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2016 Media Coverage Archive


English learners test better in SF public schools than California

Michael Barba | San Francisco Examiner
English learners in the San Francisco Unified School District continued to meet state testing standards at higher percentages than the rest of California last school year, according to a recent report from the district.... Read more


New school board member unites SF youngsters with tech industry

Michael Barba | San Francisco Examiner
Inside a tech startup off a corner of Market Street, the front desk clerk apologized for assigning a gender to a person walking in. Down a flight of stairs, a diverse group of teenagers and young adults mingled in a room with high ceilings and exposed brick. Snack dispensers lined a back wall, and food was plenty.... Read more


For homeless families, finding a home is a give-and-take

Stephanie Martin Taylor | KQED
When classes let out for the day at Bessie Carmichael Elementary in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, Principal Tina Lagdamen high-fives each boy and girl and says the same thing, over and over again: “See you tomorrow.”... Read more


SF district to provide pathway to teaching credentials

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
Hoping to make it easier, faster and cheaper to become a teacher, the San Francisco school district is going into the teacher-credentialing business, offering courses and training typically administered on a college campus.... Read more


Miraloma Elementary’s Wall of Inclusion

To mark Inclusive Schools Week this year, Miraloma Elementary School took inspiration from the “Walls of Empathy” that have recently appeared in San Francisco, New York, and other cities. Students used over two thousand sticky notes to cover the hallways of their school in messages of hope, love, and peace.... Read more


California schools seek to increase understanding of special education students with 'Inclusive Schools Week'

Ashley Hopkinson | EdSource
Some California school districts – including San Francisco Unified and Los Angeles Unified – are part of a nationwide initiative that seeks to increase awareness of students with disabilities and of the importance of creating a school environment where every student feels included.... Read more


SF preschoolers learn to code for Computer Science Education Week

Jessica Christian | San Francisco Examiner
A Pre-Kindergarten class at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in San Francisco’s South of Market District got a lesson in computer programming Thursday, December 8, 2016 as part of Computer Science Education Week within the San Francisco Unified School District. ... Read more


School district redoubles efforts to keep undocumented students safe

Beth Winegarner | SF Weekly
When Juana came to San Francisco from El Salvador six years ago, it was to get out of a difficult relationship with her children’s father and to seek better economic opportunities. But because she and her kids are undocumented, Juana’s 11-year-old daughter, who attends Marshall Elementary School in the Mission, is often scared about the possibility of deportation.... Read more


California will soon provide ethnic studies classes for all high schoolers. Here's why.

Grace Hwang Lynch | PRI
In a second-floor classroom at San Francisco’s Washington High School, David Ko is leading freshmen in a discussion about bullying. But it’s not the typical conversation about treating others nicely. That’s because ethnic studies is not simply a history course detailing the achievements of members of different racial groups; the curriculum is conscious of and sometimes analytical about how race and ethnicity are intertwined with power. ... Read more


Bay Area teacher uses chess to help focus students' lifelong outlook

Kenny Choi | KPIX
Adisa Banjoko, teacher at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco, has developed a more than a just a chess club, he established a non-profit called Hip-Hop Chess Federation. The goal is to use chess to help students develop in other ways that will enhance their chances of success in life.... Read more

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