Salesforce.com has announced grants totaling $18.2 million to schools and education nonprofits in the Bay Area.
Building on long-term partnerships with both, the grants include $8.5 million to the San Francisco Unified School District and $8.7 million to the Oakland Unified School District. SFUSD will use its grant to provide $100,000 in unrestricted funds to all K-8 schools in the district through its Principal's Innovation Fund; offer professional development for computer science teachers in the district; develop a new science curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards; support the Black Star Rising Academy for African-American students starting high school; recruit and train teachers in hard-to-hire subject areas, including science and math; and bolster support for its Middle Grades Redesign Initiative.
The grant to OUSD will support the creation of a mentoring program for principals; professional development opportunities for teachers; pathways for non-teaching staff hoping to obtain permanent teaching credentials; a ramp up of the Newcomer Navigators program, which provides support for unaccompanied immigrant youth, refugees, and asylum seekers; the hiring of new math teacher coaches and a ramp up of Blueprint Schools Network's high-dosage math tutoring program; summer training and professional development for all newly hired computer science teachers; and the development of a program that would enable teachers to earn a computer science supplemental credential.
Salesforce also awarded $500,000 to CORE Districts — a collaboration of urban districts in the state — to help teachers and principals use data to improve student outcomes and pilot program evaluations in San Francisco and Oakland. And an additional $500,000 grant to Blueprint Schools Network will support an expansion of its Math Fellows Program.
"Giving every child an equal opportunity to a world-class education is a critical step to bringing more equality, stability, and growth into our communities, and it cannot be the work of government alone," said Salesforce co-CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block. "Everyone has a role to play — including business — and that's why Salesforce has provided nearly $70 million in funding and forty-five thousand volunteer hours in the San Francisco and Oakland school districts."