Outstanding volunteers & big conversations: Highlights for April 13-18, 2016

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Outstanding volunteers & big conversations: Highlights for April 13-18, 2016


For the first time ever, the Game Design Academy class at Marshall High will be using an industry-grade program called Unity, which was used to make Angry Birds and other popular games. This will challenge students to up their game on collaboration by pair programming--a common industry practice--and learning a new user interface. Unity has just begun "Unity for Education," and Marshall High is one of the very first schools to test out the curriculum.

When:   Thursday, April 14, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Where:  Marshall HS / 45 Conkling St.


Like all California public school districts, SFUSD receives funds from the state through the Local Control Funding Formula, which gives the district a base amount per student and adds supplemental funding for students who come from low-income families. These same students may still be learning English or living in foster care. To get these funds, district officials converse with parents, educators, students, and community members about how they think the supplemental funds should be spent. Now, having talked with 350 people in 26 different locations, it’s time to share the findings so far and discuss how this input will be used to shape the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan.

When:   Thursday, April 14 / 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Where:  Irving G. Breyer Board Room / 555 Franklin St.


Retired bank executives, former teachers, engineers, and school neighbors –  these make up only some of the nearly 500 weekly volunteers in SFUSD classrooms another 900 help out monthly or at special events. On average, 9,000 public school students receive some kind of support from these volunteers in the form of mentoring, reading and math help, and more. Since 1963, the San Francisco Education Fund has partnered with SFUSD to organize volunteers to support San Francisco’s public schools. Each April, the Education Fund honors a few exceptional volunteers with the Distinguished Service Award for their work in San Francisco’s public schools.

When:    Thursday, April 14, 2016 / 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (call for award winners & additional info)

Where:   Williams-Sonoma Headquarters / 3250 Van Ness Ave.



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