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your seats, we'll begin our regular board meeting of the board of education of san francisco unified school district. today is june 12. and this meeting is now called to order. roll call, please. [roll call] >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you. if you would like, please join
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us for the pledge of allegiance. please stand. [pledge of allegiance] thank you. section a is accessibility information for the public. section b, opening items. item 1 is the approval of board minutes of the regular meeting from may 22. i need a motion and second. >> so moved. >> second. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: any corrections? seeing none, roll call vote, please. [roll call] >> clerk: 6 ayes.
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>> president mendoza-mcdonnell: this is a reminder that speaker cards for the regular agenda and closed session are necessary. if you wish to address the board of education, members of the public are reminded that an individual can complete a speaker card prior it the item being called. we will not accept cards once the item has been called. if you hand a card over, we will not honor it. and presented to -- please give it to ms. casco. according to board rules and procedures, speaker cards will not be accepted for an item already before the board. our first item is the superintendent's report. dr. matthews. >> thank you, president mendoza. i must begin our remarks by congratulations our golden state warriors. [cheers and applause] on winning their third nba championship in four years. today fans celebrated began with a parade in oakland.
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congratulations, warriors. [applause] it is officially the first week of summer, but that doesn't mean learning stops. it's essential that children learning through the summer months. most children will lose some of the skills they develop throughout the year if they don't continue to practice this. this is referred to as summer learning loss. there are school sites across the city open for enrichment programs, career exploration, credit recovery, college-level courses, math acceleration courses and more. many programs' registration periods may have closed, but there are still opportunities available. the public library and rec have several great drop-in, summer learning opportunities. also, our school lunches do not stop. every weekday from june 7 through august 17, 2018, anyone under the age of 18 can receive a free lunch and/or free snack.
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this is at 100 sites throughout san francisco. if you want more information on this, please go to our website at i would lake to share some exciting news on math in our district. more students than ever before are talking higher level math courses. we have more students positioned to take a.p. calculus or statistics next year than in any pryer co-heart. 77 latinos took a.p. calculus last year. this next year, 154 students are signed up. the graduating class has earned more math or science credits.
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african-american students are earning one more semester of science than the cohorts before them. finally, all san francisco unified school district community members are invited to join our second annual contingent in the pride parade. this is on sunday, june 24. our district has been a national leader in providing lgbtq support services and inclusive curriculum for nearly 30 years and we're excited and proud to celebrate and represent our core values of social justice and diversity and inclusion in this year's parade. you can find out more including a link to the sign up page at our website, and that concludes my report for this evening, president mendoza. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you, superintendent. item 3 is the students delegates report. >> thank you. for the first time this year, we
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do not have a next meeting as part of this agenda and i will start this off by presenting our cannabis-free school resolution. our goal is to limit student exposure to cannabis by limiting advertising around school property. >> although school ended, the summer never rests. our interns will contact a new item. our interns will start this coming monday. >> we also have an increase on extracurricular activities. we've completed a survey and will present to the rules committee tomorrow with our survey data analyzed. we want to ensure that the students from all schools have access to extracurricular activities. >> unfortunately, today is
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bittersweet, as it is our last day sitting here as student delegates. it's safe to say that we couldn't be more grateful to work with such an unspiring board of education that really cares about the students. i will not forget the values and lessons and i will continue to advocate for these same values throughout my life. >> i just want to say thank you to the board, to the city, my teachers, fellow students. you all have been ir replaceable in my life and for a long time i didn't know what education was. i went to school. i studied. i learned, but i didn't know the individuals that made my education and the education of 56,000 students in our district possible. my time on the board really changed that. sitting here alongside allese great people and hearing the stories from people that stand
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up and raise their voice, i think i will remember this the rest of my life and i will be sure to take all the things i learned from my time here in s.f. and continue to implement these things years and years in the future. thank you. thank you. [applause] >> pre mensidentza-mcdonnell: i wanted to give board members an opportunity -- go ahead. that's part of the student delegate report? >> yes. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: go ahead. now you are all prepared to think about something lovely to say. >> i would like to introduce our incumbent president, who will introduce next year's leaders who will be filling our shoes.
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>> good evening, president mendoza, superintendent matthews, board of education, over the last year, it's been my honor and privilege to lead the san francisco unified school district council as president. i've seen the passion of superintendent matthews, board of education and all sfusd employees ensuring students' safety and in growth. so behalf of the students, thank you very much. now it's my pleasure to introduce the new leadership team. clarisse aruna. >> i'm a senior. i'm exciteded to represent the filipino-american community and also interested in social justice and women's issues. thank you. [applause] >> we now have galahad mai.
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>> good evening. i'm proud of being an sfusd student. i would like to work with the board to improve. it's my honor to be with the board. thank you. [applause] >> finally, last but not least, my successor, cassandra gatica. it's my pleasure to bestow this gavel to you. i'm confident it will be in competent hands. [applause] >> hi. i'm cassandra gatica, thurgood marshall high school. yea! [applause] and i'm really excited to be
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interim president and leading the student advisory council next year and also excited to lead my fellow peers and this coming school year i'm -- i want to touch with women's rights. [applause] >> thank you very much, again. i know that i'm leaving the student advisory council in very, very capable, very good hands. we're sure you will do an amazing job. [applause] >> and that concludes our student delegate report. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: at this time, i want to offer my colleagues a moment to say something about our student delegates. >> commissioner murase: thank you very much. first of all, i want to welcome the new student leadership, really excited to have your participation. and i want to thank the outgoing
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chair for most student nights being here until late in the evening, grappling with some challenging issues. once a student delegate, always a student delegate, though you may graduate to becoming a school board member or elected official. it's been a pleasure to work with you and please stop by. esther is always here. please let us know how you are doing. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you. >> commissioner walton: i want to thank our newly elected representatives. i want to say, one, thank you so much for your leadership when we had the policy about fees and terms of -- for performances and extracurricular activities. you brought it altogether and led the way in the past and made
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it about our students and what they thought and did so in a thoughtful way. i want to thank you, both, for your leadership on that. i want to wish you the best as you get over this last summer for your high school years and wish you the best for your higher education. i know you will do great things. it's been a pleasure to sit here and serve with both of you. thank you. [applause] >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: vice president cook and then commissioner haney. >> e >> vice-president cook: i've admired our policy as a district. we should be proud of the students we've had. i will say a little more but where are you going next year? >> i will be attending ucla. >> i will be right across the bay at berkeley. >> vice-president cook: impressive.
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i also wanted to commend your leadership on the issue around school performance fees and you stepped right into that. i think that -- there's also been a lot of thoughtful engagement about how to involve your students and these issues across the city. i'm excited that thurgood marshall is represented in leadership next year. t-train, what's up? [laughter] and that we're bringing on new people that are really committed to ensuring that this district is working on behalf of students. students are our biggest constituency and should be driving policy. i want to commend commissioner mendoza for shifting up the seats a bit so we can have the students at the heart of the conversation. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: commissioner haney. >> commissioner haney: i want to thank you, both, for your service. i agree with vice president cook
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that this is a really special part of what we do as a district and i can't imagine having this board without the student delegates. it's not something that's required of school boards and most school boards don't have student delegates. they tried to propose this at lausd. it because controversial and the board rejected it. for us, we can't think of having the conversations without you here and the central perspective that you provide. both of you represent the best of student leadership in our district. i know i got to know you when you were meeting around making sure that folks had -- young people had a voice and an opportunity to vote. and i hope that you continue that both now in san francisco and in the future, that young people should be at the table, should have their voices heard on the things that matter to them. and i want to thank the folks and welcome the new delegates.
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really, we look at student leadership as a pipeline. i know you're supported by a very strong s.a.c. and trained new leaders and made sure that people are prepared to sit up here next year. i thank you for that and they're only able to do their work here because you are informing them and have a strong sense of representation around them in terms of what matters for students. thank you. go, bears. go, baby bears. [laughter] really great choices. sorry. i went to cal. that's what they called them. no. they're extraordinary schools and you will do great things. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you. commissioner sanchez. >> commissioner sanchez: thank you, president mendoza. i, too, want to congratulate our student delegates. i want to echo the sentiments of
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my colleagues with your work around student equity and right to have performances to our schools and to do it in a way that made sense. that went through rules and was going to the full board and you put the brakes an it so we could have more thoughtful conversations, so thank you. i want to welcome and congratulate the new student leaders as well. it's the cal bears, right? and ucla bruins? face-off. no. i'm a double slug from u.c. sainta cruz. thank you. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: i wanted to invite chief kevin truitt to come up and make some remarks. >> thank you, president mendoza.
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it is bittersweet as we say good-bye and so long and good luck to our student delegates. you guys are amazing, absolutely amazing. on a selfish note, you have no idea how hard these guys work. they are here several nights a week, several hours, many, many hours, and on a selfish note, i owe you a debt of gratitude. now that i am no longer a principal, i don't have go-to students to fill my heart. so you being a part of the third floor and letting me get to know you and work alongside you and work closely with you is something that i look forward to. you're the best part of my job. i will tell you that. you're the best part of my job. all of you. we want to send you off.
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on behalf of all of us, a gift for you. [applause] and you didn't ask where sojay was going. announce, please -- >> i'm going to be going to harvard next year. [cheers and applause] just a little school in boston, my hometown. so thank you, thank you, thank you. we love you and wish you all the best. for the new students, i want you to say, you're in for a treat. again, we keep impressing -- they keep impressing us year in and year out, but cassandra from thurgood, she may look tiny, but
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she's a powerhouse. she's dynamite. they're amazing and we're in for another great year. thank you for stepping up. to the three of you, all the best. we love you. [applause] >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: congratulations. thank you so much for all of your service. it's been -- i know it's hard herding cats at times and the leadership skills that you have demonstrated have been tremendous. we wish you the best at harvard. >> bring a jacket. and the gentleman behind you, has a few degrees from harvard. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: and cassandra, from one female president gavel to another female president gavel, congratulations. i'm excited to work with you. and to the student delegates
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coming in, congratulations. we look fore word -- forward to working with you. it's been an honor. your leadership and ability to capture the voice of the students has been critical for us and we really look to you to share with us what's on the ground and i think you both have done a tremendous job in doing that. i think part of what we are looking to do is to build city leaders. and so on behalf of the board and our late mayor ed lee, we had a -- we have a scholarship fund that we've been able to allocate to a number of students. this year we gave it to 23 students, but we saved two of them for the two of you. [applause] we are going to be giving berkeley and ucla $1,000 towards your tuition this year to help
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you out a little bit. i know that you both have worked extremely hard. and one of the things that mayor lee was adamant about is not only be exemptplary students but models for your community. and he wanted to be sure that you were doing some form of work and being on the school board is a perfect example of a form of work. it provides you with an experience that you can take with you going forward. so we hope that this experience has been a positive one and you will reflect on it as you move forward. to the both of you, we want to honor you by giving you the scholarship and thanking you for the time and energy you have devoted to the board and the students of sfusd. thank you, both. [applause]
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>> goodbyes are really hard. thank you for indulging us in that. these two have been really special for us. item 4, we'll be recognizing several other scholarships that have been provided throughout the school year. so we'd like to make some other scholarship announcements and some awards that were provided. if we could have the representatives from united administrators of san francisco, united educators of san francisco, and the filipino educators of san francisco. come on up, whoever is repping, and share with us who will be getting -- or who got more scholarships, thank you. >> good evening, president mendoza-mcdonnell, superintendent dr. vincent matthews. i'm a former high school principal and it always gives us joy to honor graduating high
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school seniors and on behalf of united administrators of which i serve as co-executive director, we give nine scholarships to nine high schools one year and nine to the other nine the succeeding year. and this year, we gave our principals, who are our unit members, the chance to pick deserving graduating seniors scholarships in the amount of $1,500. so let me name the recipients this year. from balboa high school, elizabeth ambrosa. [applause] >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: why don't you list them all and we'll give a round of applause? >> from county community, jason
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christian. from hilltop high school, the recipient is anna ramirez. from independence high school, where the principal is anastasia claster, the recipient is ieda allen. from abraham lincoln high school, where sherry manalang is the principal, the recipient is beatrice flores. from lowell high school, where the principal is andy ishibashi, the recipient is loreen fudge. o'connell school of technology, where the principal is susan ryan, the winner is or recipient is -- not the tony, that was sunday -- arcell navaro.
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from s.f. international, where julie kesler is the outgoing principal, the recipient is lady augustine herrera. last but not least, from ida b. wells, consider the principal is catherine crinkle, the recipient is hyram diaz. thank you very much. [applause] >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you. congratulations to all the uasf award rep recipients. how about uasf? >> we have seven recipients. we'll read their names. i was not able to get their high schools that they were attached to. but we did each -- we always good for a diverse group of students from across the city
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and we're also very much enjoying the opportunity to support a group of beautiful and brilliant, young scholars kevin inge, lison chan, sabrina lynch, amy clock and raven elias. and our scholarships are named for former uesf presidents and other people that have contributed. and we host a party,too, which is so fun. next time we'll invite you all. thank you. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you. and congratulations to all the uesf award recipients. freedom. >> thank you, president mendoza, dr. matthews, board commissioners. real quick, we were able to
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re-establish the filipino-american educators and employees sfusd organization. [applause] you may know there are over 500 employees with philippifilipino ethnicity. and this year we were able to award 11 students scholarships. from lincoln high school, emanuel malig. from balboa high school, dominik rimo. from burton high school, melanie caro. from hilltop high school, maueren veleno. and lincoln high school again, jessa colo. and the academy, celine kristie sivantes.
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this year as well, in the name of president mendoza's late but great mother, beltran mendoza from school of the arts. [applause] >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you. congratulations to all of those award recipients. all right. so that was our student portion of recognition. item 5 is recognitions of valuable employees rave awards. there are no rife awards tonight. section b, continuation to item 6, advisory committee reports and appointments. item one, report from the parent advisory council, the p.a.c. if i could have the p.a.c. representatives join us.
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>> good evening, ladies and gentlemen. superintendent dr. matthews, commissioners. i'm sarine. i'm the vice chair for the parent advisory council. i have a 9-year-old daughter that is at guadalupe elementary school, who is going into 4th grade. >> good evening, superintendent, president, and commissioner, i'm john amar, chair-elect for next year. i have two children at alamo going into first grade and second grade. and i wanted to thank the student delegates for their service. so this is year-end report to the board of education for the parent advisory council. this report provides an update on activities of the p.a.c., including work we did in the
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2017-2018 school year. they collaborated with discussions with those that live on treasure island. many families impress a sense of isolation, feeling of being forgotten and want to ensure that their voices would help to shape any transportation system by the district or city as a whole. participants ask that we share the messages with district leaders and san francisco city officials. students have different needs and choose schools based on transportation. how can you discount us out here? no library, no school, limited community youth programs. and they say, come here. visit us. and they emphasized that more in
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once. in late april, the p.a.c. was invited to sacramento by the opportunity institute to participate on a statewide panel to discuss the stake holder engagement with the chance to highlight the work as a collaborative, areas that we need to build upon and why the work is important and one aspect of the work that we need to rethink is how to shift to a sustainable model of gathering stake holder feedback, especially as we support efforts for all students to be more inclusive and transparent. many schools are modelling the practice, others need support to engage the communities, particularly families and students that benefit from the state funding formula and district priorities. >> at a p.a.c. meeting in april, we revealed and discussed the
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policy to provide feedback. p.a.c. members agree with the policy, but have questions about accountability and implementation. questions that we have heard, for example, who is held accountable? who is responsible for the follow-up? how do we get the support that we need? the p.a.c. shares this feedback with other programs. we have community and school partnerships and ask there they attended our meeting on june 6. we discussed family culture and climate surveys. p.a.c. members wanted to discuss the possibility of using the survey for family feedback for areas of concern that we've mentioned during the stake holder engagements.
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we want to know building community, relationships, and culture sensitivity. how they raise their students' access to technology, academics, and those provided to community planners. long-term absenteeism for students, and, finally, understanding restorative practices and implementation at their schools. p.a.c. members would like to see that they should share the results of the survey more broadly with families across the district, as well as plans to adjust the service from the survey. it may be challenging to change these questions since the survey is part of the favors of the nine school districts, including
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ours. >> and the rest of the report is h brief summary of the work t the p.a.c. has done over the last year it's the for you to read at your leisure. we've wanted to make sure that you had the information available to you. thank you, again, for a productive school year and we're ready for any questions that you may have. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: great. thank you, both. and thank you to the p.a.c. for continuing to share ideas and bringing voice to the parents to us. any questions or comments? commissioner murase? >> commissioner murase: thank you. thank you for the report and members of the p.a.c. for taking time to reach out to other families in the district and i want to acknowledge the leadership of georgia williams that shepherds the p.a.c. in a solid, steadfast way.
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thank you. >> i want want to say, georgia has been a fantastic help. thank you for acknowledging her. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you. any other questions or comments? seeing none, thank you, again, for the report. >> thank you. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: next item, if i may, i would like to move the items from section h up under these reports. so section h is the update on the san francisco alliance for my brothers and sisters keeper and update on the support and achievement of african-american students in san francisco unified school district. if there is no objection from my colleagues, i would like to move that up. great. thank you. and, mr. superintendent, do you have -- do you want it tee this up for us? >> thank you. so this evening, we're going to
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have -- bringing up both items? >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: yes. >> so two reports. the first is an update on the san francisco alliance of my brothers and sisters keeper. presenting to us this evening will be the executive director of human rights commission, cheryl date davis and hope s.f., bill mueller. and then we'll have a report of all african-american students' achievement and that will be special assistant to me, mr. dickey. >> good evening. thank you, president mendoza-mcdonnell, superintendent matthews, commissioners, it is sobering to present on something that was a signature commitment of the late mayor ed lee. it's a pleasure to be here.
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we thought it important to thank the san francisco unified school district, which was a signature, critical partner for us for my brothers and sisters keeper. i know this board has come before it many times confronting our students and district, pacific islanders or latino students. and we know that we cannot do this without each other. i want to thank the board and the school district for being a critical partner. so i just want to briefly go through the timeline of what my brothers keeper was and eerie to think back to the president that was in office when this first started. 2008, 2012, there was a robust
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focus. in 2014, president obama launched the my brothers keeper challenge to cities across the country. he asked for mayoral leadership. i remember being in mayor's chambers with president mcdonnell and it was debated whether or not san francisco would sign on and mayor lee was unequivocal and we were an early adopter. over a series of 18 months and many, many community forums including several in which many of the commissioners, including commissioner haney, commissioner walton, spoke at and others, we launched an action plan, which you can find at and there was a commitment on behalf of the school district for a five-year, longer-term alliance what was really signature and i will hand it over to director
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davis, mayor lee found a home for this work appointing cheryl davis as director of the human rights commission, regarding permanent funding and this aligned with our children framework. the short story, really, the san francisco alliance for my brothers and sisters keeper was about the data across the course. it was about looking at kindergarten readiness. the impact of violence and juvenile justice on our young people. of course, high school graduation rate and the precipitous decline of low-income familiar lives color being able to stay in san francisco. and the alliance had a direct and explicit focus on racial inequality in the city and county of san francisco and the intergenerational trauma that our families were experiencing.
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so we launched this with a bold goal to do something different across the life course. >> so thank you, again, for the opportunity to share. cheryl davis, human rights commission. 5 want the superintendent to know that i'm watching the timer and i will try to stick to my time. i want to hit some things pretty quickly. want to recognize and thank the full board of education, the commissioners, for this opportunity and president and vice president for giving us time and space. there are some of you with us tonight. we launched the mbsk youth council. that has been picked up by opportunity youth united. we'll be using them as community action team for san francisco this is trying to show that the heart of this, it starts with the youth and it builds from there. and we want to make sure that mbsk is moved by young people. the next most important part is
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our community collaboratives. those partners in the packet you have, there's a list of the five and one of which is post secondary pathways with being focused on how we're supporting young people how they graduate from sfusd and what that process looks like. and then lastly the larger partnership with ocof, which has been doing the groundwork around data collection. we want to make sure that that table has both city and community and that the city is responding to community. and we're grateful and want to acknowledge that we're building on the work that's been laid, the foundation of the partnerships that we have with the district. the life course framework, the dual generation approach. i've been very happy with the partnership both through the superintendent but that has been
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advocated for from president mendoza-mcdonnell as well as commissioners walton and cook, who have been very supportive in helping us to navigate these frame works, mrwhether it be wi families or schools. we were able to do a training with office of counseling, with all the counsellors. i think it's 200 to 300 that we did over the course of two days. there is in your packet a resolution that the hrc put forward for data collection that we'll move forward. want to thank superintendent and those that presented on the data being presented and being willing to partner with that, the lit's -- literacy work and looking at what are the ways to support and build up young people. the other thing i want to call
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out, c.s.i., community safety initiative, which you have a packet for. stanford did an evaluation of that program and you have the white paper and the glossy in your folders that highlights that work. this year, we're expanding the pilot through funding from silicon valley foundation to san jose. oakland and t i so both san francisco foundation and silicon valley. thank you for partnering with us on that effort. what we want to continue to build on and this is something that the superintendent has mentioned, building on pitch, an initiative from the differestrsd the superintendent. we want to do more with professional capacity. the superintendent had offered up the possibility of doing some of the trainings in august of the institute. want to visit that and drill down. the first round has been focused on african-american students . d
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as we develop the curriculum, there's very little material for our a.t.i. community. so being intentional about how we build that out and what it looks like. we've done some workshops at community and school and want more intentional and build on what we've done. this is a quick snapshot of what we've done, h.r.c. has done in the last year or so. the equity ambassadors that we work with five schools. 51 youth. want to recognize the supervisors from the districts gave the youths certificates for taking that on and working within their schools. they did gender equity work, racial equity work. the speaker series, which has seen more than 2,000 folks. and then presenting on the curriculum that we've developed across the nation as well as we were able to take students from wallenberg to hong kong to
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present on the work they did. grateful for the partnership, but want to figure out how to do more and what that looks like. the transformative mind sets, which we talk about and how do we build this work and be intentional? we're working with university of san francisco, stanford, as well as duke, to drill down on what is the actual impact of the curriculum that's been developed and to have it be more of a strategy that can be used. trying to tie it to the work that's been done. and this is a sample of the work we did with students at wallenberg. 69% of those students from the b.s.u. shared what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. i want to recognize and acknowledge the superintendent and commissioner cook, who really helped us with some of the challenges and issues and helped to elevate student voice and want to recognize that john o'connell had 300 of the 450
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students sign the petition and that the administration at john o'connell has actually bought into the three requests from the students. those requests are in you your folder as well and they're working to implement what the students ask for. this mind-set about depth versus coverage and having intentionality with the students. and then collaborative culture. this is where we want to work with the district, dealing with family and community engagement. literacy program, you have samples of the curriculum we've been doing that we've been working on that we work with u.s.f., library and other places with. the john lewis books and then the workshops we did this year. grateful because a lot of schools sent students. roosevelt sent students over and then other schools with larger numbers. so we saw probably 200 students
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in that workship. -- workshop. we're grateful. mr. miller and mr. dickey have been working on this for years we're grateful for the opportunity to present to you this time around and what we're actually asking for is the ability to continue to partner and be more intentional about professional development and those trainings that can happen and sharing the curriculum that's been informed by community and young people. as we developed that curriculum, it's in that space. really thinking about how we can be intentional, thinking about the literacy work, and i know we've talked in the past to kevin truitt about some of the work that they're doing around literacy and some those in schools and we're able to partner in be in that. and the data coherence and access. we're grateful for the partnership with mr. dickey, but do think as we build this out to
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include our pacific islander and latin population that we need to have additional support and that there can be somebody that's dedicated to this. we really want to work to show the progress that's been happening and w think that we need a person that's able to track what's happening in communities and make the direct correlation between community partnership and school partn partnership and what makes the difference. as young people are getting support in schools, we don't want to discount the impact of partnership with communities. we think there are great partnerships that need to be elevated and the best way to do that is to have someone assigned for that. so, again, thank you for this opportunity. we're really looking forward to it. i know the last one will require a little bit more, but the first two, we're hoping to move forward and be able to implement
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for the next school year and begin during the summer. so i will pass around, lastly, i will give it to -- samples of the curriculum and then i wanted to just share these wonderful posters that the students made around gender equality and being upstanders and not bystanders. and, lastly, sample of the curriculum that's culturally responsive and that deals with african-american songs, slave songs. it deals with really looking at sojourner truth and what it looks like and what it means? and when we talk about persistence, that we have folks who persisted even before and how do we recognize and acknowledge that. with that, i will say, thank you, again, for this opportunity. i started to bring you books, because folks that are here know
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that i love to do that, but i was walking and had three bags, so couldn't do it. >> president mendoza-mcdonnell: thank you very much. so i do have -- i don't, actually. i have something for the second item. i want it thank you, both. it's an important initiative that we've been doing collectively and have seen some impact already. the idea that we are all on the same journey and that we're not doing a variety of different things without really thinking about how collectively we can impact our young people has been really critical. i want to see if there are any communities or questions from the board. the board.
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>> it is because that through this work we have young people developing their own curriculums, and schools will outlast and there will things -- there will be things they can leave behind and take leadership on. it is something they will develop and will be a grand for a while in the schools. we can't say this about every collaborative in every initiative and everything that we've worked on. with the work that we have been intentional with, it actually aligns with vision 2025 goals and alliance with what we want to see happen in the schools. it is not always easy to see the connection and the correlation and the alignment of what we want to happen in our schools, along with what we are trying to do in the community. that is an important piece that everyone needs to understand as we talk about this work. the last thing i want to say is one of the things that you do
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very well, director davis, is how you, not only use academia even the work of our institutions of higher education, not just here locally but across the country. but also how you use them to provide value and step up and be a real participant in all of the work and take ownership for our community, starting with the younger generation. that is something, that if we don't do anything, we need to make sure that all the work that we do have some piece of connection to higher education for the black and brown kids and for minorities. so they can always be exposed to higher education in every piece of the work. that is one thing that we see throughout every piece of our collaborative. i want to highlight that and say to you why for that. it is important. it is important for our kids to see that opportunity exists for them, particularly in the city. we have so many institutions and
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you are able to bring everyone together at the table. thank you for this report and we have a lot more work to do. there is a lot more i want to say but we don't have a lot of time this evening. thank you. >> thank you commissioner. >> i really appreciate the presentation too. as a quick anecdote to the report, it actually led me to visit all of the county jails in san francisco. i saw that, you know, we were six% -- 67% of the county jail. i went to all of them, asking about what services they were for incarcerated parents. because of your work. so the data being on the table, and all of us coming to grips with it and looking at it, and asking ourselves why, you are at the front of that and i just admire the persistent focus on
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it. it is influencing the way i served in this position. thank you for continuing to wait -- reach out. i want to ask a quick question since we are here about if you would speak to you a bit of what you think is a pain point with trying to connect with the district and if you think it is going really well. mr davis, maybe you can speak to that. >> those of you who know me tend to know i am really direct. i will say, i have been -- i want to be honest, superintendent has been very accessible. i think one of the things that we have talked about historically, is how do we -- because there are certain economies that have to go to school. how do we begin to figure out
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what are the things that we can actually push? it needs to happen. i just met with somebody today. what is great about that, is when schools have certain needs, they can cater to those certain needs. at the same time, as we think about what are the standards for some of our community-based organization partners, i don't know that you all can do that, but if we can think about how are we saying, what is the best way to support certain demographics, and how do we say these are the five things that people coming in to work with this population should all be capable of doing, or have gone through. what i am hoping to say is, you know, i've talked to reverend brown about this as well. what is the workshop, what is a training that we will ask people to go through? that is its. other than that i have to be honest, i am really grateful for the partnership that is here now and i credit that to working with you, commissioner cook, as well as commissioner walton and
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the leadership of superintendent matthews. >> it is a great question. i would also say to the point of best practice that the focus on race and placed through data, that the district has allowed has been extraordinary. the pitch schools don't perfectly align, but they pretty closely do. we know where our families are living and we know where the families are who are disproportionately impacted in san francisco. we know where they are. the district has absolutely opened up a data conversation where i can track my young person, and we can look at that family and how many brothers and sisters live in that house and i can go and work with providers. that model will allow us to keep
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families of san francisco and move them up with the mobility pathway. the issues are challenging, but if there is more that can b done, in confidence, there is not that many. and we are seeing that. >> i knew both of you would be honest. if we were going to talk about this we would have to be straight up with what is going on. and you all are, i would say what you say warm commanders, right? you are not going to let up on solving this. another interesting thing i want to point out, i really appreciate the generational approach. we can't talk about literacy unless we talk about job placement, housing, and how all of this is compounding on itse
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itself. so you guys has been very much on top of looking at all those things. we had a presentation that spoke to a lots of this also. is she still involved in this work? >> she is. >> in what way? >> she is an advisor. you need to sizzle and the state. she brings the sizzle, to be perfectly honest. >> just to build on that, i mentioned their social equity lab is working with us on it really understanding developmental, the brain and what that looks like or it -- and the impact of trauma. i would be sure to share with you on june 29th of where we will be at mowatt and we will have the woman from duke university who is doing evaluation for us and building out the scope for us to think about what is the training that we are doing due to support