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Media Coverage

Check out a sample of what the media is saying about our students and the work we do in the District. These stories were originally published in newspapers, online, and/or broadcast by television and radio.

08/17/17

Back to school preparation well underway

Jessica Zimmer | The Potrero View
Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), principals, teachers, nonprofit directors, and parents began planning for the upcoming academic year even before the 2016-2017 school year ended. “Our PTA worked closely with staff to develop and vote on priorities for fall in mid-May,” said Kopal Goonetileke, Daniel Webster Elementary School’s PTA president.... Read more

08/16/17

Meet the ‘homegrown’ superintendents from San Francisco and Oakland

Devin Katayama and Ana Tintocalis | KQED
If you’re a public school parent in San Francisco or Oakland, your child’s education is now in the hands of a new leader. Kyla Johnson-Trammell is the new schools chief in the Oakland Unified School District. Vincent Matthews now heads up San Francisco Unified. While their districts are very different, these leaders have one thing in common: They attended and worked in the schools they now lead.... Read more

08/14/17

City Visions: A conversation with the new OUSD and SFUSD superintendents

This summer, both San Francisco and Oakland welcomed new superintendents. Both individuals were educated in the district they will now be running. As leaders of high profile school districts that have had their share of problems in the past, these superintendents are under a great deal of pressure to succeed. ... Read more

08/03/17

Using evidence to improve ethnic studies curriculum for San Francisco students

When San Francisco Unified School District's commissioners passed a resolution to pilot an ethnic studies course in a select group of five high schools, it stated that "a growing body of academic research shows the importance of culturally meaningful and relevant curriculum. "We already knew that the resolution was on the right track when it said that the course itself would "help close the achievement gap, reduce dropout rates, and increase graduation rates."... Read more

07/31/17

Can ethnic studies courses help students succeed in school? Evidence from San Francisco

Decades of highly influential, qualitative scholarship have examined how culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) and curricula can unlock the academic potential of historically underserved students. This research stresses the importance of aligning classroom content to students' out-of-school experiences, affirming students' cultural competencies and developing their social and political awareness. However, until recently, there has been relatively little quantitative evidence on the educational impact of culturally relevant practices.... Read more

07/28/17

New kitchens are coming to SFUSD

New kitchens are coming to some San Francisco Unified Schools, where food can be made from scratch. Currently no schools in the district can do that. The Examiner reports that the district has approved five to six school kitchens for upgrades. They'll serve as "regional hubs" for all schools.... Read more

07/26/17

SFUSD cooks up new meal plans for students

Audrey Garces | San Francisco Examiner
Five to six kitchens will be updated to serve as regional hubs for SFUSD meals, funded by $20 million from the approval of the district’s $744 million Proposition A bond last November. Currently, no schools in the district have a kitchen where they can cook from scratch, as many of them are outdated or worn-down.... Read more

07/18/17

Here's how 10 San Francisco high schools performed on the AP exams

Drew Costley | SF Gate
San Francisco's Lowell High School had the highest number of passing scores on the Advanced Placement exams in 2015-16 and the highest percentage of students who took AP exams out of all schools in the San Francisco Unified School District, according to new data from the California Department of Education.... Read more

07/18/17

New Mission Bay public school to be launched within five years

Jessica Zimmer | The Potrero View
Last spring, the seven San Francisco Unified School Board members unanimously approved a resolution to direct newly appointed San Francisco Unified School District superintendent Vincent Matthew to begin planning a school in Mission Bay. The institution – kindergarten through fifth, sixth, or eighth grades – is expected to be completed by 2023. ... Read more

07/14/17

S.F. schools initiate more support for kids whose parents are in jail

Matt Haney | SF Chronicle
Nationwide, some 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent; including 1 out of every 9 black children. According to a city of San Francisco estimate, 17,993 children in San Francisco had a parent who was incarcerated over the prior year. Most of these children are enrolled in San Francisco public schools. ... Read more

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