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2015 QTEA award winners

QTEA Impact & Innovation Awards

Thank you to all applicants for the 2017-18 Impact and Innovation Awards. The application deadline was September 8, 2017 and the entries are currently under review by our awards panel.

Winning submissions will be announced by October 1, 2017.

2016-2017 Impact and Innovation Awards

Now in its fourth year, the QTEA Impact and Innovation awards continue to showcase the creativity, problem-solving skills and continual cycle of improvement integral to SFUSD schools.

2016-17 Innovation Awards

For the second year, SFUSD has administered the QTEA Innovation Awards to advance our broader commitment to develop SFUSD into an innovative system (Shift #9 in Vision 2025) and capitalize on SFUSD’s iLab as a resource toward that end. As a result, schools were again invited to submit an application for an equity challenge that their school community wants to tackle in an innovative fashion. The winning schools then assembled a diverse team of administrators, staff, parents, and students to engage in a six week design process to conduct empathy and inspiration based research, unearth critical insights, and create new solutions that they will implement to address their unique challenge. This year SFUSD awarded funding and coaching to all 18 schools that applied so they could benefit from the design process. At an inaugural “Pitch Night,” schools presented their solutions for additional funding and support from QTEA and the broader SFUSD community. Winning schools are listed below along with their initial application and the information they presented on Pitch Night:

2016-17 Impact Awards

For 2016-17, 9 schools were awarded Impact Awards ranging in value from $16,000 to $35,834 with the total $232,719 awarded to schools in 2016 .

The Impact awards continue to recognize and support the expansion of practices which have demonstrated impact on student achievement. The funding to each sites will enable them to build and expand on these promising practices. Our winners for 2016-17 are as follows:

2015-2016 Impact and Innovation Awards

For 2015-16, we received 58 applications from more than 30 schools.Our schools continue to demonstrate inguenity and dedication to ensuring an exemplary academic education

2015-16 Impact Awards

The structure for this year's Impact award winners was largely unchanged from the awards process conducted in prior years. This year, we continued to ask applicants to showcase their promising practice and also demonstrate how the school would implement this award. Each applicant was also required to submit a detailed budget before their submission was even considered. Our winners for 2015-16 are as follows (click on the link to see their applications):

2015-16 Innovation Awards

During the first two years of these awards, Innovation awards were granted to promising (but largely untested) projects that showed a reasonable expectation of success. Starting this year, we have restructured the awards to advance our broader efforts to implement an innovative system (Shift #9 in Vision 2025) and capitalize on SFUSD’s new iLab as a resource toward that end. As a result, schools were not asked to submit a promising practice, but rather invited to present an equity challenge that their school community is facing and wants to tackle in an innovative fashion. The winning schools then assembled a site team to engage in a design process (including an iLab bootcamp and followup coaching sessions) in order to create an innovative work plan that addresses their unique challenge. Our winning applicants are currently in the middle of that process; we expect them to finalize their design early in the Spring 2016 semester. Winning schools are listed below (click on their name to see their design challenge):



2014-15 Impact and Innovation Awards

For 2014-15, we received more than 50 applications from more than 30 schools. It was inspiring to see the range of strategies and practices (current and proposed) happening across the city to support our students and community.

This year, the application looked for not only promising practices but also feasibility and ability to successfully implement these practices. Schools were provided a rubric, along with examples of project plans and budgets. The application asked for an overview of the practice(s) a school was pursuing along with an action plan describing how they planned to implement the practice(s). Applications were also asked to to give the amount of funds they needed for implementation.

Our Selection Committee, including members from SFUSD, UESF, UASF and the QTEA Oversight Committee, used a blind review process (all school names were scrubbed from applications) and the same rubric to to review applications. Categories within the rubric included Alignment to District Goals, Feasibility, Likelihood of Success, Understanding of Impact (all categories were weighted evenly). After the review process, 15 Impact & Innovation Award Winners were selected for 2014-15. You can see their winning applications below:

2014-15 Impact & Innovation Award Winners (click to see their applications):

The applications you see do not include the schools' detailed action plans and budgets due to size of the files. We've provided select exemplars below:


2013-14 Impact and Innovation Award Winners

To see details about the 2013-14 Impact & Innovation Award Winners, check out our press release. You can see our 2013-14 top 10 Impact Award and top 10 Innovation Award winners below:

2013-14 Impact Award Winners (click to see their application):

2013-14 Innovation Award Winners (click to see their application):