Thursday, November 15, 2012

SF principal wins national honor

By Jill Tucker | SF Chronicle 

A San Francisco principal was nationally recognized as the best among the best Tuesday, winning the prestigious Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership from the federal Department of Education.

Liana Szeto, Alice Fong Yu principal

Liana Szeto, of Alice Fong Yu Alternative Elementary School, was one of seven principals from across the country to win the Bell award.

The winners were chosen from among the 314 principals whose schools won a Blue Ribbon Award, the highest national honor for a school.

“You can’t have a great school without a great principal,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a statement Tuesday. “It’s the principal who shapes the vision and sets the tone for their school.  It’s the principal who inspires and models the excellence he or she knows their school can reach. We don’t celebrate success enough in education – and the Bell Award recognizes these principals for the essential work they do every day.”

In the 1980s, Szeto founded and taught at Alice Fong Yu, which at the time was a one-of-a-kind Chinese immersion school. She later became its principal and more recently, converted the school to a K-8 program.
The school was the first of what would become more than a dozen language immersion programs in the district.

Turning Students Into Carpenters: A Glimpse Into Tech 21

By Erica Hellerstein | Mission Local 


Tech 21 is a career-focused program that offers hands-on courses in architecture, construction, engineering and the automotive industries at high schools throughout San Francisco, including John O’Connell High School.

Carpentry instructor Chris Wood teaches an introductory construction course at O’Connell. The students learn about construction materials, hand and power tools, and building design through hands-on projects. They are also required to gain field experience by participating in field trips and completing internships. Those who finish Tech 21 can be eligible for city and union apprenticeships following high school.

The video above, narrated by Wood, takes a look at Tech 21 at O’Connell.