Superintendent’s Innovation Awards

Superintendent’s Innovation Award Overview

The Superintendent’s Innovation Awards, generously sponsored by the Someland foundation, aims to build the innovative capacity of SFUSD and design exemplary models using student-centered design thinking. Three SFUSD schools are selected annually to engage in a design process to re-imagine learning spaces and teaching practices so that all students realize the Graduate Profile. These 3 schools will lay the foundation for bright spots to spread innovative practices about how space design supports teaching and learning across the district.

2018-2019 Superintendent’s Innovation Awards

In this inaugural year of the Superintendent’s Innovation Awards, 3 schools are being supported to re-design classroom spaces to better support 21st Century teaching including project based learning and personalized learning. While traditional classroom furniture and set-ups are not conducive to the ways in which teachers want to teach and students want to learn, this design process empowers teachers to realize their ideal classroom environments.  By engaging in a student and teacher-centered design process, the awarded schools are redesigning their learning environments to directly address the learning needs of their students. These re-designed spaces will have more flexible uses, will better foster student projects and collaboration, and will be more inclusive and accessible to a variety of learners. New classroom designs will be implemented in Fall 2019.

The 2018-19 Superintendent’s Innovation Awardees: Each school is redesigning their spaces around a question-

Francis Scott Key Elementary School-  How might elementary school teachers (in a range of grade levels) redesign their classroom spaces to be more conducive to personalized learning, collaboration, and flexibility for students?

Denman Middle School – How might 8th grade teachers in each discipline (English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies)  redesign their spaces to engage in deeper learning and facilitate project-based learning?


Mission High School – How might Mission High School teachers and students redesign a large classroom on campus to facilitate intellectual discourse and community across difference, specifically across African American and Latinx students?