Have I Mentioned I’m Running for School Board? As if I didn’t have enough projects already… Anyone who knows me personally knows this year has been a doozy. Last year at this time I had just helped my dad, who had Parkinson’s and advanced Alzheimer’s, move into a Board and Care home. My mother and […]
Over the past several months, Black Families met in our Northside Black Families group to discuss ways to make our schools safe welcoming and supportive for Black children and families. After several conversations we agreed to team up, and meet directly with principals in our childrens’ schools. We also let our area superintendent know we […]
This is a blog for parents and educators to share information, about how to support our children in SF 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.]
I have recently been working with a group of Black families in neighborhood schools to ensure they have systems and structures in place to ensure they are safe and affirming for our kids. In an effort to support the work of SFUSD educators dedicated to equitable and inclusive schools, the following are helpful lessons, videos […]
Why is SFUSD still using a hodgepodge approach to addressing systemic bias in our schools? Last Saturday, my friend’s daughter (who happens to be one of the only Black kids in a mostly Chinese-American school) was told by a peer, Black kids should only play with Black kids, Chinese kids should only play with Chinese […]
SFUSD Enrollment season is upon us! This Friday, letters go out to students and families letting them know which schools they can enroll in in this fall. Now that my girls are in the 3rd grade, it is easy to forget the anxiety and worry that many parents are currently feeling. They say: “Hindsight is 20-20.” With that in mind, I thought I’d take a moment to provide some perspective for parents who may be nervous right now.
Earlier this month Board of Education Commissioners Sanchez and Cook proposed a resolution which would make changes to SFUSD’s interim assessment policy. Most notably it would allow teachers to opt out of district assessments. Unfortunately, parent voices have been absent from the conversation.
Anti-racist parenting is one of the MOST important ways we can create a tolerant, inclusive world. Here are some resources for busy Bay Area parents.
Use these artists’ work as inspiration for your own protest-poster making, or do family art to celebrate love, equity, and justice for all people.
Sharing personal stories can be a powerful weapon in disrupting negative narratives about People of Color. These videos and discussion recommendations are a helpful resource for educators and parents interested in addressing hate in our schools.
How do we address the hate and violence we are seeing all around us? The answer lies in the way we socialize our children in our schools.
How do you prevent your child from internalizing the racist messages that are so prevalent in our society? Here are three simple ways…
I was originally going to write a post about the beautiful inclusive posters I’ve seen for teachers to post in their classrooms. But I couldn’t. Here’s
I reached out to my good friend and poster diva Tula Jeng for some advice. Based on our convo, I put together a quick and “nasty” list of tips and tricks to help any family whip up some really great posters in no time flat!
You’re never to young for social justice. I’m sharing these resources with my girls as we prepare to participate in upcoming political actions this week.
The SFUSD Board of Education recently approved a resolution charging the district to define clear protocols in addressing hate and bias in our schools.
I interviewed my daughter and asked her, “What’s your experience with cussing and ‘inappropriate language’ at your school?” Here’s what she said.
A report back from the SFUSD Ad Hoc Student Assignment System Committee meeting. How can student assignment better integrate our schools?
Analyzing the dynamics of power and privilege in our classrooms, can inform the ways we structure and support cross-cultural dialogues about race.
The prospect of a Trump presidency has brought with it a rise in hate crimes and a heightened visibility for white supremacy in our country. As disturbing as this is, recent events have had at least one positive side-effect. More and more White educators are embracing conversations about race. I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways […]
As we weather the highs and lows together, I’ve found myself talking with my daughters about self-care.
As the Black students from elite schools across the country testify, it’s STILL hard to be young, gifted and Black in our nation’s elite schools.
The big transition into middle school has finally put conversations about smart phones, social media, online safety, in our lap. Here are my updated recommendations for using a Technology Contract to talk with your tweens/teens about tech safety.
There seems to be no way to avoid the bile coming out of Trump’s mouth. So, while we’re talking about it… let’s use this as an opportunity to fight back agains rape culture by discussing these things with our kids.
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 […]
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 […]
It’s important for parents to communicate with teachers about our high expectations for our children’s schooling. Below is my list of expectations for all my child’s teachers.
Many school staff assume families know how to navigate schools. Unfortunately, traditionally marginalized families, such as Black, Latino, low-income and immigrant families, often lack the basic information they need to support the success of their children. Schools that want to support the success of ALL children can answer the following questions for families.
Talking about our entire public school system like it’s Armageddon is not only overblown, it does a great disservice to the many dedicated students, families and teachers that pour their time, money and hearts into our schools. There are hundreds of tiny miracles happening in our urban public schools each day that never get media attention. It’s time we analyzed why the “failing public schools” narrative is so pervasive nowadays. Who profits when public schools fail?
I recently became the proud mother of two middle school students. We all know the transition from elementary to middle school is a big one for kids. I’m realizing this transition is a big one for families too. With that in mind, I’m taking time to write down my experience in the hope that it will help other educators and parents can better partner with one another to ensure our kids success as they embark of the fun, stressful, exciting and crazy ride that is the middle school experience.
“School choice” is all the rage. Thus, modern parents are faced with a harrowing set of decisions about which schools will best serve their children. This is especially true in cities where, we are told, “bad public schools” lurk around every corner, and “good public schools” are in short supply. With so few spots to go around, parents who choose to apply “most requested” schools may worry their child will find themselves without a school in the fall.
These teens are a great reminder of what young people can do if given the opportunity to contribute.
Learn more about SFUSD’s courageous decision to discontinue funding for Teach For America (TFA) and why this is a good move for our neediest kids.
Share these great videos with your kids to think about our their sugar intake and healthy eating. Are you up for the challenge?
I put together a short Snapchat video showcasing one of the best FREE resources I know in our city for informal learning: your local SF Public Library.
Who would have thought our family would be getting into skateboarding? That I would associate girls and skateboarding? Not me.
This Monday Inspiration comes from Zuri and Stacey Ann who are great at modeling social justice conversations with kids. This mother daughter conversation on their YouTube channel: LivingRoomProtest, they hold a “living room protest” in response to Lila getting told that “girls don’t have muscles.”
Is the “maker movement” really new? How makerspaces are just another example of “what’s old is new,”
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch skillfully relates two forms of discrimination: racism and discrimination against transgender people. In doing so, she sets a great example of using a familiar concept like racism to explain the ways transgender discrimination works to kids.
Parents need to partner with schools in helping kids make healthy food choices. Here are ideas to get your family cooking kid-friendly snacks for your next class party.
Healthy “choices” aren’t available for many low-income families in our country. What are you doing to help children at your child’s school?
I am sick and tired of parents who have NO experience with public schools, stereotyping our hard-working, caring and knowledgeable teachers, our active and engaged parents, and our bright and creative students… STOP TRASHING OUR SCHOOLS!
One of San Francisco’s favorite past-times is bashing SFUSD’s School Assignment System. But is a “broken lottery” really to blame for the White Flight from our city’s public schools?