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)

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)
Pilot programs at three middle schools in The City are giving sixth graders more personalized, project-based learning.  (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Middle school education gets a makeover

San Francisco is the city that is changing the world, with amazing…

Pilot programs at three middle schools in The City are giving sixth graders more personalized, project-based learning.  (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Incoming sixth graders listen to announcements from Principal Joseph Truss during the first day of school at Visitation Valley Middle School in San Francisco on Aug.21. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Student assessment helps academic progress

The school year just began, and we’re already looking back. At this…

Incoming sixth graders listen to announcements from Principal Joseph Truss during the first day of school at Visitation Valley Middle School in San Francisco on Aug.21. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
A mother walks her daughter to class on the first day of school at Bret Harte Elementary School in San Francisco's Bayview District. (Jessica Christian/2014 S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD takes research-based approach to science

Today is our first day of school. And this morning our students…

A mother walks her daughter to class on the first day of school at Bret Harte Elementary School in San Francisco's Bayview District. (Jessica Christian/2014 S.F. Examiner)
Going back to school can be made easier with advanced planning. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Back to school transition starts with healthy routines

It’s hard to believe it, but school starts for our students next…

Going back to school can be made easier with advanced planning. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Superintendent Vincent Matthews, seen here at Herbert Hoover Middle School earlier this month, encourages parents of SFUSD students to help their kids continue learning during the summer break. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Keep students learning during the summer

This is the first week of summer for our San Francisco public…

Superintendent Vincent Matthews, seen here at Herbert Hoover Middle School earlier this month, encourages parents of SFUSD students to help their kids continue learning during the summer break. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
(Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD grads ready to take on the world

As our nearly 3,000 graduating seniors hand in their term papers, pull…

(Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner)
District officials are facing difficult trade-offs in order to increase teachers’ salaries while addressing the needs of San Francisco’s most vulnerable students. (Courtesy photo)

Difficult decisions part of annual budgeting process for S.F. schools

The school year is almost over, and just like many of our…

District officials are facing difficult trade-offs in order to increase teachers’ salaries while addressing the needs of San Francisco’s most vulnerable students. (Courtesy photo)
A math teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School gives students a quiz on May 2 in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Different paths to classroom draw diverse talent

As I embark on Week 2, it is already clear to me…

A math teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School gives students a quiz on May 2 in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)