QTEA Impact and Innovation Awards

Innovation Awards

For over a decade, the QTEA Innovation Awards has provided funding for SFUSD schools to bring new practices, ideas and solution that meet the most pressing educational challenges. The iLab has been the vehicle for facilitating this change by building human capacity and providing a toolkit of resources.

Click on the link below to learn more about how the 2023-24 Innovation Awards are supporting our district's  adopted goals, values and guardrails.

Impact Awards

The QTEA Impact Awards are designed to support schools who have already developed a project for which they seek funding.

Schools submit ideas, budgets and project plans to demonstrate how they would use funding to support a project or effort at their site and can secure up to $25,000 for this concept. Prior winning projects have included sending teachers to Japan to learn Lesson Study to building leveled libraries within a school site.

The 23-24 Impact Awards application are now available at this link! If you have a promising idea, please complete the application by Monday, October 2nd.

Congratulations to the 2023-24 Impact and Innovation Award Winners

Congratulations to our winning schools for the 2023-24 school year:

(Click on the link for each school to learn more about each individual project.)


Impact Awards

Wallenberg High School: Providing transition services to refugee/immigrant students 

SF International High School: Constructing a garden and greenhouse

Alamo Elementary School: Providing math literacy intervention program for students


Innovation Awards (all focused on addressing absenteeism):

Martin Luther King Academic Middle School

Everett Middle School

Downtown High School

Mission High School

Visitacion Valley Middle School

Balboa High School

Galileo High School

Willie Brown Academic Middle School


2022-23 Impact Award winners

This year's Impact Award recipients have been selected. Congratulations to our winning applicants:

  • Thurgood Marshall HS - Augment student pathways to college through increased exposure, preparation classes and other targeted efforts to increase interest and support post-secondary success.

  • Francis Scott Key Elementary - Increase personalized learning opportunities and foster student-centered curricula through professional development trainings for school faculty.

  • O’Connell HS - Reduce bullying and sexual harassment through multiple efforts including faculty PD, support groups for females & LGBTQ+ students, mentoring, anti-bullying curriculum and wellness interventions.

  • Grattan Elementary - Achieve academic success for all students through equity-based inquiry centered on the school's focal students.

  • Ulloa Elementary - Repair and restore community trust and unity by engaging with an anti-oppression facilitator and coach to create and implement multi-year plan.

  • Washington HS - Reduce hallway wandering and chronic truancy by introducing multiple supports for a cohort of students - including affinity groups and dedicated spaces on campus for focal students.

2021-22 Impact Award Winners

This year's Impact Award recipients have been selected. Congratulations to our five winning applicants:


This page was last updated on December 4, 2023