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MLK Middle School improves student-teacher communication, increases class time

When Principal Michael Essien became the leader of Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School (MLK), one of his first tasks was understanding why 75 percent of office discipline referrals were for African American students when they represented 18 percent of the student body. Essien asked his staff to share stories behind the numbers. He discovered that MLK staff needed to improve their non-verbal communication skills and learn how to de-escalate student conflict.... Read more


SFUSD staffer, principal honored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors in February recognized SFUSD Student Advisor Jay Taylor, Principal Emmanuel Stewart and other San Francisco citizens as Black History Month Honorees who are paving the way for the next generation of leadership. ... Read more


Free dental exams promote oral health at Willie Brown Middle School

Sixth-grader Temon Howard tilted his head back, opened his mouth wide, and looked at the ceiling as a dentist in purple scrubs hovered over him. First, she used a large popsicle stick to open the sides of his mouth, then she shined a flashlight inside to examine his teeth.... Read more


A new way to measure school quality and progress

We’re excited to debut the new School Quality Improvement Index (“the Index”), which is a fundamental shift in school and district accountability created by the CORE districts. Unlike older measures of school quality such as the Academic Performance Index (API), the new Index tracks social-emotional learning and school culture and climate in additional to academic achievement to give families a more rounded picture of each school. It will also include results for any group with 20 or more students in a school, making it easier to identify and address inequity and achievement gaps.... Read more


Telling the story behind the numbers

More than 60 parents, community members and SFUSD staff participated in the Telling the Story Behind the Numbers: Making Sense of District Data event on Jan. 27 to review district-level data and SFUSD’s progress toward goals in its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The data also helps inform school and district planning for the 2016-17 school year. ... Read more


Ethnic studies may boost attendance, schoolwork

A high school ethnic studies course examining the role of race, nationality and culture on identity and experience boosted attendance and academic performance of students at risk of dropping out, a new study by scholars at Stanford Graduate School of Education found.... Read more


Twenty-five years of school-based support services for LGBTQ youth

SFUSD is commemorating 25 years of programming in support of LGBTQ youth. In 1990, the SF Board of Education took the historic step of approving a pioneering program called Support Services for Gay Youth. This program began by providing counseling to gay high school youth who faced pressure at home and at school related to their sexual orientation. ... Read more


From seed to table

For the last five years, incarcerated students at Woodside Learning Center, the school located inside the Juvenile Justice Center, have been part of a growing Restorative Justice Garden. ... Read more


Promising Results of New State Test

The California Department of Education recently unveiled the results of new, computer-based assessments, administered to students last spring to gauge their progress in learning new, more rigorous academic standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century. ... Read more


Handy Tips for Getting Ready for the New School Year

Getting back into the school routine can be a challenge for many students. San Francisco’s public schools open Monday, August 17, so it’s time for students and their families to get prepared for a school year full of learning.... Read more