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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.

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The push in solution

Julia McEvoy | KQED
When Michael Essien became an administrator at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School in San Francisco he saw right away that he needed to help teachers get behavior issues under control. If students acted out in class, teachers were sending them to an in-school detention, where they waited for disciplinary action.... Read more


SFUSD to streamline suicide prevention efforts targeting middle and high schoolers

Laura Waxmann | SF Examiner
The San Francisco Board of Education on Tuesday approved a policy on suicide prevention targeting students in grades 7 through 12 in schools throughout the district. Adoption of the policy will ensure the San Francisco Unified School District’s compliance with a state law, Assembly Bill 2246, which passed in 2016. ... Read more


Looking at education with Carol Kocivar

Debi Kennedy | KALW
Mental health is important for student success. SFUSD's Student Intervention Team is a clinical mental health internship program that works to improve behavior, student attendance and academic success by increasing access to quality school-based mental health services... Read more


SF curbs teacher shortage with new recruitment programs

Laura Waxmann | SF Examiner
The San Francisco Unified School District has hired enough teachers for nearly all of its classrooms, resuming instruction today with only five open positions for in-classroom teachers. Last year, comparatively, the school district scrambled to fill some 38 open positions by the first day of school, according to SFUSD spokesperson Gentle Blythe.... Read more


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


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


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


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


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


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

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