Shadow a Student

A One Day Crash Course in Empathy

When students feel known and valued by an adult at their school, they show up. When they are engaged in relevant, challenging work, they are building competencies for college, career, and civic life. What is it like to be a student at your school? To ride the bus? Juggle the workload? Fit into the culture?

Registration: Student Shadow Week


From February 29 – March 4, we’re asking school leaders to clear calendars, silence walkie-talkies, throw on sneakers, and immerse themselves in student life for a day. Join the community of educators in SFUSD and across the country committed to rethinking the student experience-starting by walking in the shoes of a student.

March 14th, 4:30-6:30, join us at the iLab in Residence at Thurgood Marshal High School over food to reflect on our individual and collective learnings and insights, and design “hacks” in our schools and departments.  We look forward to designing with you.

Download the Shadow a Student Toolkit once you’ve registered to help you prepare for your day.