May 26, 2021

18th Annual Innovation in Education Awards

Written by the Classroom of the Future Foundation

Get ready for a celebration in honor of local K-12 teachers, students, and education administrators. On September 23, 2021, the Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF) will hold its 18th Annual Innovation in Education Awards at SeaWorld San Diego. This event brings together educators and business leaders to highlight champions of educational innovation in the community, as well as exceptional students pursuing careers in STEM education.




School DistrictPoway Unified School District
School or CharterAdobe Bluffs Elementary School (ABES)
Program NameAdobe Bluff’s Mandarin Programs
Program Description: Adobe Bluffs Elementary School (ABES) cultivates global learners by immersing all students with Chinese culture and providing two ways to learn the Mandarin language. Students engage in the Two-Way Dual Language Chinese Mandarin Immersion Program or the school’s Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) program. Through local and international cultural partnerships and innovative teaching practices, ABES students flourish in a diverse community built around cultural awareness and inclusivity.


School DistrictPoway Unified School District
Program NameCyberAegis Team
Program Description: Inspire students to pursue a career in cybersecurity to secure our nation. Train students to compete in and win county, state, and national cybersecurity competitions. Show students how leadership, teamwork, grit, and determination can be used to achieve goals in life.


School DistrictGrossmont Union High School District
Program NameGUHSD Growing Readers through Gamification Summer Reading Program
Program Description: Amid Spring 2020’s pandemic conditions, GUHSD Teacher Librarians collaborated to create a completely online, gamified, interactive summer reading program open up to all students, teachers, and staff members across our district. At a time when people were physically disconnected and everything was so uncertain, they found a way to build community around literacy and learning in a fun, creative, and wholly new way. Participation was voluntary, during a break, and still people chose to join in.


School DistrictSan Diego County Office of Education
School or CharterJuvenile Court and Community Schools
Program NameCreating our Future Design Jam
Program Description: Our 2nd Creating Our Future Design Jam was the culminating event of a cross-curricular collaboration that guided our students in exploring various topics through the lens of equity. The project included two film festivals of documentaries on environmental justice initiatives to serve as inspiration for our students’ own projects. The design jam was a virtual exhibition to showcase student innovation and critical thinking around a real world problem and ideas for change.

Event Information

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm PT

Location: Seaworld San Diego, 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

Safety: This event is exclusive with a limited number of attendees due to COVID-19 CDC guidelines. CDC guidelines will be followed. We will continue to update our website as we get closer to the event. We expect that masks may be worn during the event and social distancing may take place. We encourage you to become vaccinated.

Tickets: SANDAG Regional Bike Network Updates Webinar link coming soon

Parking: Free at SeaWorld

Agenda (All times Pacific Time)

4:00 pm: Registration and Welcome Reception

6:00 pm: Program with Scholarship Awards, Innovation in Education Awards, Special Awards
7:30 pm: Dessert Reception

For more information about this event, visit the original article or email Jane Sclosberg (