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Pacific Coast Teacher Innovation Network

Pac TIN Projects

  • Del Norte County
    Del Norte Unified School District
    Sunset Continuation High School

    Simply put, we are a continuation high school with 80 to 100 students, two acres of second growth redwood forest on our campus, a challenge course facilitator training station in that forest and a stalled plan with our County to build a premiere challenge course at a 10 acre local county park located a quarter mile from our campus. Our vision is to train our staff and students to add to the local ropes course; create an interpretive walk identifying local flora and fauna; create a mountain bike training station; add to our culinary arts program with a client lunch program using locally grown native foods; and include an arts component featuring native flora and fauna. All of this will be done using students and staff for construction and operation. We have the facilities and staff; we need funding for staff development, materials, student instruction and hopefully on going maintenance costs. We also may be able to utilize the Cowell Foundation as an additional partner. The completed project will be a unique experiential learning site, where our teaching staff will take the skills learned through various professional development programs and teach these skills to our high school students. Our high school students will in turn serve as facilitators and guides for our district's larger student population at selected grade levels.

  • Del Norte County
    Del Norte County Unified
    Del Norte High School

    The Google Apps Integration Project is designed to bring the collaborative power of Google Apps into Del Norte High School (DNHS) as we work to increase teacher technology implementation skills and improve 21st century skills in our students. The project team will be trained as Google Certified Teachers and work as trainers and coaches to the staff at Del Norte High School and the district as we implement Google Apps into the curriculum. Google Apps is a suite of online, cloud-based applications including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Presentation, Google Spreadsheets and Google Calendar that improve collaboration and productivity in the classroom. The project team will use their knowledge as they work with colleagues to create a matrix of 21st century and technology skills to be used as a framework for a graduation requirement. The project will provide needed technology and collaboration tools for staff and students as we evolve into 21st century education. Between Spring of 2011 and 2013 team members will receive training and certification in the use of Google Apps. Core team members will then act as trainers and coaches to staff at DNHS and ultimately district wide. In the fall of 2011 core members and DNHS staff will create a matrix of 21st century skills and student activities to meet these skills. As a result of the project all students will graduate with a digital portfolio, which demonstrates their 21st century skill proficiency. Using Google Apps , a suite of cloud-based technologies, is an innovative step in the education of our students. We plan to bring collaborative computing technologies to our students and provide them with current skills needed to succeed in college and career as they prepare to enter work in the digital age.

  • Humboldt County
    Orick School District

    The Orick teaching staff seeks to work with students to produce writings about the Orick area. These writings will then be made into multimedia presentations suitable for public viewing. The program’s goals are to improve student writing and promote the Orick community. The Orick team seeks to pull together a number of stakeholders in the community for this project including, the business community, Redwood National Park, the Orick Chamber of Commerce and private citizens. Much of the media will be about the outdoors in Orick as part of Orick School’s outdoor education program. Once the media are created, the team will upload the data to hand-held multimedia units viewable by the public as a way of promoting Orick in the greater community. There is a two-fold need for this project. First, students and staff must work together to improve student writing. The PacTIN team feels strongly that creating a real-world opportunity for student work will increase motivation in students. Secondly, the Orick community needs to redefine its role in a post resource-consumption economy. As the last mill shuts its doors Orick needs to reinvent itself as the southern gateway to Redwood National Park. These multimedia projects will focus stakeholders on our important resources and the larger community on what Orick can offer. The Redwood Writing Project is providing professional development for this project from writing workshops to computer media training. Workshops will be tailored to the needs of students and staff.
    This project is innovative because it utilizes multimedia rather than simple print materials as a final product. This allows for much greater student voice and a sense of place. Team members are in a unique position to use Orick School’s outdoor focus to showcase our area to the greater community.

  • Humboldt County
    Northern Humboldt Union High School District
    Six Rivers Charter High School

    The Write the World: Authentic Classroom Connections through Cross-Cultural Fluency Project addresses how teachers at Six Rivers Charter High School, a charter school in the Northern Humboldt Union High School District, will develop, implement, assess, and disseminate a project of professional development called Cross-cultural Fluency ("CCF"). CCF is a project that includes an interrelated unit of study of writing across the curriculum for secondary students that requires staff development in teaching discourse on Internet genres with remote peer audiences in cultures of the world. Teachers of several disciplines and of expertise in Special Education will collaboratively develop and expand upon current efforts at SRCHS to enhance multi-cultural awareness. CCF motivates students to improve and practice writing strategies, while enhancing cultural understanding through relationships developed with students abroad. The Six Rivers project of CCF is multi-organizational effort that triangulates the contributions of host school, the thirty-five year old Redwood Writing Project, a flagship satellite of the UC Bay Area Writing Project, the Redwood Council of teachers of English, and Humboldt State University.

  • Humboldt County
    Stanwood A. Murhpy
    Scotia Elementary

    Scotia School teachers in grades 5-8 seek support to develop an innovative physical education and health program that links physical activity and health topics to the core curriculum subjects of language arts, science, mathematics, and history/social studies. The project is based in part on the need to reduce childhood obesity for elementary school students at risk for developing heart disease, type-2 diabetes and other serious conditions stemming from being overweight. The project will develop and implement physically active academic lessons that utilize movement in the review of teaching core academic content. In some cases these lessons will be modeled on traditional games and activities (e.g., tag, relays, fitness exercises), while others will be wholly novel. In health education teachers will use topics such as nutrition to help reinforce basic science concepts. In English language arts and history and social science 5-8 students will use topics from physical education and health for the focus of their work. For example, students will write personal goals for diet and exercise in English language arts lessons. In history and social studies students will examine lifestyles in the United States in 1850 compared to today with regard to physical activity. The current emphasis on the core curriculum and high stakes standardized testing has limited the amount of time teachers are willing to devote to child health’s issues such as physical activity and nutrition. Therefore the proposed project offers an economical approach to improve children’s health and academic performance. The project will help to implement the Scotia School Wellness Policy that was established in 2009 and make changes in the school day to promote increased physical activity and healthy eating. The teachers will emphasize the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle by promoting involvement in community sports and recreation activities.

  • Humboldt County
    Norther Humboldt Union
    Laurel Tree Learning Center

    This project focuses on the forward looking principles of permaculture and sustainability as underlying themes for curriculum development at Laurel Tree Learning Center, a charter school in rural Northern California. Teachers will attend trainings and seminars focusing on permaculture and gardening, and learn how to integrate these into their existing curriculum. Trainings will focus on meeting state standards while providing hands-on education to a diverse student population of Kindergarten through twelfth grade students. By focusing on a school-wide curriculum of sustainability practices, students will gain competency in academic areas as well as skills in gardening, construction, energy generation, cooking, business management, and community building. These principles and skills will be interwoven into the school culture, the academic curriculum, and into how students are prepared for college.

  • Mendocino County
    Fortuna Union High School District & Mendocino High School District
    Fortuna High School & Mendocino High School

    This grant will enable us to pursue a new method of teaching our subjects. We all have at risk students that would greatly benefit from having short concise films that demonstrate mathematical concepts and engage the students using relevant issues and problems. Many of these students are struggling to access the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, physical science and other subjects. We would like to pursue professional development growth in video production for the classroom. In all of our districts funds have shriveled to the point that having field trips or other real life, out of classroom experiences is no longer an option. Even though these students would benefit greatly from field trips or other activities, many of them would suffer academically in the classes they would miss during the field trip. We would like to become trained in capturing these real-world examples and bringing them into our classrooms through educational films about pertinent subjects in the local area. We would also like to purchase various equipment and video editing software for producing these educational tools. The local area offers many options to explore in all of our disciplines including bridges and trestles, maritime equipment and vessels, buildings and various manufacturing industries. Additionally we would like to develop a website to post the videos, lessons, projects and resources to have available to share with other teachers.

  • Yolo County
    Woodland Joint Unified School District
    Woodland High School

    During the last five years science scores for Woodland and Pioneer High Schools STAR scores have languished around the middle to upper 600s. Instructors have been trained in the project-based delivery system however they have received little support in a standards based instruction and methodologies on effective student assessment. Our professional development plan is to form a team of teachers who will develop effective assessments using writing prompts. With the help of the Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) the team will participate in training on effective assessment techniques and focus on developing assessment tools that reveal student thinking. The team will also make contact with other science teachers who are using similar techniques of assessment. Not only will the teachers write prompts, they will create useful rubrics that the staff can use to efficiently analyze student understanding. The teacher team will also attend appropriate conferences on assessment (i.e. Assessment Training Institute). In addition, in the second year of the grant, the team will begin conducting workshops at the local level to improve assessment at each school. The classroom project is to create science writing prompts, rubrics and anchor papers for earth science (9th grade), biology, agricultural biology (10th grade), chemistry and agricultural chemistry (11th grade).

  • Yolo County
    Davis Joint Unified School District
    Harper Junior High School

    As underscored by efforts such as the national “Educate to Innovate” STEM programs and the California “Multiple Pathways” initiatives, there is a growing concern regarding the current inadequacies of our educational system to prepare students for viable 21st century careers where strong foundations in science and math will be essential. The problems are particularly acute for students from minority and low SES backgrounds who are caught in the academic “achievement gap.” This proposal seeks to investigate and build upon current educational reform efforts involving new, technology based approaches for contextualized, Project Based Learning (PBL) that promote student engagement and success in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). At present, the majority of initiatives aimed at integrating academic and experiential learning are linked to secondary education. Our team approaches this proposal from the stance that student engagement in contextualized STEM learning experiences must begin at the lower grades. We contend that it is critical to devise approaches to help younger students discover the relevance of math and science and to begin developing critical thinking and creative problem solving skills that will serve as a foundation for success in secondary and post-secondary education. Consequently, the proposed project focuses on the development and dissemination of a technology based, middle school STEM education program. The STEM curriculum emerging from the professional development and subsequent collaborations will be grounded by a constructivist approach to learning. Contextualized learning experiences will be conceived to support students in developing a richer appreciation for math and science by creating opportunities for them to “think like scientists, engineers, architects, designers, programmers.” Because assessment is critical to any curricular innovation, the team will be implementing the application of student digital portfolios for project documentation, presentations of learning and critical on-going reflection to promote engagement and deeper understanding."

  • Yolo County
    Davis Joint Unified School District
    Patwin Elementary School

    Nearly one in four Patwin Elementary students are designated as English Learners (EL), as compared to 12.8% across DJUSD’s nine elementary schools. Nearly two-thirds of Patwin’s 97 English Learners speak one of 10 languages other than Spanish. In response, five teachers are proposing to develop the Patwin Language Collaborative, an online resource providing teachers with clear models of targeted English Language Development (ELD) strategies and instructional techniques. The Professional Development Plan ensures adequate expertise to identify best practices in ELD strategies; record and edit video; design a website; and support teachers who hesitate to utilize ELD strategies. The Plan matches Team Members with a specific role and responsibility based on their existing expertise and their interest in attaining additional professional development. Professional development opportunities in the Plan include: Project Planning and Team Building Trainings; ELD Frontloading Training and Accountability Leadership Institute; Basic and Advanced Website Development Training; Video Editing Training; and California Association of Bilingual Educators Conference (CABE). The work of the Team Members will include four principal elements: 1) Developing research-based language lessons; 2) Video taping teachers delivering lessons; 3) Building a website on which key lessons will be made available in two forms -- as a printable document and as a streaming video; and 4) Training and coaching all Patwin teaches in the use of the LC website.