SFUSD Insider - February 2023
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

As a school district that values diversity, we believe Black History should be celebrated 365 days a year — 366 in a leap year. The diverse histories, experiences, stories and voices of Black people should be recognized, honored, and uplifted every day.


We also value the fundamental opportunity Black History Month offers schools to acknowledge African Americans as critical to the past, present and future, and we recognize the importance, relevance and origins of Black History Month.


It was exciting to participate in the 29th African American Honor Roll Celebration on Feb. 16 to celebrate our African American scholars, their families, and the community. As an educator, I cherish these opportunities to recognize the brilliance of our Black scholars and our collective effort to ensure that they are realizing their boundless potential.  


Throughout the month of February, San Francisco public schools host a multitude of lessons, events, performances and more to celebrate Black excellence. To get the ideas flowing, check out our updated San Francisco Unified School District Black History Month Resource Guide. This guide is a compilation of resources from blogs, news outlets, reference guides and community organizations that teachers can incorporate into units and lessons throughout the year. 


Thank you for all that you continue to do each day in service of students and families.

Dr. Matt Wayne headshot


In Community,

Dr. Wayne

Featured in this month's SFUSD Insider:
National Board Support
SFUSD Commends 16 Newest National Board Certified Teachers

In SFUSD, 16 district teachers have recently earned the distinction of being certified with the National Board Certification Program, the highest level of certification for teachers in the U.S. In addition, 60 teachers in the district have been recertified with the National Board. National Board certification, an optional professional endeavor, is a rigorous assessment of teaching practice. Board certified teachers earn a $5,000 annual stipend from SFUSD. Learn more.

Kindness Month
Kindness Month at Marshall ES
Students and staff at ​Marshall ES are celebrating kindness throughout February in honor of #KindnessMonth! Students participate in daily challenges to spread kindness in their classrooms and throughout the school community, and educators are introducing the concept of kindness and promoting discussion in their classrooms. Learn more.
Alamo ES
Lunar New Year in SF Schools
Schools across the district joined in Lunar New Year celebrations, from marching in the San Francisco parade to events for students and families. Alice Fong Yu K-8 held their annual Spring Festival, which received media coverage from KTSF 26, ABC Channel 7, and KCBS Radio.
Check out Alamo ES, right, as they prepared to participate in the Lunar New Year Parade on Feb. 4!
EMPowerSF Updates
“Working at a school is a family business, and I'm with a group of people who love being here.”
- Kharey Riley, Student Advisor, Redding ES


Read more #WeAreSFUSD stories or submit your own #WeAreSFUSD story for a chance to be featured on SFUSD’s website and social media pages.

Kharey Riley
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Apply Now to Join SFUSD K-12 History-Social Studies Core Curriculum Review Team


SFUSD is seeking innovative, engaging and standards-aligned K-12 history-social studies core curricular materials to support teachers in facilitating dynamic history-social studies instruction for all SFUSD students for years to come. Lend your voice and perspective in influencing the selection of materials that will support history-social studies instruction in SFUSD. Learn more.

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Coming Soon - Social Emotional Learning/Culture Climate Surveys


​Please be on the lookout for the upcoming 2023 Social Emotional Learning/Culture Climate surveys.


Each spring, staff, students (grades 4-12), and families are surveyed regarding their experiences at schools (social emotional learning/culture and climate). These surveys are part of our schools’ and our district’s accountability system, and are one way we measure the Culture and Climate of our schools.


The surveys will take place Feb. 27 - March 15. Learn more.

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Digital Learning Week


Digital Learning Week is our annual event celebrating the work accomplished this year leveraging technology to deepen learning. During the week of Feb. 21-24, we encourage you to share your students' work and learn new tools and practices. Learn more.

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