Myong Leigh

Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh listens during a news conference introducing Dr. Vincent Matthews as the San Francisco Unified School District’s new superintendent on March 31, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Super intentions: Reflections on nine months in SF public schools

As you may have heard, the San Francisco Board of Education has…

Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh listens during a news conference introducing Dr. Vincent Matthews as the San Francisco Unified School District’s new superintendent on March 31, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
(Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

Digital citizenship a priority in SF classrooms

In this day and age, to say that many children and young…

(Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
Starting teacher compensation in the San Francisco Unified School District is in the top 10 percent nationally. (Courtesy photo)

If you love learning, you’ll love teaching in San Francisco

Every day is different. No two students are alike. People become teachers…

Starting teacher compensation in the San Francisco Unified School District is in the top 10 percent nationally. (Courtesy photo)
The San Francisco Unified School District has made great strides in making sure more students are prepared for college and careers.  (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD prepares students for college

In these days of breathless news cycles and attention-getting tweets, sometimes the…

The San Francisco Unified School District has made great strides in making sure more students are prepared for college and careers.  (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Pay attention to patterns of male privilege and take action, even in small ways. (Courtesy photo)

Speak up for sex and gender equality

For my last column of Women’s History Month, I want to address…

Pay attention to patterns of male privilege and take action, even in small ways. (Courtesy photo)
Sixteen students from San Francisco traveled to Washington, D.C., in January to partake in the Women’s March. (Courtesy photo)

Student reflections on a monumental field trip for the Women’s March

Last week, I wrote about how I hoped our female students in…

Sixteen students from San Francisco traveled to Washington, D.C., in January to partake in the Women’s March. (Courtesy photo)
Women rally outside of City Hall on Wednesday in San Francisco for International Women’s Day. (Steven Ho/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Empowering female students central to SFUSD curriculum

By second grade, more than two thirds of male and female students…

Women rally outside of City Hall on Wednesday in San Francisco for International Women’s Day. (Steven Ho/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Thanks to the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, students can stay on the educational track during the summer. (Courtesy photo)

Parents, don’t let students fall trap to the ‘summer slide’

What are you doing this summer? More importantly, what are your kids…

Thanks to the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, students can stay on the educational track during the summer. (Courtesy photo)
The San Francisco Unified School District offers its Peer Resources class at 14 schools across The City. (Corutesy photo)

Peer support a true resource in SF classrooms

On this last day of February, I bring you one more story…

The San Francisco Unified School District offers its Peer Resources class at 14 schools across The City. (Corutesy photo)
Landon Dickey is a special assistant for the African-American Achievement and Leadership initiative in the San Francisco Unified School District. (Gabrielle Lurie/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Reflections from a ‘son of San Francisco’

This week, I would like to share with you an excerpt from…

Landon Dickey is a special assistant for the African-American Achievement and Leadership initiative in the San Francisco Unified School District. (Gabrielle Lurie/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)
In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some of the supporters we hold close to our hearts. (Courtesy photo)

A love letter to the supporters of San Francisco schools

I don’t often gush, but since today is Valentine’s Day, I wanted…

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some of the supporters we hold close to our hearts. (Courtesy photo)
African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglas (who is, in fact, deceased) is one of the many people San Francisco students are learning about all year long in the school district’s Ethnic Studies classes. (Courtesy photo)

It may be Black History Month, but SF students engage in Ethnic Studies classes year-round

We are just a few days into Black History Month. Our students,…

African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglas (who is, in fact, deceased) is one of the many people San Francisco students are learning about all year long in the school district’s Ethnic Studies classes. (Courtesy photo)
The number of homeless students in the San Francisco Unified School District has doubled from approximately 1,000 to 2,000 since the Great Recession. (Courtesy photo)

New partnership works to end student homelessness in SF

As we make our way around The City, we can’t help but…

The number of homeless students in the San Francisco Unified School District has doubled from approximately 1,000 to 2,000 since the Great Recession. (Courtesy photo)
Buses aren’t the only way to get to school in The City, and the San Francisco Unified School District is expanding its biking and walking options for students. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

SF schools expand transit with eye on student safety

It’s great when we solve one problem and end up solving a…

Buses aren’t the only way to get to school in The City, and the San Francisco Unified School District is expanding its biking and walking options for students. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
The Black Family Pathways to Power and College Resource Fair will be held at Willie Brown Jr. Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Educational disparities in SF mirror societal inequities

The San Francisco Unified School District is one of the highest-performing urban…

The Black Family Pathways to Power and College Resource Fair will be held at Willie Brown Jr. Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Students in Jessica Wong's Galileo Academy of Science and Technology summer school chemistry class experiment with paper chromatography. San Francisco's summer school program has more credit recovery classes than ever before. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco educators resolve to uphold core values

As I talk with people about their New Year’s resolutions, I hear…

Students in Jessica Wong's Galileo Academy of Science and Technology summer school chemistry class experiment with paper chromatography. San Francisco's summer school program has more credit recovery classes than ever before. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
A fifth grade student at Bryant Elementary School reads during the first day of school on Aug. 15. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

At SF schools, reading comprehension doesn’t stop for the holidays

Even though school is on break for the next couple weeks, that…

A fifth grade student at Bryant Elementary School reads during the first day of school on Aug. 15. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
A student scans blocks to program a small robot to perform two-step directions during a computer science class designed for prekindergarten students at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in San Francisco on Dec. 8, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

It’s never too early to teach kids about coding

Last week, some of our 4-year-old students did something really fascinating: They…

A student scans blocks to program a small robot to perform two-step directions during a computer science class designed for prekindergarten students at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in San Francisco on Dec. 8, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Inclusive Schools Week at the San Francisco Unified School District addresses one of the fundamental promises of public schools. (Courtesy photo)

Inclusive Schools Week recognizes the right to a free public education

This week, the San Francisco Unified School District is holding special events…

Inclusive Schools Week at the San Francisco Unified School District addresses one of the fundamental promises of public schools. (Courtesy photo)
The San Francisco Unified School District plans to develop a new Arts Center that includes an historic city buidling at 135 Van Ness Ave. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD Arts Center will be a legacy landmark

When talking with someone who doesn’t have kids in our city’s public…

The San Francisco Unified School District plans to develop a new Arts Center that includes an historic city buidling at 135 Van Ness Ave. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)