Superintendent’s Innovation Fellowship
Since 2018, the Superintendent’s Innovation Fellowship (SIF) was supported by the Someland Foundation which provided grant funds to support two projects: 1) classroom re-designs that will serve as a model for implementing the skills envisioned in the Graduate Profile and 2) the beginning of SFUSD’s work towards building a coherent instructional vision around Deeper Learning with the development of instructional resources, grade level websites, and staff training.
2022-23 Instructional Coherence
In 2022-23, the third year of SIF, the iLab, in partnership with C&I, expanded our focus to SFUSD’s vision of instructional coherence and corresponding curriculum resources and guidance for teachers through a Deeper Learning framework for all disciplines and generally (new teacher support, pedagogical support, instructional minutes and schedules, engaging families, building classroom community, etc.). The instructional guides are organized by the core instructional indicators of Culture of Learning, Essential Content, Academic Ownership, and Demonstration of Learning. SFUSD’s vision is to ensure every student experiences instruction grounded in the pedagogy and practices of Deeper Learning so that on any given day, in every single classroom, each student is engaged, (as evidenced by the SFUSD Core Instruction Rubric), in the lesson from start to finish, demonstrating a sense of belonging, learning content appropriate for their grade level and subject area, responsible for doing the thinking in the classroom, and able to demonstrate their learning.
2018-2023 Superintendent's Innovation Fellowship
The Superintendent’s Innovation Fellowship has focused on supporting 21st Century teaching including project-based learning and personalized learning by engaging students and teachers in a design process to realize their ideal classroom environments. By engaging in a student and teacher-centered design process, the 7 SIF schools redesigned their learning environments to directly address the learning needs of their students. These re-designed spaces have more flexible uses, foster student projects and collaboration, and are more inclusive and accessible to a variety of learners. Over the course of 4 years, 7 schools and 27 classrooms were redesigned. In addition, 16 classrooms received redesign microgrants, and, in 2022-23, 5 special education classrooms received microgrants.
SIF- San Francisco Community School
SIF- Hillcrest Elementary School
SIF- Abraham Lincoln High School
John Muir Elementary School
SIF Case Study 2019-23
2020-2023 Cohort 2
Abraham Lincoln High School
Hillcrest Elementary School
John Muir Elementary School
San Francisco Community School
2018-2020 Cohort 1
Space Redesign Resources
Liberatory Design: Discover Phase
Teachers engaged in student empathy work to learn about their students' needs and wants in an ideal learning environment.
Liberatory Design: Define Phase
Teachers made meaning of student learnings and identified specific key insights and opportunity areas to pursue.
Liberatory Design: Develop Phase
Teachers created environmental design concepts and floor plans in conjunction with experts to meet the needs of their students and create innovative spaces.
Liberatory Design: Deliver Phase
Teachers along with iLab team implemented the newly designed classrooms!
This page was last updated on August 21, 2023