videos from teachers who participated in the Pacific Teacher
Innovation Network (PacTIN). The teachers recount what they
learned and how their students benefitted.
Background on PacTIN
Beginning in 2009, the California Postsecondary Education
Commission (now housed at the State Department of Education)
provided funding to the School of Education to offer small
teacher teams with small grants to design their own professional
development. The program was administered and managed by REEd (formerly known as
the CRESS Center).
Eventually, PacTIN supported 48 teams of three to five teachers
along California’s Pacific Coast (representing 20 counties
between Del Norte and Ventura Counties) over a two- to
three-year period as they developed and implemented creative and
innovative approaches to engaging and motivating students.
Recognizing that many outstanding teachers in California’s
schools have creative and innovative ideas for enriching teaching
and learning in their classrooms and schools, the goal of PacTIN
was to provide classroom teachers with “seed monies” for making
their ideas a reality. The program encouraged an entrepreneurial
spirit by granting the teachers their own resources (up to
$30,000 per team) and held them responsible for planning their
own professional development and for translating new knowledge
and skills into classroom practice and student learning in the
A team of educational partners, including the UC Davis School of
Education CRESS Center, Humboldt Science and Mathematics Center,
the School of Education at Humboldt State University, and Parajo
Valley Unified School District, provide project leadership.