Educator Resources

The San Francisco Education Fund believes a quality education is one of the most important factors in a child’s life and that community members can and should support teachers with this important responsibility. We support K-12 San Francisco teachers by providing them with volunteers and educator grants.

Request a Volunteer

Need a helping hand? The San Francisco Education Fund recruits, trains and places volunteers to work in all grade levels, subjects and San Francisco public schools. Any public school staff person is invited to request a volunteer tutor or a mentor.

Volunteers can tutor K-12 students one-on-one or in small groups to build math, reading, science or other academic skills. Volunteers can also become a student’s mentor, help you with classroom organization and other projects, provide homework help during afterschool programs or work with students on extracurricular activities, such as music and art.

If you know someone who is interested in volunteering, the San Francisco Education Fund can help individuals gain clearance from San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to start volunteering in your classroom.

Apply for an Educator Grant

Teachers have great ideas for how to improve their schools or classrooms, but they often have limited resources to bring those ideas to life. The San Francisco Education Fund provides grants to school staff who have an idea to advance student’s skills in elementary school literacy, middle school math or high school college and career readiness. Grants can be used for teacher professional development, instructional materials, and/or introducing students to experiences they would not otherwise have.

The San Francisco Education Fund currently has a grant pool of $90,000 for staff at 11 Focus Schools where we concentrate our resources in hopes to make deeper and more sustainable change.

  • Elementary School Literacy-focused Grants: Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School, Dr. Charles Drew College Preparatory Academy, Junipero Serra Elementary School, El Dorado Elementary School, Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and Bessie Carmichael PreK-5
  • Middle School Math-focused Grants: Everett Middle School, James Lick Middle School and Bessie Carmichael 6-8
  • High School College & Career Readiness-focused Grants: Philip and Sala Burton High School, June Jordan School for Equity and Mission High School

In addition to grants awarded to teachers at our Focus Schools, we also partner with Fund for Teachers to award San Francisco teachers with fellowships to pursue self-designed summer professional learning experiences. This opportunity is available to any San Francisco public school teacher. Apply for a grant.

Help us Award Scholarships to Students

Each year, the San Francisco Education Fund awards the Maisin Scholar Award to 75 college-bound SFUSD seniors. We are eager to partner with you to identify students from your school who would benefit most from this scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years.

Learn More About Corporate Partnerships

The Circle the Schools Program creates meaningful partnerships between schools and local companies to help schools reach their unique goals. Corporate partners can provide large groups of volunteers to help with projects such as beautification and classroom set-up and provide support for various special initiatives. Check to see if your school is paired with a corporate partner