Learning Center
  • 6th and 7th Grade History Fair materials
  • Mini iPads for 2nd grade classroom
  • Books for 1st grade social and emotional learning
  • 6th Grade “One World” Conversation program with Ms. Burtschell
  • 6th and 7th Grade Yoga and Mindfulness in PE
  • Science Specialist Sheep Heart Dissection project.
  • STEAM Materials 2nd, 4th and 5th Grades
  • Science materials 6th and 7th grades
  • Kindergarten STEM materials
  • 6th Grade Future Space class by Mr. MacArthur

Approved Hardware – District Tech Recommendations

A list of district approved monitors, chairs, mouse, keyboards, etc. can be found here:
District Tech Recommendations