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2013 Media Coverage Archive


Improving School Lunch by Design

Courtney E. Martin | New York Times
What if the secret to getting kids to eat healthier is to stop focusing on food? In spring 2013, the San Francisco Unified School District (S.F.U.S.D.) began a five-month collaboration with the design firm IDEO to re-imagine the school food system. This effort might not sound unique. Childhood obesity has become a hot topic, in large part thanks to the first lady’s Let’s Move! campaign and projects by high-profile chefs like Jamie Oliver and Alice Waters have aimed at getting fresh, healthy foods in schools.... Read more


San Francisco Middle Schools Receive $2.7M Donation from Salesforce CEO

Bob Butler | CBS 5KPIX
The CEO of visited a San Francisco school on Monday to highlight a $2.7 million donation by his company to the city’s middle schools — the largest one-time donation in the school district’s history, city officials said.... Read more


Students Build Futures in Old-School Shop Classes

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
Several engine blocks sat on racks near an early 1980s white Volkswagen Rabbit and a slightly beat-up, bright yellow Porsche 914 on a lift.... Read more


San Francisco School Reintroduces Auto Shop Class

Lyanne Melendez | ABC 7 News
We're going to take you down memory lane when high schools offered auto shop as part of the curriculum. One high school in San Francisco is revving up its program and encouraging other students to sign up.... Read more


Teaching Comes Naturally

Melanie Pepper | KQED
Growing up, I wanted to be exactly like my two older brothers. They were my tree-climbing, river-swimming and garden-tending heroes. Their deep love for the earth quickly made me an ally and student of Mother Nature.... Read more


Step Up Eases Fear of Middle School

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
For many incoming sixth-grade students, the scariest part of middle school isn't the need to make new friends or the amount of homework from six different teachers. It's lockers.... Read more


Duncan Notes SF School Improvements after Funding

Lyanne Melendez | ABC 7 News
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee visited a middle school in the Mission District this morning to call attention to the improvements made in the wake of federal funding to the city's school district.... Read more


Cool School: SF's Balboa High

Frank Mallicoat and Michelle Griego | CBS 5KPIX
CBS 5KPIX visits "cool school" Balboa High.... Read more


SF School on a Mission to Change Minds

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
Four years ago, Aleksandr Faynleyb and his parents actually cried when the then-eighth-grader opened the packet from San Francisco Unified School District saying he'd been assigned to Mission High School.... Read more


Class Handed a Secret - Physics Is Fun

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco teacher Amber Zertuche led her physics students up two flights of the dingy staircase in the nondescript Mission District building to the destination of their field trip - a chaotic room filled with electronic gadgets and widgets, wires, wood, keyboards, plastic parts, metal pieces, tools, buttons and bulbs.... Read more

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