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QTEA Impact & Innovation Awards

2019 Impact and Innovation Awards applications are available now and due on June 11, 2019

All schools are encouraged to apply for an Impact Award or Innovation Award for next school year. Impact awards allow schools to develop and scale a promising or best practice.  Innovation Awards allow schools to design new solutions to equity challenges preventing students from realizing the Graduate Profile. 

Remember, applications this year are due this spring on June 11th! 

Visit for more information. Feel free to email Julie Kessler at for information on the Innovation Awards and Chris Armentrout at for information on the Impact Awards.




Congratulations to our 2018-19 QTEA Impact and Innovation Award Winners!

For the sixth year, QTEA has provided district schools with over half a million dollars through the Impact and Innovation Awards. These awards have evolved into two very distinct programs which share the common vision of improving equity for SFUSD students


2018 Innovation Awardees


This award is designed to provide resources and guidance to help a school investigate and design a solution to an equity challenge facing the site. Schools do not initiate this process with a solution already in mind, but are provided with the coaching, resources and the expertise of the SFUSD iLab to enable a design process that brings them to an effective solution.


School(s) with link to winning submission

Initial Challenge Statement

Abraham Lincoln High School

At ALHS, being a school of 2100+ students, we have a troubling (infuriating) number of transfer and dropout rates amongst our 9th and 10th grade students of color.

Bret Harte Elementary School

What do we need to do differently so that our African American students transition from dependent to independent learners at the same rate as other students?

Buena Vista Horace Mann

How does gender identity impact the experience of our girls/non-binary students at BVHM?

County Community Schools

Creating programmatic options for high school students who would otherwise drop out and who do not identify college as their primary after high school goal.

Carver Elementary School

To empower African American boys to be resilient in & dedicated to building literacy skills

Francis Scott Key Elementary School

Provide learning spaces and resources that are responsive to the needs of historically underserved students with learning, physical, and social emotional needs.

Herbert Hoover Middle School

James Denman Middle School

Roosevelt Middle School

How might we design learning experiences and leverage 1:1 technology access to ensure all students have multiple ways to engage in learning and have voice & choice in demonstrating learning as part of a community of learners.

John McLaren Early Education School

How might we provide our youngest learners at John McLaren Early Education School with access to arts education?

Jose Ortega Elementary

How are we learning about and thinking about moving students from dependent learners to independent thinkers and learners?   How might we understand and utilize cognitive routines to move, specifically our African American and English Language Learners, from dependent learners to independent thinkers?

Mission High School

The equity dilemma we are focused on, and in fact is one of our key areas of growth that we have self-identified, is around the vision of African American, Latinx, and EL students coming together and engaging with each other joyfully as intellectuals

Sheridan Elementary School

Teach and engage all stakeholders in digital literacy so they feel confident and competent as independent digital learners.

The Academy - SF @ McAteer

Our challenge lies in how we are supporting our African American students to feel connected to our school and how we are specifically and strategically supporting the development of a growth mindset.

Willie L Brown Jr Middle School

The health and wellness of our students is disproportionately impacted by their environment and it interferes with their academic success. We want our students to understand these local and regional environmental issues and be able to advocate for themselves and their community.


2018 Impact Awardees


This award is a much more traditional-style grant. Schools submit ideas, budgets and project plans to demonstrate how they would use funding to support a project or effort at their site. Ideas can range from sending teachers to learn Lesson Study to building leveled libraries to building capacity for inclusive practices.



School(s) with link to winning submission

Project Description


Increase student reading levels and interest through teacher collaboration, community partnerships and engaging, differentiated reading material

John Muir, Hillcrest,
SF Community

Use Lesson Study practices to focus on teaching Math through problem solving


Collaborative partnership with NYU ASD Next program to build capacity in inclusive practices

El Dorado

Summer learning program -Project W.O.R.D.S. - to provide literacy instruction and minimize summer learning loss


Develop year-round English Language Learner academy


Provide space/activities for girls and their allies to explore gender identities, unpack stereotypes, build friendships, and celebrate


Watch the video of our 2018 Impact & Innovation with this link - and thank you to Galileo High School student Aaron De Leon for his donating his exceptional filming and editing skills to our program!