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2014 Spotlight Archive


The ABCs of Elementary Reading and Writing in a Digital Age

A year ago, Tyler was struggling with his school work. A first grader at Frank McCoppin Elementary School in San Francisco, he had only been living in the U.S. for two years. He had limited English mastery and found his school work challenging. ... Read more


A Look at the New Willie Brown Middle School

Willie L. Brown, Jr. Middle School is opening its doors in August 2015, but enrollment for the new school has already started. Its future class of 650 students will engage, explore and excel at the school’s state-of-the-art science laboratory, digital media lab and maker space, which are located on a new campus twice the size of the old one. ... Read more


High School Students Speak Up About Life Online

On Friday, Nov. 7, a panel of high school students took on many issues related to spending time online, including cyber-bullying. They openly discussed what it's like being a teen online these days and provided their peers and SFUSD staff with insight regarding what they encounter online. ... Read more


Building the Digital District

Building the Digital District is our five-year technology plan and a glimpse of what our future classrooms will look like. We’ve taken account of everything we have -- and what we need -- to make sure all our students graduate with confidence in their technological skills and feeling prepared for college and career. ... Read more


Bilingual Instruction Benefits English Learners

In one of the first long-term, large-scale studies on bilingual education, SFUSD and Stanford collaborated to research the effectiveness of different English Learner programs to find that bilingual instruction benefits English Learners, especially in the long run. While students in programs that immerse them in English show earlier benefits, dual-language immersion program participants catch up with or even surpass their peers around middle school.... Read more


How to make back-to-school a successful one

Getting back into the school routine can be a challenge for many students. Here are some tips to make it easier.... Read more


A Year of Art with SFMOMA

Using the through line of "Artists Investigating the City," the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Balboa High School teamed up during the 2013-14 school year to deliver a series of projects, artist visits, field trips, and interactive experiences to the juniors and seniors in Balboa’s Creative Arts for Social Transformation (CAST) Academy, about 180 students in total. The partnership activities this year focused on the premise of artists who look to their surroundings and the urban environment to create installation-based and interactive works.... Read more


Lincoln High School Senior Wins 2014 SF Peacemaker Award

Sasha Rodriguez likes helping her fellow students. And as a Peer Mediator and Peer Counselor at Abraham Lincoln High School, she gets plenty of opportunity to do just that.... Read more


Outstanding 2014 Graduates

Thousands of seniors graduated this spring, and many persevered through difficult circumstances in their lives, took advantage of the tremendous resources in our schools and met our tough graduation requirements. ... Read more


Counting Critters

More than two thousand students, including Hillcrest Elementary students pictured here, took part in the National Geographic and the National Park Service “BioBlitz” the morning of March 28. ... Read more