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This is a blog for parents and educators to share information, about how to support our children in Bay Area Public Schools. As an involved parent, I am interested in moving “beyond the bake sale”, to support our academic success for all children. By becoming informed and asking questions we can create public schools of the highest quality — I encourage you to join in on the conversation! [Click the heading to learn more.]

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It’s high time we started tearing down the belief that “grading” schools somehow informs parents or improves education. Not only does it unnecessarily worry parents, it’s unfairly blames teachers, increases segregation in our communities and undermines our public education system as a whole.

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This coming September 24, 2016 we are organizing an event to bring together family advocates like you from schools across the district. All of our children lose out when we have separate and unequal schools – kids of color more than White and more affluent kids, but we all lose.

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Matt Haney, SF School Board president is learning that raising “provocative” questions about racism can be downright dangerous. What is the value of renaming schools?

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My “great idea” of bringing Black families together was not met with open arms by all staff at my daughters’ school. Despite some initial pushback, though, I’m starting to see positive change.

4th Annual Black Family Day

This fall, I’m excited to share that there will be TWO upcoming events sponsored by SFUSD via the African-American Achievement and Leadership Initiative and in partnership with the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators, 100% College Prep, Mo’Magic and other amazing organizations focused on helping Black students access college and career opportunities. Please spread the word […]

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Recommendations for Teachers and Parents Many students (and adults) suffer from anxiety. Fortunately, when I was a teacher, I always had my parents as a resource. My parents were psychologists who specialized in anxiety: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety to be specific. It’s only because of this that I was able to better support students. I heard […]

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Family communication is often the last priority when implementing programs. Here are recommendations for educators to better inform and engage families