The Dr. Mike Caston Innovation Awards


The late Dr. Michael W. Caston founded the Escondido Education Foundation in 2004 and was recognized as California Superintendent of the Year in 2006.
EEF salutes his visionary leadership, which put the Escondido Union School District on a path to develop the kind of strong community support that every strong public school district needs to succeed.

Thousands of students and teachers benefit from the Dr. Mike Caston Innovation Awards every year.


Three levels of grants enable teachers and schools to deliver serious impacts for students
  • $5,000 school-wide projects
  • $2,500 for team projects (2 or more teachers)
  • $500 for classroom projects (1 teacher)
The Foundation's  vision is to grow the number of grants so that eventually all EUSD schools may carry out a major innovative project especially designed for its own school community each year.

Since 2005, the Foundation has funded over 265 EUSD Innovation Awards projects more than $130,000 with dollars EEF raised through individual donations, grants and events. Applicable for any grade and any subject, grants have gone to teachers in all 23 schools over the years


2013-14 Highlight  Here are photos of the evening

2012-13 Highlight
Check out Mission Middle School's winning $5,000 project, Art for All, here.

2011-12 Highlight Rose Elementary School won the $5,000 grant for a thriving program in which parents study English using Rosetta Stone software, multiple times per week. Community volunteers, moms and dads dedicate hundreds of hours with great results for Rose students and the Rose School community.

Here are some great photos from the Presentation of the
2012-13 Innovation Awards





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