Vincent Matthews

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)
ars could look like. (Courtesy photo)

Realizing Vision 2025 requires redesigning the middle grades

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

ars could look like. (Courtesy photo)
Black History month founder Carter G. Woodson, chose February to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, pictured above, and President Abraham Lincoln. (Courtesy photo)

SFUSD curriculum incorporates Black history year-round

It’s February and that means children across The City are reading books,…

Black History month founder Carter G. Woodson, chose February to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, pictured above, and President Abraham Lincoln. (Courtesy photo)
Granada War Relocation Center, the official name of a internment camp for Japanese Americans. During World War 2, the Colorado barracks was surrounded by barbed-wire fencing. (Courtesy Photo)

The struggle for civil liberties has long been carried by ordinary citizens like Fred Korematsu

Do you know who Fred Korematsu is? Tomorrow is his birthday and…

Granada War Relocation Center, the official name of a internment camp for Japanese Americans. During World War 2, the Colorado barracks was surrounded by barbed-wire fencing. (Courtesy Photo)
Principal Joseph Truss, left, and Superintendent Vincent Matthews chat while visiting a sixth grade classroom at Visitacion Valley Middle School during the first day of school on Aug. 21, 2017. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Restorative practices play a vital role in San Francisco classrooms

Have you ever been bullied or felt physically threatened? We never want…

Principal Joseph Truss, left, and Superintendent Vincent Matthews chat while visiting a sixth grade classroom at Visitacion Valley Middle School during the first day of school on Aug. 21, 2017. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
Vision 2025 is SFUSD’s guiding statement that plans to couple personalized teaching with learning grounded in real life to help students reach their full potential. (Courtesy photo)

Actualizing Vision 2025

Now that it’s 2018, SFUSD has seven more years to realize Vision…

Vision 2025 is SFUSD’s guiding statement that plans to couple personalized teaching with learning grounded in real life to help students reach their full potential. (Courtesy photo)
Mayor Ed Lee visits with second grade students at Bryant Elementary School in the Mission on August 15, 2016 during their first day of school. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

SF schools learn from Mayor Lee’s example

Last week, San Francisco lost a great leader when Mayor Ed Lee…

Mayor Ed Lee visits with second grade students at Bryant Elementary School in the Mission on August 15, 2016 during their first day of school. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD’s commitment to being diversity-driven is one of the district’s five core values. (Courtesy photo)

Take time to celebrate and include all students

Feeling safe and included at school is fundamental for learning. In fact,…

SFUSD’s commitment to being diversity-driven is one of the district’s five core values. (Courtesy photo)
The SFUSD will be the first school district in the nation to recieve a Champions for Computer Science award. (Courtesy photo)

Computer science curriculum prepares SF students for new economy

Let me start by stating the obvious: Some of the skills our…

The SFUSD will be the first school district in the nation to recieve a Champions for Computer Science award. (Courtesy photo)