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California Business for Education Excellence Names SFUSD Schools to 2013 Honor Roll

The organization California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) has named 37 SFUSD schools to its Honor Roll, recognizing them as among the highest-performing schools in the state. The organization pays particular attention to high-poverty schools that are closing achievement gaps, and those with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency. ... Read more


Young Authors Shine in Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition

To promote the art and craft of original bookmaking in the classroom, SFUSD students in grades K through 12 were recently invited to design, write, and create their own books for the second Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition on the West Coast. The student winners, who were selected from among 50 book entries from 23 schools, were celebrated at reception at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. ... Read more


Students Shine at Annual SF Oratorical Contest

One Saturday morning this past February, hundreds of children got up early, dressed in their best clothes, and put themselves through a demanding day of public speaking. It was the 34th annual SFUSD Oratorical Contest sponsored by the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators. ... Read more


SFUSD & Stanford Alum Returns to Teach

Currently in his first year of teaching, Terence Li began the year with 11 students in his 3rd grade class at Chinese Education Center. There are now 18 students in his classroom and not one has been in the United States for more than a year. Soon his class will have another new student who just arrived in the U.S. The Chinese Education Center is designed to serve elementary age newcomers from China who arrive throughout the year.... Read more


MY Farm at Mission HS Benefits Students and Residents

Mission High School, Friends of SF Environment and architecture firm EHDD recently teamed up to transform 7,900 square feet of concrete and asphalt into Mission Youth (MY) Farm, an urban farm that now provides students with learning opportunities and the community with fresh, locally grown produce. ... Read more


Balboa Students Plan, Design, Pitch New Game with Zynga

Earlier this fall, volunteers from the online social game maker Zynga brought in 20 staff volunteers to work with Balboa High’s Academy of Information Technology students who are learning game programming with tech employees who are a part of Microsoft's TEALS program.... Read more


Chin Elementary Named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School

John Yehall Chin Elementary School was recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, along with 12 other California public schools and two private schools.... Read more


Vision for a New Lunchroom

In spring 2013, we began a five-month collaboration with the innovation firm IDEO to rethink our school food system including the spaces, technology, operations, and dining experience. Specifically, we focused on creating a vision for a student-centered, financially-stable system that engages kids in eating good food. Over 1,300 students, parents, nutrition staff, principals, teachers, administrators, and community partners were involved in this process.... Read more


Redesigning the Classroom

Steve Mattice, a math and science teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, needed to do something about his classroom, which was too cramped for the 36 students who used it every day. Designers from The Third Teacher+ observed how Mattice and his students utilized space in the classroom, interviewed them, and then came up with ideas to make the classroom more useful for both Mattice and his students. Mattice, the students, the designers, and community members all pitched in to renovate the classroom.... Read more


Education Outside: First of Its Kind Service Corps Focusing on Experiential Environmental Education

In the last few years, complex environmental issues such as climate change, energy, water scarcity, and biodiversity have become front page news. Meanwhile, America’s science and technology sectors report they are struggling to find the educated and creative workforce needed to lead the world in innovation. ... Read more