Posts Tagged ‘teacher’s’

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:


  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


  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


  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


  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”

Annual Teachers’ Night at the Presidio a Huge Success in 2010 – Catered Food and Spoken Word

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Hundreds and hundreds of teachers attended the free 2010 Presidio Teachers’ Night a few days back.

Now teachers, you’re going to want to get in on this catered affair next year. Read all about it below.

There was more poetry and music in 2010 than in past years:

Mark you calenders and see about attending in 2011.

All the deets:

“With education resources growing ever more scarce, Presidio Teachers’ Night, now in its ninth year, provides educators with free resources and opportunities in the park to enhance learning outside the classroom. The Presidio’s 1,491 acres serve as an outdoor classroom to more than 20,000 students and teachers each year.
“This night celebrates the power of teaching to inspire us,” says Lisa Hillstrom, an education specialist for the Trust. “It’s about offering teachers new ways and new ideas to keep their students engaged and keep learning fun.”
This year’s theme, Sparking Creativity: At the Heart of Education, brings a new program—an art room designed especially for teachers that features classroom materials and hands-on demonstrations. The group Youth Speaks will present a series of short spoken words performed by young Bay Area poets, including many who are San Francisco Unified School District alumni. And local artist Nataliya, a graduate of the San Francisco School of the Arts, will capture the evening on canvas in a live painting performance.
There is also a stellar line-up of live music including: the Chinyakare Ensemble, featuring traditional music and culture of Zimbabwe; the Latin American woodwind quintet, Quinteto Latino; Chaskinakuy, highlighting Andean music and culture of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; Grupo Falso Baiano, performing instrumental Brazilian choro music; and  SoVoSo, an R&B, blues and pop a capella group.
Approximately 500 teachers and educators attended last year’s event. A similar number is anticipated this year. Fifty Bay Area educational organizations are expected to take part as exhibitors. For more information visit
Teachers’ Night is sponsored by the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
The Presidio Trustwas established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The National Park Service oversees the coastal areas of the Presidio. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.”

Pwned! This Giant Mural at Zhong Luo’s Dragon House on Mission Teaches an Important Lesson

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The important lesson taught by this giant mural at 4696 Mission down in Avalos Country is this:

Don’t mess with people associated with Zhong Luo’s Dragon House.

Just guessing.

Sifu Luo taking care of business in the Excelsior. Crack goes the humerus:

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Come for the Dragon House Ring Girls Naomi and Michele, stay for the amatuer cage fight series.

In closing,  Zhong Luo’s Dragon House!

California Academy of Sciences Offers Free Admission to Military, Police, Fire, Teachers Feb 1 to Mar 15

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Does that headline make enough sense? It means that if you are a member of the military (yes, including even the touchy touchy Coast Guard), or a firefighter, or a peace officer, or a teacher, then you can get into San Francisco’s awesome California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for free over the next month-and-a half:

“From February 1 through March 15, 2010, the Academy will offer free admission to military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and teachers, in honor of their service to our communities and country. To participate, individuals must show proof of occupation and a valid ID at the ticket window. This discount applies to one individual admission only and cannot be combined with other offers.”

Just think, your camera could soon be recording the most-photographed fish in the world:

This temporary program will save you $24.99.

See you there, hero.

Orchids Everywhere at the Asian Art Musuem – Tribute to Doris Duke Runs Through Sunday

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

In between downpours yesterday, made it over to the Asian Art Museum where they were getting ready for Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke, starting today and running through Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Turns out that Doris Duke was heavy into orchids, she was “collector, cultivator, and preservationist” all in one. Plus, some of her pieces will be on display in the Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma, the new exhibit starting this Friday, October 23rd. So why not turn the AAM into a mini Conservatory of Flowers for a little while, huh?  

Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke
Tuesday, October 20 through Sunday, October 25
Main Lobby, North and South courts
FREE with museum admission

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“Orchids (Orchidaceae) are flowering plants commonly found in Southeast Asia and other tropical parts of the world. This is a botanic description of orchids, but for most of us orchids are the most exotic of plants with an enormous diversity of shape, size, color. Doris Duke, who collected many of the artworks presented in Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, was an avid orchid collector, cultivator, and preservationist. As an homage to Doris Duke and her passion for collecting, for the first time and for five days only, the museum will present a striking display of orchids. The display features arrangements by members of Ikebana International and Ikebana Teachers Federation, San Francisco Orchid Society, San Francisco Garden Club, Asian Art Museum Flower Committee, de Young Flower Committee; floral designers, orchid aficionados, and others.”

See you there!

Meraki Wants to WiFi Your School for Just $8 Per Student, Sort of, If You Act Now

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Oddly-named Meraki wants to WiFi up your K-12 school with a quickness, so all the kids can watch the Lady Gaga (coming December 13th, 2009!) and AutoTune the News without all those pesky wires about. See?

“Meraki, the cloud-based wireless networking company, launched its “Wireless For Schools” program today, offering K-12 schools and districts a comprehensive 802.11n wireless LANat the price of $40 per student or less. The program enables schools to deploy a high-quality wireless network quickly, easily, and at less than half the cost of other solutions in the market. To qualify, schools must contact Meraki and make their purchases by December 22, 2009.”

Now that’s $40 per, but if you get some kind of E-rate rebate aka (Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries (USFSL) from Uncle Sucker, the Feds will kick in for 80% of the bill. I mean, they wanted to pay for the Bridge to Nowhere and they still want to pay for the bulk of the Chinatown subway – the Feds have all kinds of moola. So it’s time to get your fair share. You know…. for kids.

Meraki founders Hans Robertson and Sanjit Biswas want to Free the Net, or something:


“On Sanjit: Marc by Marc Jacobs army mélange jacket with zip-out vest ($528)[!] at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Cotton t-shirt and glasses, model’s own[!].” Photo by Bryan Davis.

All right, get cracking. One Call Does it All: (415) 632-5800

Meraki Offers Wireless Networks to K-12 Schools for $40 Per Student or Less

Meraki’s “Wireless For Schools” makes it easy for schools to deploy a high-quality 802.11n wireless network across the campus

Meraki, the cloud-based wireless networking company, launched its “Wireless For Schools” program today, offering K-12 schools and districts a comprehensive 802.11n wireless LAN at the price of $40 per student or less. The program enables schools to deploy a high-quality wireless network quickly, easily, and at less than half the cost of other solutions in the market. To qualify, schools must contact Meraki and make their purchases by December 22, 2009.

The Hard Sell, after the jump.


UCSF Children’s Hospital Presents “Tomorrow….A Better Day” at the de Young

Monday, May 4th, 2009

San Francisco just saw quite a production – Tomorrow….A Better Day from the UCSF Children’s Hospital at UCSF Medical Center. Teens from The Northwest School came down from Seattle, Washington to do a performance piece based on teens’ experiences with chronic illness and hospitalization.

It was easy to tell the players put a lot of work into it. Here’s a scene from Friday at the de Young Museum‘s Koret Auditorium:

The UCSF Children’s Hospital is something of a hotbed of theatrical productions – take a look here to see other projects the kids are working on. Look for news of future events that you can witness here, on Yelp.

This seems like a great program. Here are the details:


Play to explore experiences of chronically ill and hospitalized teens


UCSF Children’s Hospital will present “Tomorrow… A Better Day,” a performance piece based on teens’ experiences with chronic illness and hospitalization. The play is a compilation of writings by current and former teen patients at UCSF, adapted for the stage by teachers and students at the arts-focused Northwest School in Seattle. Healthy teens from the Northwest School will travel to San Francisco to perform the piece, which captures the many facets of how teens experience healthcare, and shows how creativity and artistic expression marshal the healing process.


Thursday, April 30, at 12:15 PM, and Friday, May 1, at 3 PM
A question/answer session will immediately follow each performance.


April 30 performance – Cole Hall, UCSF, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco
May 1 performance – The de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium,
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


Performers, UCSF Child Life Specialists, UCSF teen patients and their families, UCSF Children’s Hospital leadership


If you plan to attend either performance, please RSVP to Kate Schoen at (415) 476-2557 or On the day of each event, contact Kate Schoen on mobile phone (415) 672-6875.


“Tomorrow…A Better Day” was created with support from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The idea for the project stemmed from the UCSF Children’s Hospital Child Life Department, whose staff wanted to broaden programming and support for the teen patient population. In 2007, the department began offering a weekend creative arts program for teenagers, many of whom were confined to their hospital beds.

One of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, UCSF Children’s Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the healing edge of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital.

Teacher’s Night at the Presidio a Huge Success

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Hey, Bay Area school teachers! Did you notice a smaller-than-normal crowd at your Trader Joe’s last night? Well, the reason for that was this: Presidio Teachers’ Night 2008

Hundreds of teachers came to the Presidio yesterday to learn about a whole bunch of programs for their students. Representatives were on hand from lots of local institutions, such as the Asian Art Museum (check out their MATCHA night tonight at 5:00PM – Japanese Tatoo! Live Demos!), the Legion of Honor, the de Young and the California Academy of Sciences.

Teachers, you want to get in on this catered affair next year. Read more below.

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Presidio of San Francisco (September 29, 2008) — Bay Area teachers will move into the spotlight when the Presidio hosts its annual Teachers’ Night this Wednesday, October 1 from 5-7 pm at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, in the Presidio.


Now in its seventh year, Presidio Teachers’ Night introduces educators to the amazing learning opportunities for students in the Presidio and the Golden Gate National Parks. The park is an outdoor classroom for more than 20,000 Bay Area students and teachers each year. Award-winning, curriculum-based programs stimulate teachers’ professional growth and help K–12 students achieve academically as well as understand and address major environmental and cultural issues in their communities.


The event has grown each year of its existence. Last year 350 teachers attended. More than 500 are expected this year.


Teachers look forward to this event every year. It’s such an awesome responsibility being a teacher these days,” says Lisa Hillstrom, education specialist for the Presidio Trust. “This event really honors them. It’s great to be able to do something for teachers who are doing so much every day.”


The theme of this year’s event, All Over the Map: Re-imagining Geography, connects teachers and students to the physical and human systems of the earth and how we impact those systems in and around the bay and throughout the world. It includes a special presentation on Geography in the 21ST Century by Bob Dulli, the deputy chairman of the National Geographic Society.


Teachers will have the chance to network with other educators, discover opportunities and resources for learning outside the classroom, and gather educational materials from more than 40 Bay Area organizations. In addition, the Presidio Trust will launch a resource guide for teachers keyed to its new exhibit, War and Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines 1898-1915, which opens October 22at the Presidio Officers’ Club.

Teachers’ Night is sponsored by the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Presidio Teachers’ Night 2008, Participating Organizations:
Asian Art Museum
Bay Area Orienteering Club
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Bookmaking with Kids
California Academy of Sciences
California Geographic Alliance 
California Science Teachers Association
California Watercolor Association
Crissy Field Center
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Headlands Institute
JASON Project 
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Just Think
KQED Education Network 
Marine Mammal Center
Mission Dolores 
Museum of Children’s Art
National Geographic School Publishing 
National Japanese American Historical Society
National Park Service
Oakland Museum of California
Presidio Dance Theatre
The Presidio Trust
Randall Museum
San Francisco Airport Museums
San Francisco Cable Car Museum
San Francisco Public Library
Shakespeare On Tour
Slide Ranch
The Society of California Pioneers
University of California Berkeley 
U.S. Geological Survey
The Watershed Project
YMCA Presidio & Point Bonita