Thank a Teacher Campaign
This public call to action seeks to thank San Francisco public school teachers for their professionalism, dedication, and work on behalf of our City's young people. We are trying to mobilize everyone that lives or works in San Francisco to thank a teacher. This year's campaign will culminate in May when we deliver notes of thanks to the teachers in every public school. We will also honor teachers of the year during a home-plate ceremony at a San Francisco Giants Teacher Appreciation game on May 6.
The San Francisco Education Fund, along with Mayor Edwin Lee and Superintendent Richard Carranza, is leading this coalition of community-based organizations, civic groups, businesses, and media partners to promote the 2013 Thank a Teacher Today Campaign.
Why It Matters
Research shows that the single greatest predictor of student achievement is teacher quality. Recruiting and retaining quality teachers remains an ongoing challenge facing San Francisco public schools, especially in lower-performing schools. The quality of public education in our City matters to everyone. This campaign provides a way for all members of the community to participate in honoring teachers and helping to improve student academic achievement.
San Francisco Education Fund
The San Francisco Education Fund is dedicated to increasing the number of San Francisco public school students – in particular those from underserved communities – who graduate ready for college, careers and civic responsibility.
We have several programs and initiatives that support teachers::
- School Volunteers – We recruit, train and place more than 600 community members to volunteer in classroom where teachers have requested help. We always have more requests than we can fill so consider becoming a volunteer! Learn more.
- Innovative Professional Development - Instructional Rounds Instructional rounds pairs SFUSD teachers with professors at San Francisco State University to build the knowledge and skills of the group around an identified problem of practice. The teachers observe each other and provide feedback to strengthen instruction. Learn more.
- Professional Development on Teachers' Terms We partner with Fund for Teachers to award San Francisco PreK-12 teachers with fellowships for self-designed professional growth. Learn more.