In an increasingly globalized and technological world, providing a world class STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, art, and Math) education for all students is a key priority for SFUSD and many of our partners. This commitment of providing all students with access to high quality STEAM education and career pathways, particularly girls and students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the STEM field, reflects a clear stance regarding the importance of preparing students to live and thrive in the San Francisco of both today and tomorrow. Vision 2025 calls for increasing the opportunities students have to engage in relevant, career-based, problem-based learning experiences, and for exposing students early to STEAM education and computer science. Through investments that support the development of rigorous real world curricula, that train educators in "best" and "next" practices in STEAM and computer science instruction, and that expand students' and teachers' use of technology in the school day, SFUSD is innovating toward our promise to provide all students high quality 21st century.
Though Investments in STEAM education we are...
- Developing and implementing a robust and research-based Common Core aligned math sequence in kindergarten through 8th grade that engages students in rich and relevant math tasks.
- Supporting the integration of technology as a tool to enhance student collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking in the math and science curriculum at the middle grades
- Prototyping "digital classrooms" that reflect the real world workplace and the technology sector
- Increasing student engagement though the personalization afforded by technology
- Developing a broad policy and K-12 computer science curriculum that will provide all students with age-appropriate access to computer science during the school day.
- Providing intensive professional development to educators to build teacher and leader capacity to be innovative in delivering a 21st century education to all students
- Mapping K-12 opportunities to a technology talent career pipeline to help students graduate ready for STEM-related careers or higher education opportunities.
EMERGING PRIMARY RESULTS
San Francisco has become the first school district in the United States to have a computer science curriculum for every grade.
But we don’t stop there. Enrollment of African American and Latino students has increased from less than 100 to more than 3,800. And girls taking computer science has also increased in similar proportions.
In fact, today, computer science class enrollment mirrors the SFUSD student demographic; females and underrepresented groups each make up nearly half of overall CS enrollment.