What are the Impact II Awards?
In 1993, Ventura County began partnering with local organizations to recognize innovative and creative educators. Today, with the support of local organizations more than $400,000 has been awarded to approximately 1,000 Ventura County Educators for innovative and creative curriculum.
Each year approximately 30 Ventura County educators, in grades K-12, submit innovative curriculum that is judged by a team of fellow educators and representatives from the business community.
Approximately 20 of the top curriculum submissions are awarded funds to continue their innovative curriculum practices. The curriculum that has been selected for awards is then placed on the web to be shared with all educators.
The purpose of IMPACT II is to spread excellent teaching ideas throughout our county. Recognizing innovative teachers at the awards dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the true heroes and heroines in our communities. Over the years Ventura County IMPACT II has matured into the program that we envisioned at its inception. Business leaders, teachers, and administrators are becoming aware of the program and are participating in unprecedented numbers.
IMPACT II puts cutting edge classroom projects into the mainstream, turning students on to learning. IMPACT II enables excellent teaching ideas to reach all teachers in the county, and raises community awareness of exemplary classroom practices. IMPACT II boosts teacher morale by recognizing innovative teaching.