Guest Post by Mari Villaluna This Thanksgiving many families will celebrate a holiday founded on the genocide of Native people. When we teach kids that Native people only existed in the past, we participate in their erasure. Many Americans don’t know there are many Native people still fighting for legal recognition by the United States […]
This post is part of a series exploring ways to decolonize Thanksgiving. Read Part 1 of this series here. When I learned about the painful history of Thanksgiving I realized I could no longer celebrate it. After getting more informed about the true history of the holiday, I decided we had to make changes in […]
This post is part of a series exploring ways to decolonize Thanksgiving. Read Part 2 of this series here. As we begin the holiday break, many of us take time to reflect on all that we are thankful for. During this time, we can also reflect on the true history of our country, and the ongoing […]
An update on the SFUSD Enrollment conversation Last night I participated in a great discussion last night at the Ad Hoc Student Assignment Committee, Board of Education Commissioners continued to explore ways to revise our school enrollment system. Shoutout to district staff for putting together a thoughtful presentation and for Commissioner Norton for leading a […]
I’m no longer interested in looking at charts of Black, Native American, Latinx, and Samoan/Pacific Islander lack of success in our schools. I’m interested in seeing what our students are saying about the system. Do they feel welcomed, valued, visible, cared-for, supported, heard, loved?
I am so excited about the work going on in SFUSD’s Curriculum and Instruction Department! Last week, staff made a presentation to the Curriculum Committee to address curriculum and celebrations of Indigenous history in our district. Systemic problems need systemic answers. Over the past several years, many educators have worked to de-colonize social-studies instruction in […]
Last Monday, I attended an SFUSD Board of Education Ad Hoc Student Assignment Committee Mtg. which is taking on the daunting task of implementing a Board Resolution directing district staff to redesign SFUSD’s Student Assignment System. I’ll be transparent in stating I have many “feels” about this work, and whether we should be doing it. I […]
Over the past several months SF Board of Education Commissioners have been have been inundated with emails about the Washington Murals which feature graphic images of a dead native American and enslaved Africans shucking corn and picking cotton. Proponents of the historic mural, many of whom are members of the school alumni association who attended […]
Last year in 2018, 153 students took part as artists in the Arts Festival. We have 54,000 students in SFUSD. That means the percentage of student artists who took part in last year’s Art Festival was only .02%! With numbers like these, many folks are wondering: Is the money we spend on events like the SFUSD Arts Festival really worth it if they reach so few students?
As I look closely at the VAPA budget, I can see discrepancies in where the money is going. I’ve been asking about these for a while now, from the VAPA staff. So far, I’m not getting clear answers…