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African American Achievement & Leadership

About African American Achievement & Leadership

The African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative (AAALI) was established in 2013 to provide recommendations to interrupt the inequitable pattern of outcomes for African American students in SFUSD. In 2015, through the leadership of the Superintendent and advocacy of the NAACP and San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators, an African American Achievement and Leadership team was established to lead implementation of the initiative.

The African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative holds SFUSD departments and City agencies accountable for providing a high – quality educational experience to African American students, and provides a platform for African American students, parents, and community leadership.

The African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative will:

  • Analyze existing policies and programs in order to enhance and target effective services and interventions for African American students

  • Enlist parents, educators, students and community partners in monitoring and improving the systems and strategies used to support students and school environments

  • Establish and report on annual goals for African American achievement

  • Collaborate with City agencies and the local philanthropic community to maximize resources and coordinate case management for African American students and families

AAALI Annual Report 

In May 2015, through the leadership of SFUSD Board of Education President Emily Murase, Commissioners Matt Haney and Shamann Walton, and unanimous support of the Board, a resolution was passed directing SFUSD to set annual goals that would close the achievement and discipline gap for African American students in the next six years. The resolution also called for an Annual African American Student Report to monitor and support targeted strategies for African American students. (2016 AAALI Annual Report)

African American Parent Advisory Council

The mission of the African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) is to provide a forum to hear the ideas of the San Francisco Unified School District’s African American parent community, and respond to those ideas by educating and informing parents of district resources, policies, and programs. It is our goal to empower the lives of all African American children and families by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for a high quality educational experience for our children. The AAPAC works to develop resources that allow parents to more actively support the academic instruction their children receive and engage with educators and administrators in the San Francisco Unified School District. We aim to lift every parent voice and help less engaged parents find their voice through us. (AAPAC Website)

African American Postsecondary Pathway
The African American Postsecondary Pathway (AAPP) is a collaborative made up of City and County departments, business, and philanthropic and community based organizations. This collaborative is committed to developing new services and strategies to prepare African American students in public schools to successfully enter the workforce and be a part of the City’s prosperity. Their cradle-to-career plan will provide targeted and coordinated support throughout each student’s educational journey, culminating in meaningful career opportunities.(AAPP Website)

Mentoring for Success

The African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative partnered with Mentoring for Success in the beginning of the 2015 – 2016 academic year to expand mentoring opportunities for African American students. Mentoring for Success (MFS) is a school based mentoring program that provides students with highly qualified and effective mentors who engage students in asset building activities to build skills for school success, improved attendance, and high self-esteem. MFS proactively engages vulnerable students in a positive mentoring relationship at school. Currently, 41% of all mentees are African American, translating to 254 students currently receiving weekly mentoring. (Mentoring For Success Website)

District Staff

Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Landon Dickey, DickeyL@sfusd.edu, 415-241-6121