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From the Desk of the Superintendent


Salesforce donation helps SFUSD grow computer science

Last week lightning struck Salesforce Tower and the San Francisco Unified School District received an enormous gift from, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce. One event was unusual — the lightning — but the other, the donation from Salesforce, is something San Franciscans have come to count on from Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce... Read more


SFUSD connects students with historically black colleges and universities

I’d like you to meet a young gentleman who graduated from Mission High School more than a year ago. His name is Hatim Mansori, and he did really well during his time in the San Francisco Unified School District.... Read more


Middle school education gets a makeover

San Francisco is the city that is changing the world, with amazing technologies, advances in civil rights and brand-new economies. We are bringing that same creativity and forward-thinking to redefine school. We want to prepare all our students to succeed at school and in life.... Read more


Student assessment helps academic progress

The school year just began, and we’re already looking back. At this time of year, we examine student test scores, parent survey responses and other data from the prior school year to learn about what’s working and what needs improvement.... Read more


SFUSD takes research-based approach to science

Today is our first day of school. And this morning our students and staff, like many in our country, hope to see a solar eclipse. In the last few weeks, we have received a few calls asking if we were closing schools so families could witness the eclipse. These calls had me scratching my head. “What, and miss out on helping our students experience this fantastic opportunity to teach a science lesson?” ... Read more


Back to school transition starts with healthy routines

It’s hard to believe it, but school starts for our students next week on Aug. 21. I am so excited to welcome every single student back to a great year of learning. I know that getting back into a school routine can be a challenge, so I’d like to share tips on how to make a successful transition.... Read more


Keep students learning during the summer

This is the first week of summer for our San Francisco public school students. But it doesn’t mean the learning stops. In fact, it’s crucial that children keep learning throughout the summer months. Because, if they don’t, they have a hard time getting back up to speed in the fall. In fact, most children even lose some of the skills they spent all year developing if they go a couple months without practicing them (this is called summer learning loss).... Read more


SFUSD grads ready to take on the world

As our nearly 3,000 graduating seniors hand in their term papers, pull on caps and gowns and accept their diplomas, I want to take a moment to share about a few of these remarkable young people. Tonight I will be handing them the Superintendent’s 21st Century Award, a scholarship that honors outstanding graduates who exemplify an aspect of our district’s Vision 2025 Graduate Profile. Let me tell you a little bit about them.... Read more


Difficult decisions part of annual budgeting process for S.F. schools

The school year is almost over, and just like many of our students, we have a big project due: our entire school district budget. By July 1 each year, all California public school districts have to submit their budgets to the state.... Read more


The will and the skill to improve SF schools

After several decades away, I am thrilled to be back in San Francisco and to officially begin serving as the superintendent of San Francisco’s public schools. I grew up in our schools, graduated from McAteer High, attended San Francisco State University and then became a teacher and even a principal in the city.... Read more