SFUSD Airs Original Educational TV Show on KTVU Plus
San Francisco (April 19, 2020) - As part of its effort to reach all students, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is partnering with KTVU to provide an hour long television episode every weekday especially for preschool-2nd grade students in San Francisco, called “SF Loves Learning.” The show will provide access to academic and social emotional learning opportunities from SFUSD and partners for San Francisco’s youngest students, who have disproportionately less access to technology than older students.
Each episode will include an opening, a daily lesson, wiggles & dance, a read aloud, music, mindfulness, and a closing segment. The show will be in English with some lessons/segments featuring other languages, including Spanish and Cantonese.
Since closing schools on March 16, SFUSD has been implementing a phased-in plan to provide equitable learning opportunities for each and every student for as long as schools remain closed. SFUSD officially launched teacher-led interactive distance learning for all Pre Kindergarten-12th grade students the week of April 13, which represents the third phase. Teaching includes both digital and non-digital options for students to engage in learning at home as their circumstances allow.
“At SFUSD we have been working with urgency and creativity to find ways to connect and create distance learning opportunities while school buildings are closed,” SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said. “We are grateful to KTVU for providing this additional platform for San Francisco public school educators to offer academic and social emotional learning opportunities for San Francisco’s youngest students.”
It is a priority of the district to ensure it is able to serve each and every student during this next phase of education from home, and that students continue to make progress in their learning. In addition to teacher-led lessons and the SF Loves Learning TV show on KTVU Plus, SFUSD has provided learning kits for PreK-2 families, which include books, worksheets and other non-digital learning activities.
"Our first priority as a local news station is to serve the community. KTVU is proud of this partnership which enables us to use our news platform to aid SFUSD in their noble efforts to find unique ways to provide access to critical educational materials for all," said Mellynda Hartel, SVP and General Manager of KTVU and KTVU Plus.
SFUSD is partnering with Chronicle Books, the City and County of San Francisco’s SFGovTV, the SF Ballet, and SF Public Libraries to create this program.
SFUSD is the seventh largest school district in California, educating over 56,000 students across 119 schools. Go to sfusd.edu/continuouslearning for more information about SFUSD’s Distance Learning Plan.