Vincent Matthews

SFUSD Superintendent Vincent Matthews chats with students of the S.T.E.A.M. class during a tour of his alma mater, Herbert Hoover Middle School, on May 12. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

New beginnings for SFUSD students, staff

Who’s back today? Many people! It’s a day of new beginnings for…

SFUSD Superintendent Vincent Matthews chats with students of the S.T.E.A.M. class during a tour of his alma mater, Herbert Hoover Middle School, on May 12. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Most teens need at least eight hours of sleep to do well in school, and may need help to reduce distractions before bedtime. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Getting ready for the new school year

Can you believe that the new school year is just around the…

Most teens need at least eight hours of sleep to do well in school, and may need help to reduce distractions before bedtime. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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Learning doesn’t stop in the summer

This is the first full week of summer vacation for our San…

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(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

This graduation season, meet the future alumni of the SFUSD

Do you hear the sound of clapping and cheering? This is the…

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
School administrators and para-educators are crucial to the educational experience. (Courtesy photo)

Classroom contributions come in many forms

I love music and listen to it as much as possible. High-performing…

School administrators and para-educators are crucial to the educational experience. (Courtesy photo)
Five educators across the San Francisco Unified School District were awarded Teacher of the Year by Mayor Mark Farrell. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco’s Teacher of the Year honorees

When I think about May, I think Giant’s games, mothers, graduations, sunshine…

Five educators across the San Francisco Unified School District were awarded Teacher of the Year by Mayor Mark Farrell. (Courtesy photo)
The San Francisco Unified School District's  annual Impact and Innovation Awards, supported by residents of The City, celebrate schools that creatively improve outcomes for students.(Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Celebrating impact and innovation across SFUSD

One of my leadership mentors, Patrick Lencioni, says, “Most organizations exploit only…

The San Francisco Unified School District's  annual Impact and Innovation Awards, supported by residents of The City, celebrate schools that creatively improve outcomes for students.(Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
In light of a national teacher shortage, Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to consider what more can be done to support San Francisco educators. (Courtesy photo)

Teacher Appreciation Week a time to reflect on support for educators

Teachers are living proof of the significant difference one person can make…

In light of a national teacher shortage, Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to consider what more can be done to support San Francisco educators. (Courtesy photo)
A school employee walks through the halls of Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco's Bayview District Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD sets service standards across the board

At the San Francisco Unified School District, we are dedicated to putting…

A school employee walks through the halls of Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco's Bayview District Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Adventures in Music program — a music education program for students in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony. (Courtesy Stefan Cohen)

Celebrating SFUSD’s 30-year partnership with the San Francisco Symphony

From Mariachi bands to handbell ensembles, African dance to ballet, you probably…

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Adventures in Music program — a music education program for students in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony. (Courtesy Stefan Cohen)
Mr. Cunningham at Visitation Valley Middle School speaks with students during the first day of school. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD committed to recruiting high-quality educators

It’s no secret that teachers play an important role in shaping a…

Mr. Cunningham at Visitation Valley Middle School speaks with students during the first day of school. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
Graduates make their way to their seats during a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 at Washington High School in San Francisco's Richmond district Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

As graduation season nears, SFUSD works to ensure students cross finish line

It must be spring. Last week, I received the dates for 18…

Graduates make their way to their seats during a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 at Washington High School in San Francisco's Richmond district Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The Public Education Enrichment Fund

Local funding proposal for SFUSD gets green light

Did you know our public schools offer more arts, physical education, librarians…

The Public Education Enrichment Fund
The San Francisco Unified School District's expenses are growing as California revenues are slowing. (Courtesy photo)

SF school district expenses grow as state revenues slow

As tax time rapidly approaches, you might be thinking even more than…

The San Francisco Unified School District's expenses are growing as California revenues are slowing. (Courtesy photo)
Students run to class at George Washington Carver Elementary School in the Bayview. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Helpful tips while awaiting your child’s school assignment

If you are a parent or guardian of a student who applied…

Students run to class at George Washington Carver Elementary School in the Bayview. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of a number of venues across The City hosting the SFUSD Arts Festival. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD Arts Festival showcases student creativity in action

Although painting, singing, dancing, drawing, writing, filmmaking, photography, drama and music-making happen…

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of a number of venues across The City hosting the SFUSD Arts Festival. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Research shows that having healthier school meals is one of the most cost-effective methods of improving students’ academic performance. (Courtesy photo)

Breakfast fuels academic achievement at SF schools

Schools across the country are celebrating National School Breakfast Week. Today, in…

Research shows that having healthier school meals is one of the most cost-effective methods of improving students’ academic performance. (Courtesy photo)
A Stoneman Douglas student waits to board buses to Tallahassee, Fla., heading to the Florida Capitol to advocate for gun control on Feb. 20, 2018. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS)

How SFUSD works to keep students safe

We share in the collective grief and concern following the most recent…

A Stoneman Douglas student waits to board buses to Tallahassee, Fla., heading to the Florida Capitol to advocate for gun control on Feb. 20, 2018. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS)
All San Francisco Unified School District comprehensive high schools and many middle schools have Wellness Centers, which offer counseling and support for students around drug use. (Courtesy photo)

Fact-based curriculum, peer outreach key for SFUSD substance abuse prevention

We know it’s inevitable — at some point our children will be…

All San Francisco Unified School District comprehensive high schools and many middle schools have Wellness Centers, which offer counseling and support for students around drug use. (Courtesy photo)
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Realizing Vision 2025 requires redesigning the middle grades

Change in big organizations such as ours starts with a challenge and…

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