Resource Alignment Initiative Weekly Updates

Introduction

Resource Alignment is a complex initiative, and we're committed to keeping you informed about the latest developments. This page will be updated weekly with key developments from the previous week and upcoming events. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us through the Family Resource Link.

Welcome to our Weekly Update

Below is a summary of the Resource Alignment Initiative’s recent activities and upcoming events.

Weekly Update: May 31 - June 6

Language pathways sessions complete

Over 150 people attended three Community Information Sessions to learn how school closures, mergers, and co-locations in 2025-26 might impact SFUSD language programs. The first session was on Thursday, May 16 at Mission High School, with a presentation in Spanish with interpretation into English. The second session was on Tuesday, May 21, at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, with a presentation in Cantonese with interpretation into English. The third session was on Thursday, May 30, at the SFUSD Board Room and on Zoom. You can access the agendas, slides, notes, and recordings here (click on the “Community Sessions” drop-down menu.)

 

District team prepares for June 25 Board Meeting

District leaders are actively analyzing input from the community and the District Advisory Committee on criteria for school co-locations, mergers, and closures for the 2025-26 school year. Dr. Wayne will present the final recommendations on the criteria, categories, weights, and metrics to create composite scores for each school. These scores will be one of multiple factors in the district's recommendations for changes to SFUSD’s school portfolio for the 2025-26 school year. You can learn more about the Resource Alignment Initiative at https://www.sfusd.edu/RAI 

Note: Over the summer, There will be fewer RAI-related events and weekly updates for the Resource Alignment Initiative as the district team analyzes scenarios for SFUSD’s future school portfolio.

 

📅 Upcoming Events 📅

There are no upcoming Resource Alignment-related events

Weekly Update: May 24-30

Weekly Update: May 24-30

 

District team prepares for June 25 Board Meeting

District leaders are actively analyzing input from the community and the District Advisory Committee on criteria for school co-locations, mergers, and closures for the 2025-26 school year. Dr. Wayne will present the final recommendations on the criteria, categories, weights, and metrics to create composite scores for each school. These scores will be one of multiple factors in the district's recommendations for changes to SFUSD’s school portfolio for the 2025-26 school year. You can learn more about the Resource Alignment Initiative at https://www.sfusd.edu/RAI 

 

Raw data for Community Survey #1 posted

The raw data for the first communitywide survey is now available on the Community Feedback page SFUSD’s RAI website (Click on “Community Surveys.”) Between March 28 and April 7, community members gave input on the importance of draft criteria in determining school closures, mergers, and co-locations. This was a high-level values-based question, asking if any proposed criteria should be used to determine school consolidations. The data from the second community survey will be posted after it is analyzed and anonymized. You can access the analysis of the second community survey results here

 

Note - There will be fewer RAI-related events and weekly updates for the Resource Alignment Initiative over the summer as the district team analyzes scenarios for SFUSD’s future school portfolio.

Weekly Update: May 17-23

Weekly Update: May 17-23

DAC members finalize recommendations at May 20 meeting 

On Monday, May 20, the District Advisory Council met in person at the SFUSD central office to finalize the recommendation for criteria to be used to determine school mergers, closures, and co-locations. They also heard from Dr. Francis Pearman from Stanford’s Center on Education Policy Analysis about the results of the second public survey. The key conclusions included:

  1. Survey II had a high completion rate that included a diverse sample of community partners.
  2. The district now understands the relative importance that community members place on each metric.
  3. There is surprising consistency across racial groups in terms of the metrics that should matter most in the reorganization decision.
  4. Weighted estimates suggest results are unlikely to be biased by over- or under-representation of certain racial groups.
  5. Results will be used to compute a composite score for each school in the district.

Visit here to learn more about the DAC, including the AgendaSlides, and Stanford Presentation from the May 20th meeting.

Language pathways sessions

Over 70 people attended two Community Information Sessions to learn how school closures, mergers, and co-locations in 2025-26 might impact SFUSD language programs. The first session was on Thursday, May 16th at Mission High School, with a presentation in Spanish with interpretation into English. The second session was on Tuesday, May 21st, at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, with a presentation in Cantonese with interpretation into English.

📅 Upcoming Events 📅

SFUSD Families are invited to attend a Community Information Session to learn more about how school closures, mergers, and co-locations in 2025-26 might impact SFUSD language programs.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

5:30-7:30 pm 

In-Person: SFUSD Board Room (555 Franklin St.)

Virtual: Zoom Link: bit.ly/Langpath5-30 

All families (presentation in English, interpretation offered in Spanish & Cantonese, other languages available upon request)

Please register here to reserve your spot for childcare and food: bit.ly/SFUSDLangpath. Click here for a flyer with more information. If you have additional questions, contact Eric Cuentos at cuentose@sfusd.edu.

Weekly Update: May 10-16

Weekly Update: May 10-16

DAC members discuss criteria and category weighting 

On the evening of May 13, the District Advisory Council met virtually for their regularly scheduled meeting. The discussion focused on proposed criteria for mergers, closures, and co-locations for the 2025-26 school year. Here are the agendaslidesnotes, and video from the meeting. During the discussion, members discussed criteria metrics and weights, the survey process, and the implications of survey scores in the portfolio creation process. You can learn more about the District Advisory Council and see materials from its meetings on our website.

 

Community Engagement data collection and analysis

This week, District staff continued to analyze input, data, and artifacts from Phase 1 of the community engagement process, which will be shared on SFUSD’s RAI website and with the Board of Education.

 

Survey data analysis

SFUSD’s research partner, Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis, began analyzing the results from the first and second community surveys. The analysis will result in composite scores for each school. Composite scores will be one factor District staff will use to determine school mergers, closures, and co-locations for the 2025-26 school year. 

 

📅 Upcoming Events 📅

SFUSD Families are invited to attend one of the following Community Information Sessions to learn more about how school closures, mergers, and co-locations in 2025-26 might impact SFUSD language programs.

 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

5:30-7:30 pm 

In-Person: Mission High School Cafeteria (3750 18th St.)

Spanish-speaking families (co-hosted with SFUSD’s Latinx Parent Advisory Committee). Presentation in Spanish with interpretation into English

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 

5:30-7:30 pm

In-Person: Gordon J. Lau Elementary School Auditorium (950 Clay St.)

Chinese-speaking families (co-hosted with SFUSD’s Asian American Parent Advisory Committee). Presentation in Cantonese with interpretation into English

 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

5:30-7:30 pm 

In-Person: SFUSD Board Room (555 Franklin St.)

Virtual: Zoom Link: bit.ly/Langpath5-30 

All families (presentation in English, interpretation offered in Spanish & Cantonese, other languages available upon request)

 

Please register here to reserve your spot for childcare and food: bit.ly/SFUSDLangpath. Click here for a flyer with more information. If you have additional questions, contact Eric Cuentos at cuentose@sfusd.edu.

Weekly Update: May 3-9

Thursday, May 9, 2024

 

Weekly Update: May 3-9

 

Nearly 10,000 community surveys completed! The second community survey, which gathered input from community members, families, staff, and students on draft criteria for co-locations, mergers, and closures for the 2025-26 school year, closed on Wednesday, May 8, with 9,979 responses. The first community survey collected 10,135 responses. SFUSD’s research partners at Stanford will begin analyzing the responses, and the results will be shared in the coming weeks.

 

Two-hundred-sixty-one community members attend in-person community sessions! The SFUSD team hosted in-person community sessions at eight schools across the city between April 25 and May 4. At the sessions, 261 community members learned about the results of the Cycle 1 survey about the criteria for school co-locations, mergers, and closures, received an overview of Cycle 2 of community engagement, and were provided with instructions to complete the Cycle 2 online survey. Notes from all the sessions will be posted here

 

📅 Upcoming Events 📅

Please mark your calendars for the following important events, organized by date:

 

May 13, 2024 - District Advisory Council Meeting - The District Advisory Council (DAC) will hold its regular meeting to discuss the proposed criteria to determine school co-locations, mergers, and closures. NOTE: This meeting will be held virtually. Please click here to join the Zoom webinar. For more information about the DAC, see the agenda here and this webpage.

Weekly Update: April 26-May 2

Complete the Cycle 2 Online Survey! SFUSD is seeking input from community members, families, staff, and students on draft criteria for co-locations, mergers, and closures for the 2025-26 school year. The survey will take 10 minutes to complete and includes an explainer video in seven languages. You can access it here. The survey will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 5.

Second Virtual Town Hall - The SFUSD team hosted the second Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, April 25th. Over 350 attendees learned about the results of the Cycle 1 survey about the criteria for school co-locations, mergers, and closures, saw an overview of Cycle 2 of community engagement, and were provided with instructions to complete the Cycle 2 online survey. You can access a recording of the event here

In-Person Community Sessions - The SFUSD team hosted in-person community sessions at Sheridan Elementary School on Saturday, April 27, Roosevelt Middle School on April 27, Sunset Elementary School on April 29, and Gordon J. Lau Elementary School (primarily in Cantonese) on May 1. At the sessions, over 140 community members learned about the results of the Cycle 1 survey about the criteria for school co-locations, mergers, and closures, received an overview of Cycle 2 of community engagement, and were provided with instructions to complete the Cycle 2 online survey. Notes from all the sessions will be posted here

Partner meetings - In the last week, SFUSD leadership met with over 100 participants from multiple district partners including Migrant Ed, the Special Education Community Advisory Council, the African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC), and Labor partners to provide an update on the Resource Alignment Initiative and collect feedback on the process. 

📅 Upcoming Events 📅

Please mark your calendars for the following important events, organized by date:

Register for an in-person community session to learn more about SFUSD’s plans to co-locate, merge, and close schools. Community members will be asked to complete an online survey to give their input on the importance of each criterion. You can complete the survey without attending a community meeting. 

  • Thursday, May 2 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at Willie Brown Middle School
  • Thursday, May 2 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at Burton High School
  • Saturday, May 4 - 10:30 am-12:00 pm at Redding Elementary School
  • Saturday, May 4 - 1:00 pm-2:30 pm at Mission High School (primarily in Spanish)

Now through Sunday, May 5Complete an online survey to inform SFUSD’s decisions about school co-locations, mergers, and closures. 

Monday, May 6—The District Advisory Council (DAC) will hold its regular meeting to discuss the recommendation for criteria to determine school co-locations, mergers, and closures. For more information about the DAC, see the agenda here and this webpage.

We value your continued involvement as we strive to enhance our schools and community. We encourage you to participate in these events and share your insights.

Weekly Update: April 19-25

April 22 District Advisory Council Meeting 

On the evening of April 22, the District Advisory Council met virtually for their regularly scheduled meeting. The discussion focused on the Resource Alignment Initiative’s Focus Area 4: Invest in Priority District-Wide Programs. Here are the agenda and slides from the meeting. During the discussion, district staff shared contextual information about Special Education programs, shared contextual information about Language Programs, and helped the council align on an outline of May meetings. You can learn more about the District Advisory Council and see materials from all of its meetings on our website.

 Community Engagement

After extensive outreach in multiple languages, SFUSD collected over 10,000 survey responses from the first survey between March 28 and April 6. Over 650 participants joined the first Virtual Town Hall on March 28, and 700 participants attended in-person community sessions, advisory council meetings, and committee meetings to provide direct feedback on the criteria.

Ten themes emerged from feedback gathered during the in-person community meetings.

Community members highlighted ideal outcomes of the Resource Alignment Process equity and academics that closely resemble SFUSD’s commitments including:

  1. Safe, welcoming, positive, and stable school cultures and environments
  2. Equitable distribution of resources and opportunities
  3. School access -  schools conveniently located within neighborhoods or have transportation provided, as well as an equitable geographic distribution of schools
  4. High academic performance
  5. Importance of social-emotional development in students
  6. Access to special programs - including language pathways, specialized instruction for students with differing needs
  7. Qualified teachers in every classroom and reducing turnover rates of teachers and other school site staff

Community members also shared constructive feedback on the engagement process, which district staff are using to improve cycle two. Some examples include:

Feedback

SFUSD’s Response

There are concerns about impacts on popular offerings like small class sizes, K-8 programs, and bilingual programs.

Many of these offerings are what make SFUSD’s schools special. Having fully enrolled and resourced schools will create rich learning environments for every student in every school.

There’s skepticism about the data being used, a feeling that data is being withheld, desire to understand underlying causes of low enrollment.

Facts about our current school portfolio have been presented to the District Advisory Committee and are available on the Resource Alignment Initiative website. Information about our decision-making process including meeting materials and the results of the first survey are on our website. We are always open to making corrections and additions where needed. 

There are concerns that the root of the budget problems will not be addressed by school closures. 

School closures will not save enough money to address the district’s financial deficit, that’s why the Resource Alignment Initiative has five focus areas to address the issue in multiple ways. The goal of Focus Area 5: Creating a new portfolio of schools  will create strong and supportive learning environments for our students.

Using criteria like school discipline, attendance, academic performance, facility condition, and cost per pupil are in opposition to the goal of Equity.

Some criteria were not rated highly by the community and will not be included. For the ones that are (academic performance and building condition), the equity audit will weigh criteria in such a way that will allow SFUSD to mitigate harm.

The consolidation criteria in the first survey were too vague or could be interpreted in multiple ways.

We added more detail to the criteria and directions to complete the survey. SFUSD staff are available to assist with survey completion at in-person events and Family Liaisons at schools sites are also trained to assist those who need help.

The Spanish translation of the survey was unclear.

We revised the Spanish translation in 24 hours and added quality assurance measures to prevent unclear translations.

How will impacted families, students, teachers, and staff will be supported through the changes?

We are creating a One Team transition plan to support affected school students, parents, and staff.

The next cycle of community engagement begins on Thursday, April 25. In this cycle, community members will be asked to complete a second survey to give their input on the importance of each criterion. As with the first cycle, SFUSD will reach out to community members in multiple neighborhoods throughout the city and provide translation and interpretation to ensure an inclusive process. After incorporating the community’s feedback, Superintendent Wayne will present the recommended criteria for mergers, co-locations, or closures to the Board of Education in June 2024.

📅 Upcoming Events 📅

Please mark your calendars for the following important events, organized by date:

April 25: Virtual Town Hall 2

April 25 - May 5: New Survey Launch

  • Focus: Gathering input on the criteria for school consolidation
  • Link: Participate here

April 27: In-Person Community Sessions at Sheridan Elementary School

April 27: In-Person Community Sessions at Roosevelt Middle School

We value your continued involvement as we strive to enhance our schools and community. We encourage you to participate in these events and share your insights.

Weekly Update: April 11-18

Weekly Update: April 11-18

Community-Based Organization Meetings

This past week, we convened three meetings with community-based organizations to gather feedback on the first cycle of community engagement and provide an overview of what to expect in cycle two.

  • Participants found the following to be successful in the first cycle:
    • Facilitated meaningful discussions with in-person, Spanish, and Cantonese sessions, improving community engagement.
    • Enhanced transparency and communication about district decisions involving grassroots-level community-based organizations.
    • Increased understanding among parents regarding the nuances of school district operations and decision-making.
  • Participants identified the following areas for improvement:
    • Differentiate criteria for mergers, closures, and co-locations to effectively address schools’ unique needs.
    • Maintain consistent language across sessions and use plain language to clarify complex topics.
    • Provide clear decision-making criteria and support families with survey completion.
    • Set clear financial targets and engagement metrics for underrepresented groups.

District leaders will continue to seek and integrate feedback into our future work to be responsive to our community’s needs. 

Survey Analysis - Our research partners at Stanford are currently analyzing 6,849 complete survey responses to inform the design of the next survey.

Event Preparation - District leaders are integrating feedback from the first cycle into our upcoming community engagement sessions.

  • Approximately 700 participants joined our in-person community meetings
  • Approximately 650 participants joined our Virtual Town Hall

Site Leader Updates—District leaders gave school principals a preview of the April 25th Virtual Town Hall, in-person community sessions, and survey.


📅 Upcoming Events 📅

Please mark your calendars for the following important events, organized by date:

April 22: District Advisory Committee (DAC) Meeting

April 25: Virtual Town Hall #2

April 25 - May 5: New Survey Launch

  • Focus: Gathering input on the criteria for school consolidation
    Link: Participate here

April 27: In-Person Community Sessions at Sheridan Elementary School

April 27: In-Person Community Sessions at Roosevelt Middle School

We value your continued involvement as we strive to enhance our schools and community. We encourage you to participate in these events and share your insights.

This page was last updated on June 7, 2024