Literacy for All Campaign Update:
CLOCK IS TICKING: SFUSD promised to release the second half of TNTP’s literacy audit of our curriculum and instruction program in December. Then it promised January. Crickets. Oops, it’s now February! The audit has been in SFUSD’s hands since the summer.
SOME PROGRESS, SOME CONCERNS WITH PILOT SELECTION: The district’s work to select and implement a new K-5 literacy curriculum adoption is making progress — which is great news. At the same time, we currently have some concerns:
A curriculum review committee made up of parents, educators, and community members recently selected two curricula for the district to pilot: Benchmark Advance and Into Reading. It is commendable that SFUSD designed an inclusive process for reviewing curricula. However, we are also left wondering about a disconnect and what happened here: the process ultimately led to the selection of two curricula that district leaders previously rated poorly. For example, SFUSD academic leaders said Benchmark Advance did not meet their criteria for high-quality curriculum, and Into Reading only partially met their criteria. The only curriculum that met their criteria, EL Education, was eliminated from consideration after a plurality of the community committee voted for Benchmark or Into Reading as their top choice.
We are curious about what’s going on here and will continue to keep you posted. One thing we learned: some of our parents who served on the ELA committee described the process as overwhelming and that they didn’t feel they had enough training on a very complicated rubric to be able to appropriately provide input. This is concerning and we’re further exploring what’s going on. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining our active Literacy For All Campaign efforts, please contact Tomio ([email protected]).
We want YOU for our Board Bootcamp!
Have you ever thought that YOU might make an excellent Board of Education Commissioner?! Enroll in the new Board Bootcamp pilot run by our sister arm, SF Parent Action! It’s a 5-session program that emphasizes what you need to know about what it takes to effectively serve on and run for the Board of Education. APPLY HERE BY THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD.
Application form is short and sweet!
RSVP for our February parent meeting:
Everything you need to know about school site budgeting.
Have you noticed at your school? School planning and budgeting is underway! Ever wonder how your school site priorities get folded into the overall district budget? Join us on February 16th, at 12pm over Zoom to learn best practices from other parents who have served on their School Site Council. We’ll also hear from special guest, LCAP Coordinator Tim Burke, on how you can get your concerns heard at the district level and influence our district’s budget decisions. RSVP HERE 📆
Did you know? Our schools could get million$ in facilities upgrades.
On Thursday, January 26th, at our last monthly parent meeting, we heard from SFUSD Facilities Department Head, Dawn Kamalanathan, about an exciting new potential bond measure for 2024 that could bring millions for facilities improvements to our schools. This was the first of many conversations her team will hold to get feedback on their plans. Curious to see where your kid’s school falls within the list of repairs and renovations needed? Find out here.
📢 ACTION ITEM: The first opportunity for parents to get heard by the Board of Education on this topic is March 7th meeting. What do you think? How about we focus on the nuts & bolts–heating, ventilation, electrical, school site safety? No school facility should be deteriorating. Let’s keep SFUSD boring and commit at a basic level: NO school site should be in the red!
High School Task Force Listening Sessions.
The SFUSD High School Task Force is hosting a series of community listening sessions this month, to hear from families about what you want to see in our high schools. The first session is this Saturday, Feb 4th 9am–12pm at Presidio Middle School (450 30th Ave.). Let’s make sure every high school student at SFUSD can access the opportunities and instruction that supports their learning so that they graduate career-and-college ready.