Grants and Awards



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.




Congratulations to

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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