The Salesforce Foundation has announced a $6 million commitment to the San Francisco Unified School District for a multiyear partnership working to expand computer science opportunities in local schools.
The grant, which brings Salesforce's total three-year investment in the SFUSD to nearly $14 million, will enable the district to dramatically increase technology offerings and resources for its students. Among other things, the funds will support a computer science curriculum in SFUSD middle schools; allow the district to expand its Principal's Innovation Fund, which awards grants of $100,000 to principals at twenty-one middle schools; and fund fourteen full-time coaches and teachers to support math and technology instruction in SFUSD middle schools and five full-time staff members to assist teachers and implement curriculum.
In addition, the grant will support a partnership with Zynga.org and Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization that provides resources and expertise to families and schools to harness media and technology for life and learning, to co-host Game Design Workshops and hands-on technology and computer science opportunities for students. The foundation also announced that Salesforce employees plan to volunteer ten thousand hours during the 2015-16 school year and that it will adopt twenty SFUSD schools as part of the Circle the Schools Initiative with the San Francisco Education Fund and sf.citi.
"San Francisco's students deserve access to the very best public education," said Salesforce Foundation president Suzanne DiBianca. "By increasing our financial commitment and doubling our employee volunteer hours, the Salesforce Foundation is dedicated to arming a generation of students with the skills to succeed in today's world."