Vincent Matthews

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)
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)

My first 90 days at SFUSD

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my decades of leadership,…

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)
Parent/teacher conferences are vital for learning about your child’s progress in school. (Courtesy photo)

Make time for your parent/teacher conference

If you’re a parent, you have more than a full-time job. You…

Parent/teacher conferences are vital for learning about your child’s progress in school. (Courtesy photo)
SFUSD is hosting a talk about the Local Control and Accountability Plan Wednesday, Nov. 29.

SFUSD wants you to help craft a spending plan

As many of you know, a large part of our budget comes…

SFUSD is hosting a talk about the Local Control and Accountability Plan Wednesday, Nov. 29.
Since 2008, SFUSD has decreased its energy use by 22 percent. (Courtesy photo)

Why not make every day Earth Day?

Awhile back, the San Francisco Unified School District took a look at…

Since 2008, SFUSD has decreased its energy use by 22 percent. (Courtesy photo)
Teachers at the SFUSD don’t use junk food as a reward for students’ performance or behavior. (Courtesy photo)

Halloween can be fun without the junk food

OK, it’s time to admit something to everyone: I love Halloween. I…

Teachers at the SFUSD don’t use junk food as a reward for students’ performance or behavior. (Courtesy photo)
This past year SFUSD honored four principals with the S.F. Mayor’s Principle of the Year award. (courtesy photo)

Principals deserve thanks for strong leadership

Did you know October is National Principals Month? You may be surprised…

This past year SFUSD honored four principals with the S.F. Mayor’s Principle of the Year award. (courtesy photo)
Submitting an application by Jan. 12, 2018 will ensure families have the best opportunity to get a school assignment of their choice. (Courtesy photo)

How to find the right school for your children

You may not believe it, but thousands of families have begun looking…

Submitting an application by Jan. 12, 2018 will ensure families have the best opportunity to get a school assignment of their choice. (Courtesy photo)
SFUSD’S Next Generation Science Standards encourage collaboration across disciplines to teach students communication, collaboration and problem solving. (Courtesy photo)

Science lessons cook up collaboration

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared how we changed our…

SFUSD’S Next Generation Science Standards encourage collaboration across disciplines to teach students communication, collaboration and problem solving. (Courtesy photo)
SFUSD has opted to use computers for standardized testing instead of pencil-and-paper exams to get a clearer understanding of students’ learning. (Courtesy photo)

Computer testing offers high-res glimpse of student progress

In case you missed it, last week the California Department of Education…

SFUSD has opted to use computers for standardized testing instead of pencil-and-paper exams to get a clearer understanding of students’ learning. (Courtesy photo)
SFUSD’s new approach to teaching math is yielding results. An independent research firm found SFUSD eighth graders are testing ahead of other school districts in math. (Courtesy photo)

SFUSD makes the grade in its new approach to math

A few years ago, the San Francisco Unified School District decided to…

SFUSD’s new approach to teaching math is yielding results. An independent research firm found SFUSD eighth graders are testing ahead of other school districts in math. (Courtesy photo)
Over the past five years, Salesforce.org has donated 26.7 million to SFUSD. This year’s $7 million will be used to expand math, science and technology programs. (Courtesy photo)

Salesforce donation helps SFUSD grow computer science

Last week lightning struck Salesforce Tower and the San Francisco Unified School…

Over the past five years, Salesforce.org has donated 26.7 million to SFUSD. This year’s $7 million will be used to expand math, science and technology programs. (Courtesy photo)
SFUSD's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair takes place Monday, Sept. 11 at Mission High School. (Courtesy Photo)

SFUSD connects students with historically black colleges and universities

I’d like you to meet a young gentleman who graduated from Mission…

SFUSD's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair takes place Monday, Sept. 11 at Mission High School. (Courtesy Photo)