Grants and Awards

Fall SDCUE Mini Grant October 15, 2018 -  December 1, 2018

Four $500 Donors Choose Gift Cards Mini-Grants


This year, we’re doing something a little different that we hope will have a lasting impact in your classroom and/or campus. We are asking that all teachers submit their mini-grant proposal by creating a DonorsChoose Project.

Four mini grant winners receive a $500 Donors Choose Gift Card toward their student-centered project. Depending on the project, the donation could be matched by bigger corporations.

By encouraging our SDCUE members to create a Donors Choose project, the chances of getting a project funded are higher.  Whether or not you are selected to receive the $500 Donors Choose Gift Card from SDCUE, it’s a win/win situation if others fund your project as well. In addition, you can aim for the sky and fund a project larger than our grant amount!

Ready to apply? Here's what you need to do:


  • Log on to Donors Choose

  • Click on “Learn how to get funded

  • Write a short story that addresses the following two categories

    • Your Students: Sharing a story of your students, who they are, their biggest need.

    • Your Project:  Sharing how your project will bring about the best learning experiences to support the biggest needs in your classroom/campus.

  • Read the rubric to see how projects will be scored to maximize your odds of winning.

  • Submit a link of your project to SDCUE as well as proof of current CUE membership.

Click here to access the submission form

Submissions are due by December 1, 2018

** All applicants must be current members of SDCUE **


From Donors Choose

  • Request Your Items: Get everything you need to be the teacher you want to be — all in one place.

  • Get Funded: Your friends and family lend a hand; our community of donors takes care of the rest.

  • Receive the Goods: We order everything for you and ship it straight to your school. Hello, packages!


Questions? Email crestrepo@sdcue.org

Innovative Educator and TOSA of the Year 

Each year, the Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF) presents awards to innovative educators and programs in San Diego. As part of the CFF awards, SDCUE is proud to sponsor the Innovative Educator award to recognize excellence in innovation to an SDCUE member. Winners receive a $1,000 stipend,registration for 5 to the SDCUE Tech Fair, and are honored at the annual Classroom of the Future Foundation dinner and awards event in May.

Christine Dixon, our Innovative TOSA for 2018:

Charity Shepard, our Innovative Educator for 2018:

As a teacher, I want my students to be reminded of the characteristics that make us human and the skills that computers are lacking. If our children walk around all day connected to technology, how will they stop and see what is happening in this world? How can they truly feel compassion for those within their community? Questions like these led me down the path of challenging my students to begin understanding and connecting with people in need within our community, on a deeper level. I hoped doing this would allow my students to see they could make a change. As I delved into ideas and ways to make this work, I began to make connections and find ways to adjust my curriculum in order to add what I believe is a a key aspect (humanism) into my students’ daily routine. I now realize this is not just a one-time “project”, it is a passion. It is a way to “think differently” and remind students what it means to be human. My inspiration comes from the potential success of my students in the future, not only in school, but also in life. I believe that providing community-centered learning projects, which allow students to connect with what makes them human, will lead to their future success. If I can be remembered as the teacher who inspired each student to look at the world around them and know that they can make a difference, then I will have “taught to my objective.”

Join us to celebrate their innovative spirit, as well as the innovations of programs throughout the county.




SDCUE's 2017 Mini Grant Award Winners:


Exploring Renewable Energy in Upper Elementary


Name: Kelli Mocny

School: Foussat Elementary

District: Oceanside Unified School District


Project Overview:

Students in grades 3-5 study wind, weather, solar energy, circuits and electricity.  This project will expose students to the resources of renewable energy.  Students will design and build objects that perform using renewable energy (solar, wind, water, etc).  They will research their renewable energy source, use K'NEX materials, work in collaborative groups to create their designs, and present their evaluation of their scientific and design principles in action.


More Than a Bit of Coding


Name: Laurie Anastasio

School: San Elijo Elementary

District: San Marcos Unified


Project Overview:

Micro:Bits are tiny, programmable computers that can be used for all sorts of projects. Micro:bits, plus some additional modules. will be used to expand coding. The weather station module with soil moisture sensors will provide students opportunities to conduct science experiments with Micro:bits.






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