Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of customer-relationship management software provider Salesforce.com, has announced grants totaling $12.2 million to expand computer science education in Bay Area public schools.
The grants include $7 million to the San Francisco Unified School District to help boost enrollment in computer science courses at the middle and high school levels and to expand the program to twenty-one elementary schools; provide math coaches to improve teaching efficacy and learning outcomes; boost teacher training, support, and retention through a partnership with New York University; and pilot an instructional model, in partnership with New Tech Network, that offers personalized learning. The grant also will provide $100,000 in unrestricted funds to principals at all twenty-one SFUSD middle schools through the Principal's Innovation Fund.
In addition, the Oakland Unified School District was awarded $5.2 million to expand the number of schools with computer science instruction and increase professional development opportunities for computer science teachers; provide students new to the district with academic, career development, and social worker support; provide math coaches and strengthen intervention programs; and increase one-on-one tutoring and classroom services through the Oakland School Volunteers program. Piloted at six middle schools last year, the OUSD Principal's Innovation Fund will be expanded to thirteen schools.
Salesforce also will continue supporting forty-nine schools worldwide that it has adopted through the Circle the Schools initiative, a partnership between sf.citi, SFUSD, and the San Francisco Education Fund. To that end, Salesforce employees across the U.S. have pledged to double their volunteer hours during the 2017-18 school year to forty thousand hours, including fifteen thousand hours in the San Francisco and Oakland districts.
"In the short time OUSD has partnered with Salesforce.org, we have seen a dramatic difference in the outlook of our students," said OUSD superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. "Everything from the middle school Principal's Innovation Fund to an enhanced focus on computer science to the volunteers in our classrooms has enabled our young people to see their futures through a new lens. The life path that some of them are taking may have already shifted because of this important work. We thank Salesforce.org for helping give our students this vision."