Building on a Successful Foundation with San Francisco's Schools and Students
As part of its multi-year partnership with SFUSD and Mayor Lee,Salesforce.org will donate $6 million to San Francisco schools in the 2016-2017 school year to:
- Continue the Principal's Innovation Fund—granting $100,000 to principals at all 21 middle grade schools in SFUSD to use as they wish, based on the schools' needs
- Hire 10 additional math teachers and coaches and expand computer science instruction in all middle grade schools
- Provide assistive technology for special education students through SFUSD's Assistive Technology Innovation Center (ATIC)
Through the partnership, SFUSD became the first school district nationwide to establish a computer science curriculum for all grades. The district has been able to hire 19 full-time coaches and teachers for math and technology instruction, reducing class sizes for eighth grade math from an average of 33 to 24 students per class. Eighth grade students benefiting from reduced class sizes increased their grade point averages from 2.85 in the 2014-2015 school year to 3.05 in the 2015-2016 school year.
New Partnership with OUSD to Expand Computer Science
Salesforce.org is also announcing a partnership with OUSD, donating $2.5 million to improve computer science education in the district. The funding will be used to:
- Pilot the Principal's Innovation Fund at six middle schools in OUSD
- Increase STEM programming to develop robust career pathways and increase the number of African-American and Latinos in STEM fields
- Provide increased support for teaching mathematics
- Launch Future Centers to expand students' college and career awareness through campus events, college tours, college and career fairs and job shadowing opportunities
Salesforce Circles 45 Schools Globally
In 2015, Salesforce partnered with sf.citi and Circle the Schools to adopt 20 schools in San Francisco. Since then, more than 1,200 Salesforce employees have dedicated thousands of volunteer hours across 20 San Francisco school campuses. This year, with the help of sf.citi, Salesforce will expand Circle the Schools internationally and plans to adopt 20 in San Francisco, six in Oakland, and an additional 19 schools around the world. Each school will be matched with a Salesforce executive and a team of employees who will participate in volunteer activities throughout the year.
Salesforce.org is based on a simple idea: leverage Salesforce's technology, people and resources to improve communities around the world. We call this integrated philanthropic approach the 1-1-1 model. Since 1999, Salesforce technology has powered more than 29,000 nonprofit and education institutions; Salesforce and its philanthropic entities have provided more than $128 million in grants; and Salesforce employees have logged more than 1.6 million volunteer hours throughout the world. For more information on Salesforce.org, please visit www.salesforce.org.
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About Circle the Schools
Circle the Schools is an initiative created by sf.citi in partnership with SFUSD and the San Francisco Education Fund, allowing local companies to adopt schools and develop relationships with Principals. Employees engage in volunteer activities planned around literacy at the Elementary School level, STEM in middle schools, and college and career readiness for high school students. The goal is to have all 100 eligible schools Circled and use this initiative to amplify the School District's Vision 2025 plan.
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