Posts Tagged ‘sfusd’

Does the San Francisco Unified School District Have an “ADA Tiger Team?” Yes, Here’s Its Big Old Truck

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Let’s review:

tiger team is a group of experts assigned to investigate and/or solve technical or systemic problems. A 1964 paper defined the term as “a team of undomesticated and uninhibited technical specialists, selected for their experience, energy, and imagination, and assigned to track down relentlessly every possible source of failure in a spacecraft subsystem.”

So our school district employees drive around the 415 to put the beat down on noncompliant handicapped ramps and whatnot?

Yes, yes they do.

See? 

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But why doesn’t the van have tiger stripes painted on the side? This seems like a missed opportunity…

Asawapalooza! Academy of Art University Hosts Ruth Asawa “Roots of an Artist” Film Viewing and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

It all happens Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Deets below.

Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist - A Film by Bob Toy

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
6:30PM Doors Open
7:00PM Screening
7:45PM Q&A Panel Discussion

Academy of Art University
Morgan Auditorium
491 Post Street
San Francisco

Special guests for Q&A Panel include:
Aiko Cuneo, daughter of Ruth Asawa
Paul Lanier, son of Ruth Asawa
Lola Fraknoi, Director of Ruth’s Table community program
Bob Toy, filmmaker
Susan Stauter, Artistic Director, SFUSD

Admission is free!
Seating is limited, come early

Sponsored by:
The School of Art Education
The Department of Liberal Arts

Mayoral Candidate Leland Yee Announces Plan for Public Schools – Wants Free Muni Rides for Students

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Here’s the whole megillah from Leland Yee.

Board of Education Commissioner Kim-Shree Maufas, City College Board Trustee John Rizzo, and President of the United Educators of San Francisco Dennis Kelly with Senator Yee before yesterday’s presser in Chinatown:

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The highlights of Yee’s plan include:

PUT STUDENTS FIRST

  1. Increase student success with wrap-around “community school” services
  2. Prioritize underperforming schools for community school reforms
  3. Reduce truancy and dropout rates, and expand programs for at-risk youth
  4. Free Muni for public school kids
  5. Promote school-based healthcare services for the entire family
  6. Expand nutrition education to improve healthy eating at home
  7. Bridge the digital divide
  8. Make college a goal for every student
  9. Make the Dream Act a reality
  10. Improve language proficiency for all students

RESPECT AND REWARD TEACHERS

  1. Expand teacher recognition and incentive programs
  2. Teacher Power: appoint educators to city boards and commissions
  3. Develop the best future educators by recruiting the best college graduates
  4. Real affordable housing for educators
  5. Help teachers pay for classroom materials

PROMOTE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

  1. Create network of community partners to expand reach of wrap-around services
  2. Expand and formalize partnerships with universities to share space, service-learning opportunities, and align strategic plans
  3. Expand partnerships with businesses to ensure college and career connectivity
  4. Create alliance of school and parent advocacy groups to improve connectivity and collaboration

ENCOURAGE PARENT PARTICIPATION

  1. Time off to attend school functions and parent-teacher conferences
  2. Support and promote the SFUSD Parent Engagement and Partnership Plan
  3. Community school wrap-around services for parents”

Brandi Chastain Graces de Avila Elementary: National PTA + Jamba Juice = ?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Well, it was on this morning at William de Avila Elementary School on Haight Street, where the Chinese language immersion students got to drink fruit smoothies from Bananaman and also got to meet soccer heroine Brandi Chastain. It all had to do with the National Parent Teachers Association‘s Healthy Lifestyles Month. All the deets below.

The Jamba Juice Bananaman must be channeling the ghost of Jeff Spicoli. Anyway, the kids loved him. Click to expand:

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And here she is, straight out of San Jose, Brandi Chastain herself:

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Parents, including knuckle-knocking DCCC member Tom Hsieh, Jr. (Mayor Gavin Newsom’s friend, camera left), were encouraged by Brandi Chastain to get up and start jumping around, to the delight of the students:

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Well, that was the medium, here’s the message, after the jump.

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SF Promise – Guaranteed Admission to SFSU for All Sixth Graders

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom came to the North Light Court of City Hall this afternoon to announce the kickoff of SF Promise, which is:

“… a collaborative partnership between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), and San Francisco State University (SFSU). It’s a new program whose mission is to have all SFUSD students graduate prepared and ready to pursue a post-secondary education. High school graduates will be guaranteed admission to SFSU and will be provided financial assistance if they meet CSU admission criteria and demonstrate financial need.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom works the crowd of sixth graders. Click to expand:

The director of S.F. Promise addresses the audience of hundreds:

SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia and SFSU President Robert Corrigan. Also present were former Bill Clinton appointee Roberta not your garden-variety lesbian Achtenberg, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assemblymembers Fiona Ma and Tom Ammiano.

“Is Horace Mann in da house? YES! Is MLK in da house? YES!”

A certificate for each of the sixth graders:

Regarding the SFUSD Class of 2015, will this program “cause 3500 lives to be changed,” as it was advertised today? No. But is today’s event a proper use of the bully pulpit? Yes. Yes it is, regardless of the details.

Speaking of which, is this program just the same as the one discussed back in ought-seven? No se, mi amiga/o. It certainly seems little a different than the plan introduced by Aaron Peskin, former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

 

The goals of SF Promise are to:

Increase the number of students participating in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in English and Mathematics;

Increase the CAHSEE passing rate on ELA and Math* Increase the CSU/UC admission eligibility graduation rate;

Increase the number of students attending SFSU; and to* Increase the number of students pursuing a post-secondary education.

The SF Promise Program will support students who are “college willing” to:

Enroll in College Prep curriculum (i.e., classes that fulfill A-G requirements)

Participate with community-based organization to receive support services that improve college-readiness (i.e. mentoring, resume building activities, college knowledge)

Receive admission and financial assistance to attend SFSU

 

More deets after the jump

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