Teacher helping a student.
  • Teachers make a lifetime of difference, yet often don’t get thanked.

    You can help change that.

About Us

Thank a Teacher Campaign

This public call to action seeks to thank San Francisco public school teachers for their professionalism, dedication, and work on behalf of our City's young people. We are trying to mobilize everyone that lives or works in San Francisco to thank a teacher. This year's campaign will culminate in May when we deliver notes of thanks to the teachers in every public school. We honor teachers of the year during a home-plate ceremony at a San Francisco Giants Teacher Appreciation game annually in May.

The San Francisco Education Fund, along with Mayor Edwin Lee and Superintendent Richard Carranza, is leading this coalition of community-based organizations, civic groups, businesses, and media partners to promote the 2017 Thank a Teacher Today Campaign.

Why It Matters

Research shows that the single greatest predictor of student achievement is teacher quality. Recruiting and retaining quality teachers remains an ongoing challenge facing public schools, especially in lower-performing schools. The quality of public education in our City matters to everyone. This campaign provides a way for all members of the community to participate in honoring teachers and helping to improve student academic achievement.

San Francisco Education Fund

The San Francisco Education Fund is dedicated to increasing the number of San Francisco public school students – in particular those from underserved communities – who graduate ready for college, careers and civic responsibility.

We are committed to improving the outcomes of our public school students. We use doers, dollars and data to make this happen.

  • We engage 1,200 volunteers — doers — in San Francisco's public schools.

  • We award $100,000 in grants — dollars — to educators to bring to life innovative projects.

  • We use student test scores and outcomes — data — to place our doers and dollars in schools with demonstrated need and to measure our impact.

  • Literacy Program

    Our Literacy Program helps students learn to read by third grade. We train and place volunteer literacy tutors to work one-on-one or in small groups with K-3 students at four elementary schools and award grants to their teachers to further students' literacy development.

    Math Program

    Our Math Program helps students master math by eighth grade. We train and place volunteer math tutors to work with small groups of sixth- and seventh-grade students at three middle schools and award grants to their teachers to further students' math skills.

    College & Career Readiness Program

    Our College & Career Readiness Program helps students graduate prepared for their next step. We train and place volunteer college and career coaches to work one-on-one with sophomore or junior students at three high schools and award grants to their teachers to further students' college and career readiness.

    General Classroom Support Program

    Our General Classroom Support Program ensures that students and teachers across San Francisco's public schools have the help they need to succeed. We train and place volunteer tutors, classroom assistants and mentors to work with students and teachers in Pre-K-12 classrooms across San Francisco public schools.

    Circle the Schools

    Our Circle the Schools corporate partnership program ensures that school communities have the resources they need to help students live, work and thrive in San Francisco and beyond. We match local companies with schools across San Francisco and create opportunities for them to provide volunteer support and other resources for the school.