Equitable Innovation Grant WinnersTeachers of the Year 2020
GLA will sponsor 30 projects in total from 20 school districts. These projects will reach more than 12,000 students, ranging from intimate interventions for 12 special needs students to centralized training for district departments that will ultimately reach more than 3,000 students. Ten of the projects were developed by teams of two to three educators; 20 were from individuals.
Congratulations to this year’s grantees!
Aditi Doshi & Ariella Kirschbaum, High Tech LA
Training 40 students through the California Council for Equality and Justice (CCEJ). High Tech LA’s Anti-Racism and Girls group leaders will receive social justice leadership to provide peer-to-peer training.
Alicia Tito, Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy
Self-care boxes for students chronicling their experiences through the pandemic.
Anie Cherchiian, Bell Gardens High School
Creating a digital choral performance called “Inspire”.
Ann Kim, Wilson Elementary School
Providing targeted literacy and new digital texts for 2nd grade students.
Christy Neria, South Hills High School
Providing graphic novelizations of classic stories for deaf students.
Cindy Villegas, Manzanita Elementary School
Providing Boom Cards to support student-teacher feedback loop.
Deanna Tayag, KIPP Comienza Community Prep
Launching a journalism club for middle school students to support civic engagement and personal advocacy.
Deserie Bradvica, Ramona Elementary School
Providing materials for remote learning called “At-Home Scientists”.
Dori Greif, Stevenson Ranch Elementary and Wiley Canyon Elementary
Providing digital phonics program for special education students, some of whom are English Learners.
Doug Lee, Lorbeer Middle School
Purchasing additional video production tools to improve zoom lessons and build content for a library of instructional youtube content.
Elizabeth Suarez, Cristina Rodriguez, and Cecilia Martinez, Magnolia Science Academy
Purchasing Air-Pen Scanners to help transfer physical text to digital and ease translation for English Learners.
Erica Palmieri and Heather Laker, Ranchito Elementary School
Providing take-home kits for early learners with art supplies and other manipulatives for use during Zoom lessons.
Frania Rodriguez, Don Benito Fundamental
Take home “learning goals” kits to meet the individual needs of students receiving special education supports .
Jacqueline Asbury and Clarissa Torres, Escalona Elementary School
Access to a digital curriculum to support students on the Autism Spectrum.
Jeffrey L. Charroux, Pacific Boulevard School
Digitally recording percussion instruments played by special education students and compiled for a school performance.
Julie McGough, Anna Kwak, and Stephen Bisuano, Azusa Unified School District
Providing training on platforms including whiteboard.fi, Desmos, and Peardeck to support math instruction and address learning loss.
Juliette Roberts, Gladstone High School
Purchasing writing tablets for students to support math instruction.
Karina Hartl, Sylvia Villasenor, and Alexandria Patton, Carmela Elementary School
Launching a reward program allowing students to purchase culturally relevant books with credits they earn through good behavior.
Laura Camarena, Slauson Middle School
Providing mirror-cameras for 7th-grade students allowing them to project their work more easily for teacher feedback.
Maria Mauna, Greg Perez, and Candace Orozco, Santana High School
Team developing an interactive, remote cooking class for students to support wellness and community connection.
Marilyn Cortez, Schurr High School
Building student-designed hand sanitizing stations to support a safe reopening.
Maya Caldwell and Mahvel Zuvala, Sunset Elementary School
Providing hands-on learning tools for students at home to support math instruction.
Melissa Minahan, Lewis Elementary School
Purchasing digital and physical copies of culturally relevant texts to support literacy and facilitate engagement with social justice issues.
Natalie Kacou, Lewis Elementary School
Sending copies of books and literacy tools to student homes to support remote literacy coaching.
Nicole Chun, Michelle Van Ornum, and Alexa Lepp, Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District
Developing a Maker Lab, with a 3D printer and additional technology to support students through design challenges focused on community engagement.
Nora Eskew and Stephanie Salcido, La Primaria Elementary School
Athletic supplies (yoga mats, juggling bean bags) for at-home physical education.
Philip Heng, Derek Ong, and Joshua Zeeman, Monrovia High School
Purchasing the KAMI curriculum, and supporting professional development across the district for implementation.
Rosemarie Evans, Eliot Arts Magnet Academy
Developing therapeutic space for students with special needs to support their transition back from distance learning.
Veronica Roldan and Mercy Plascencia, Park School
Providing take-home maker kits for 3rd graders.
Wendy Giang, Norma Coombs Elementary School
To purchase individualized materials to create an environment where students can explore safely and at their developmental level.
This opportunity is possible because of the Flora L. Thornton Family Foundation and the generous support from these partners.