CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE FOUNDATION

inspire. innovate. achieve.

aka CFF   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.classroomofthefuture.org

Mission

To unite business, community, and educational leaders in creating innovative learning environments in San Diego County public schools that prepare our students to thrive in a competitive, global society.

Ruling year info

1997

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. James Wright

Main address

6401 Linda Vista Road Room 207

San Diego, CA 92111 USA

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EIN

33-0765068

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF) aims to prepare students for the world of work through innovative K-12 learning environments. Currently, 43,000 young adults in San Diego County are neither working or in school, and nearly a third of high school students nationwide are leaving high school without the required skills to succeed in college or the 21st century workforce. CFF aims to address this problem by partnering with local business, education leaders, and the community to create learning programs that apply proven business and technology-based practices in the school setting. For example, CFF is currently working to expose students to the cybersecurity industry in order to meet the demand for local talent - San Diego is home to over 7,300 cyber jobs and the industry is expected to grow by 13%.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Career Discovery Cybersecurity Experience Program

To expose students to the past, present, and future of cybersecurity, one of San Diego's fastest growing industries.

Population(s) Served

The Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF) is proud to host the marquee event in San Diego County for galvanizing the business and education community around innovation in the classroom. Each May, CFF celebrates its Innovation Grantees by convening more than 450+ educators and business leaders to honor a group of classroom programs, educators, and students that model the future of K-12 education.

Following an intensive application and selection process for our Innovation Grant Program, four classroom programs are recognized at the event for their ability to get students excited about learning and enhance learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. Each classroom awardee receives a financial grant of $5,000 to help scale this innovative program in their school district.

inspire Award
The Inspire Award is given to programs that inspire, excite, motivate, spark and/or influence teachers to teach and students to learn through exceptional, unprecedented or extraordinary programs.

innovate Award
The Innovate Award showcases the creative innovations of the programs that facilitate enhanced teaching and learning. This award specifically focuses on the uniqueness of the “program actions” that promotes teacher innovation, increases student interest and drives performance and/or achievement.

achieve Award
The Achieve Award showcases innovative programs that are able to quantify program results/achievements that drive student learning. It specifically focuses on the “program evidence” that directly correlates to positive student outcomes.

impact Award
The Impact Award is the most prestigious award given to the ONE program that embodies the first three attributes: inspire, innovate, and achieve which culminate to realize the fourth: IMPACT on teachers, students and your community. This program exceeds all others in its ability to impact students and teachers through inspiring, innovative, exceptional, unprecedented and/or extraordinary program components that are verified by quantitative and sustained results. Additionally, this program substantiates its sustainability and can be replicated by others.

Population(s) Served

CFF recognizes the achievement of exceptional students in the AVID program by rewarding their accomplishments with High Tech Academic Achievement Scholarships to pursue a STEM degree. Each year, CFF provides an average of 20-25 students with a $2,000 scholarship. These students are recognized at our Innovation in Education Awards event in May.

Population(s) Served

Hundreds of new types of jobs are being created every year, due to the rapid convergence of technology, research, and scientific breakthroughs. As our local economy embraces this future, San Diego companies will need to rely on more adaptive and skilled workers. If we want to continue to have a strong workforce, it’s imperative that we prepare San Diego students during their formative years to take on these new STEM opportunities and find their place in the world.

This preparation begins with supporting our teachers. Teachers are increasingly expected to connect their lesson plans to the world of work. However, most of our teachers don’t have backgrounds in our growing STEM industries, like technology, advanced manufacturing, or life sciences. Thus, it’s very challenging for them to draw these connections. As a result, students are not exposed to the countless career pathways that are available to them.

The Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF), the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), and industry partners provide half-day, full day, or two-day experiences to educators from across the County to explore the world of work.

Teams of administrators, teachers, and/or counselors visit the corporate partner to learn about the technical and essential skills required for success in their industry, in addition to receiving coaching by experts on how to infuse these experiences into their school sites.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

San Diego Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Innovation Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Innovation Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Classroom of the Future Foundation’s (CFF) principle goal is to prepare San Diego’s students for college and the 21st century workforce. CFF has created a five-year commitment to expanding college and career pathway opportunities for all students. The outcome of these pathway programs are students with exposure to our region’s priority industries and transferable “essential” skills like critical-thinking, collaboration, and leadership -- skills that will help them succeed in any career. With nearly one third of our nation’s students leaving high school without the required skills needed to succeed in a 21st century workforce, CFF’s goal is to shift the paradigm in our local public schools and give the necessary support to educators to connect the classroom to the world of work.

The Classroom of the Future Foundation utilizes numerous strategies to achieve our goal of creating innovative learning environments in San Diego public schools. These key strategies include scaling up proven, innovativeK-12 programs, replicating those programs across our 42 school districts, providing direct-service programs to districts that add value to the innovative work already happening in our classrooms, and bringing educators together with business leaders at events throughout the year.

The Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF) utilizes numerous resources to achieve our goals. CFF’s network of relationships with local businesses, industry professionals, superintendents, and educators allow us to develop and implement new programs, improve curriculum, and provide new college and career pathway opportunities for students in San Diego County. CFF’s Board of Directors is composed of influential, local business leaders, superintendents, and top educators who provide strategic guidance to our organization. Their knowledge and support helps drive our mission to create engaging and innovative learning environments for classrooms throughout San Diego County.
Additionally, CFF has a very special relationship with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). Our formal MOU with SDCOE allows us to be a supporting organization to their innovative initiatives, and we are able to work directly with the SDCOE leadership to accelerate programs.
Finally, CFF has a large group of volunteers who assist us in various aspects of our organization and day-to-day tasks. CFF’s volunteers assist with grant writing and fundraising to secure funds to create and build upon existing programs. CFF’s event management, program, and special events volunteers help with planning and managing yearly events as well as our annual event, the Innovation in Education Awards, which convenes more than 450+ educators and business leaders to honor a group of classroom programs, educators, and students that model the future of K-12 education.

CFF has built up a 20+ year reputation for being the leading convener of business, community, and educational leaders around innovation in education in our region. Our constituencies see CFF as a catalyst for the creation of learning programs that apply proven business and technology-based practices in the school setting. Our positive perception in the community is thanks to a history of successful initiatives, recent programmatic acceleration, and historical support from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and all 42 San Diego County Superintendents.

Founded by SDCOE, districts, and the businesses in 1997, our earliest success story was the construction of our region’s first “technology hub,” the Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center. This was and continues to be the center of educator capacity building and student preparation around emerging technologies in the County. Another example of success from the past is our innovation grant program. Established 15 years ago, this program scales up the most cutting-edge classroom solutions in our region. The program culminates at a large event each May (attended by 600+ educators) and is used to inspire other districts to adopt similar innovative programs. We have provided more than $375,000 in funding, in addition to seeing the replication of many of these winning programs at other schools across the County.

In May of 2016, CFF embarked on a strategic planning process to accelerate programmatic outcomes. This process resulted in a new mission, vision, and strategic direction for the next five years, and allowed CFF to redesign its programs so that they are more impactful for economically disadvantaged youth. As previously mentioned, our new programs continue to yield great results, and CFF was recognized in 2016 for its success, with its CEO receiving San Diego METRO Magazine's 40 under 40 award for being one of San Diego's brightest young leaders.

Today, CFF is implementing programs as part of the College and Career Pathways Initiative that introduce students to the world of work. The Career Discovery Cybersecurity Experience is one program that pairs local industry professionals with participating schools that teach students about the cybersecurity industry through an online curriculum. The success of this program has allowed CFF to introduce it to more schools throughout San Diego county. CFF plans to extend this program to more schools throughout all districts and create similar programs that introduce San Diego’s students to prominent industries in our area.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joe Valente

Rockwell Automation (Retired)

Term: 2019 - 2020

Darrell Stewart

Intel , Americas

Darryl S. Albertson, Ph.D.

Cubic Corporation

John Cooke

Mission Federal Credit Union

Gustavo Duarte

Spectrum Business

Mike Simonson

San Diego County Office of Education

Brian Elswick

Sony Electronics

Jeffrey Felix

Coronado Unified School District (Ret.)

David Miyashiro

Cajon Valley Union School District

Colleen Peterson

Peterson Hill Marketing, Inc.

Mike Roberts

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

John Sipe

Curriculum Associates

Michiko Araki

Sony Electronics

Brad Willaims

Petco

Sally Bowen

Cox Communications

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich

National University

Drew Martin

Jack in the Box

Francisco Escobedo

Chula Vista Elementary School District

Kelley Owens

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP

Tim Baird

Encinitas Union School District (Ret)

Joe Valente

Rockwell Automation (Ret.)

Paul Gothold

San Diego County Office of Education

Paulete Donnellon

San Diego County Office of Education

Patrick Gittisriboongul

San Diego County Office of Education

Ben Churchill

Carlsbad Unified School District

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes