Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The taste of change in a Mission Elementary School

One drizzly Tuesday in San Francisco's Mission district, 20 second-graders squirm happily in anticipation of making "funny-faced sandwiches" with nutrition coordinator Meghan Elliott. Pitas present themselves for decoration; Elliott doles out hummus, cheddar cheese, apple slices, raw spinach, and raisins. "Hummus is kind of like healthy mayonnaise," she explains, as her mostly Latino students eye the mystery spread. "It's made from beans so it's really creamy and full of protein, so it's good for your…" Half of the class immediately responds: "Muscles!"

Read the whole article in Mother Jones.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Superintendent Garcia explains school choice in SF

7 Live interviewed Superintendent Garcia on the topic of picking a school for your child.
7 Live.

The flight of the Middle School Student . .

Where oh where do our students go? A discussion of how/why some families choose to leave Public Schools as their children get older. SF Chronicle.

National Inclusive Schools week celebrated in SF

Watch ABC 7 news' coverage of inclusion in SF schools. ABC7 News

SF Symphony celebrates Centennial, supports SF schools

The centennial year will mark an expansion of educational outreach, including instrumental training in every San Francisco high school through 12th grade, and a new program to encourage amateur musical activity among Symphony patrons.

"The Symphony needs to exist within an active music-making environment. That used to exist more in the schools and the home, but increasingly it's fallen to us to foster that."

Read more: SFGate.com

Bay Area Figures Startling In Latest High School Dropout Report

San Francisco bucks the drop out trend. Find out more CBS San Francisco

SF Concert Raises Money To Fight Bullying - News Story - KTVU San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 25th annual Concert for Kids sponsored by radio station KFOG in San Francisco at the Masonic Auditorium Tuesday night benefited a new cause this year: bullying.

Organizers said the beneficiary of this year's event was the Make It Better Project, a national effort started just two months ago to make schools safer for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and others who are victims of bullying.

Read the story - KTVU San Francisco

Friday, December 3, 2010

Judges Talk to Students About the 'Color of Justice'

Balboa High School law academy students assembled in Judge Charlene Padovani Kiesselbach’s courtroom in San Francisco to hear a panel of judges and lawyers talk about 'the color of justice'. Read the whole story in The Recorder.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Preventing Dropout Effort Starts in Kindergarten

San Francisco Unified School District is putting more money into reducing the city’s 15.8% dropout rate with a $1 million federal grant that comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Read more on KQED's Mind Shift