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Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh

From the Desk of the Superintendent

02/21/17

Reflections from a ‘son of San Francisco’

This week, I would like to share with you an excerpt from a speech made by Landon Dickey, a special assistant who oversees the San Francisco Unified School District’s African-American Achievement and Leadership initiative. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Dickey was invited to speak at City Hall to kick-off Black History Month.... Read more

02/14/17

A love letter to the supporters of San Francisco schools

I don’t often gush, but since today is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to share the love I have for my partner — actually, partners — because in the San Francisco Unified School District, we hold many people and organizations close to our hearts.... Read more

02/07/17

It may be Black History Month, but SF students engage in Ethnic Studies classes year-round

We are just a few days into Black History Month. Our students, like many across America, are learning about the profound contributions of African Americans, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Zora Neale Hurston, Althea Gibson and Frederick Douglass (who was, as we are hearing more and more, amazing).... Read more

01/31/17

New partnership works to end student homelessness in SF

As we make our way around The City, we can’t help but encounter people who lack basic shelter. It is heartbreaking to see our fellow men and women suffer, doing without basic necessities and struggling to maintain a sense of dignity that every human being should have. What you may not know is that a surprising number of our students at the San Francisco Unified School District are also homeless or living in temporary, unstable housing. ... Read more

01/24/17

SF schools expand transit with eye on student safety

It’s great when we solve one problem and end up solving a whole lot more. When it comes to how kids get to and from school, there’s a lot of “yes, and” going on.... Read more

01/18/17

Educational disparities in SF mirror societal inequities

The San Francisco Unified School District is one of the highest-performing urban school districts in California. In fact, overall, our students did better than all other California large urban districts on the new standardized tests last year. But the numbers for some of our kids are concerning — and we know it. Some of our kids still aren’t getting the education and support they need at school.... Read more

01/10/17

San Francisco educators resolve to uphold core values

As I talk with people about their New Year’s resolutions, I hear themes emerge related to the ways people want to act on their values. As it turns out, a lot of us at the San Francisco Unified School District have recently given our values some deep thought. We know exactly what we resolve to do this year — and every year.... Read more

12/20/16

At SF schools, reading comprehension doesn’t stop for the holidays

Even though school is on break for the next couple weeks, that doesn’t mean a break in reading. Whether it’s on phones, the backs of toy boxes or a good novel, we are surrounded by text — and the ability to be a critical and engaged reader is important. In fact, we at the San Francisco Unified School District cultivate a solid foundation in literacy that begins as soon as students enter the classroom.... Read more

12/13/16

It’s never too early to teach kids about coding

Last week, some of our 4-year-old students did something really fascinating: They programmed a robot using code. That’s right, preschoolers at Bessie Carmichael Elementary were given a set of instructions, and with a little time and a lot of puzzling things through, they made a small robot dance. Soon, all of our preschoolers will be playing and learning much the same way.... Read more

12/06/16

Inclusive Schools Week recognizes the right to a free public education

This week, the San Francisco Unified School District is holding special events at schools across the city to celebrate our dynamic, diverse accessible and equitable learning communities.... Read more