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From the Desk of the Superintendent

01/08/18

Focusing on Vision 2025

Now that it’s 2018, SFUSD has seven more years to realize Vision 2025. That may seem like a long time, but when you consider the scale of all the changes we’re making, it’s fast approaching! ... Read more

12/18/17

SF schools learn from Mayor Lee’s example

Last week, San Francisco lost a great leader when Mayor Ed Lee passed away. I have been moved by the many tributes, including one by the editors of this paper, to our late mayor. I, too, want to take a moment to honor his legacy.... Read more

12/11/17

Take time to celebrate and include all students

Feeling safe and included at school is fundamental for learning. In fact, it’s so important to us that we actually survey our students each year to measure their sense of belonging. This past week, the San Francisco Unified School District celebrated Inclusive Schools Week to bring more awareness to what being truly inclusive means.... Read more

12/04/17

Computer science curriculum prepares SF students for new economy

Let me start by stating the obvious: Some of the skills our graduates need to tackle a changing world are different than the ones I needed 20 years ago. When I joined the San Francisco Unified School District last spring, I learned about its vision for future graduates. As I look at the ways the district is getting closer to realizing this vision, our approach to teaching computer science (CS) stands out.... Read more

11/27/17

My first 90 days at SFUSD

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my decades of leadership, it is this: listen first. Over the past several months, I have visited 57 schools. I convened seven community forums. I pored over years of student test scores. And, I attended countless meetings.... Read more

11/20/17

Make time for your parent/teacher conference

If you’re a parent, you have more than a full-time job. You juggle work and kids’ schedules. You try to make sure they eat good food, get plenty of sleep, stay on top of homework and, oh yeah, have fun. It can get hectic. Believe me, I know. But there’s one more thing I hope you do: Get to your parent/teacher conference.... Read more

11/14/17

SFUSD wants you to help craft a spending plan

As many of you know, a large part of our budget comes from the state of California. But did you know we have to provide the state with a detailed plan for how we want to spend it before we get the money? And we can’t just tell them how we want to use the funds, we have to tell them why. We have a thorough annual process for creating our district plan and the proposed budget to implement that plan. It includes parents, staff and a whole lot of numbers.... Read more

10/30/17

Halloween can be fun without the junk food

OK, it’s time to admit something to everyone: I love Halloween. I really do. There’s nothing better than getting into the spirit of the day, the goofy and scary costumes. When my kids were little, I loved taking them trick-or-treating and then, returning home, passing out treats and seeing whatever was the most popular costume that year.... Read more

10/24/17

Principals deserve thanks for strong leadership

Did you know October is National Principals Month? You may be surprised to hear there is a whole month dedicated to recognizing the work of school principals — but if you think about the big job they have, you’ll understand why. I’ve visited a lot of our schools and had the pleasure of seeing almost all of our school principals in action. Suffice it to say, I’m impressed. ... Read more

10/16/17

How to find the right school for your children

You may not believe it, but thousands of families have begun looking for schools to enroll their child for next fall. Because we encourage families to find the right school for their child, we also open our school doors for them each fall so they can get an up-close look and learn more about the community.... Read more