The Stanford University and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Partnership helps SFUSD acquire, interpret, and use Stanford research, and enables Stanford to learn from real world practices taking place in San Francisco’s schools, with the goal of advancing student achievement in San Francisco and beyond. There are currently over 30 research and programmatic projects and studies within the district; enabling the district to use, learn from and make policy decisions from their own data. Findings from this partnership have been leveraged across the country.
The Graduate School of Education has committed to raising $1,000,000 a year in support of this important collaboration with the district.
Each year, these funds help to support GSE graduate students working directly in the district as well as GSE faculty-initiated research projects that align with the priorities of the district. The research has a high likelihood of having an effect on policies and practices because district administrators identify the problems of practice being researched and engage in a dialog with Stanford researchers throughout the life of a project. This partnership and funding thus gives the GSE an opportunity to make a measurable difference in the quality of education experienced by a very diverse population of students.