As you may have heard there has been a LOT of discussion surrounding school safety and district implementation of its...
An update on the SFUSD Enrollment conversation Last night I participated in a great discussion last night at the Ad...
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...
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?
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.]
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.
I interviewed my daughter and asked her, “What’s your experience with cussing and ‘inappropriate language’ at your school?” Here’s what she said.
Over the past several months, Black Families met in our Northside Black Families group to discuss ways to make our...
I am so proud of the White, Asian and Latinx educators throughout SFUSD who are taking the time this month...
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.
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.
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…
OK… so in case you didn’t know… black people invented stories. Seriously! It’s true! You can read about it by learning about one of my favorite folktale heroes… Ananse the Spider
Analyzing the dynamics of power and privilege in our classrooms, can inform the ways we structure and support cross-cultural dialogues about race.
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.
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.
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.
In a time of “Black Lives Matter” is easy to think racism only exists in Black and White. Asians are not immune to racism. Joanna Bradshaw says we need to talk about “positive” Asian stereotypes and the ways they hurt Asians and support anti-black racism.
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.
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.”
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.
More readers weigh in on Restorative Practices... Since I last reblogged a letter (read it in my last post) I...
Can the past inform the future? Watching recent coverage on the impeachment trial and subsequent acquittal makes me miss my...
On Thursday, February 11, 2016 I had the HONOR of participating in the National African American Read-In at John Muir Elementary. Here are some tips on holding a Read-In to celebrate diverse books at your school!
Currently, not all children are receiving a proper education on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As I work on changing this practice in our district, I’ll be “home-schooling” my kids on this important history with this great list of resources from Shana V. White Ed.S
Guest Post by Mari Villaluna This Thanksgiving many families will celebrate a holiday founded on the genocide of Native people....
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