SFUSD Insider | April 2024
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

Happy National School Library Month! As a former English teacher, one of my favorite places in school is the library. The library is a special place for many reasons -- it’s a nurturing and inviting space where our students experience all things literary, from reading to writing to exploring the world of knowledge. In SFUSD school libraries, our teacher librarians create rich learning experiences for students that include culturally responsive book clubs, comic book arts, 3D printing, origami and building sets, podcasting, and video studios, just to name a few activities. I want to honor our school librarians, who create spaces every day for our students to connect outside of class.


Literacy is not only important when it comes to school libraries; it’s also a priority in our classrooms. In fact, on March 26, the Board of Education adopted new Language Arts core curricula for grades PK-8. The new curricula will debut in the 2024-25 school year. This is quite a milestone – it has been at least 10 years since the last adoption of a Language Arts core curriculum in SFUSD – and is a testament to our commitment to our ambitious goal to raise third-grade students’ reading level proficiency to 70% by October 2027. Professional development for our staff of this new curricula will take place in Summer 2024. 


Finally, I am happy to announce that applications are now available for SFUSD educators and other SFUSD employees to apply for affordable housing at Shirley Chisholm Village, SFUSD’s first affordable rental property that will prioritize SFUSD educators and employees. The deadline to apply is April 23 at 5:00 p.m. 


Please keep reading this month’s newsletter for updates about these topics and more.

SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne


In community,

Dr. Wayne

Featured in this issue's SFUSD Insider:
Students with laptops

Balboa Game Design Academy

"Inside Balboa High School, students in Mr. Peery's class are hard at work building video games. Make no mistake, while these games may be fun to play, designing them is hard work." Watch the full story on KTVU News.

Ida B. Wells attendance liaison Vern Rustrian

Reaching Out to Chronically Absent Students

"Two days a week, Vern Rustrian knocks on the doors of students who have given up on school. This might seem like a simple assignment. But at Ida B. Wells High School, few things are straightforward. As one of just two continuation high schools in San Francisco, it provides a last chance to students who are at risk of dropping out." Read the full story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Shirley Chisholm Village

Apply for Affordable Rental Housing by April 23

Applications are now open for Shirley Chisholm Village, SFUSD's first affordable rental housing project for educators and other employees! Learn more about the application process or apply directly on DAHLIA.


Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 23.

Galileo Biotechnology Career Technical Education students with Dr. Wayne

2024 Career Technical Education Showcase

On March 27, over 155 students showcased and celebrated their learning with over 50 industry partners at the 2024 Career Technical Education (CTE) Showcase. Fourteen schools with 35 CTE pathways were represented. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this event a success!

Dr. Wayne with 2024 Youth Summit attendees

Student Advisory Council Youth Summit

The Student Advisory Council Youth Summit took place on April 5, and attendees participated in student-led workshops and engaged in meaningful conversations about the issues that matter most to them. We appreciate those who participated in supporting our students!

Principal Ann Marin of Sanchez Elementary


“I love my job. I love my school community. I love my job.” 


- Ann Marin, Principal, Sanchez Elementary School


Learn why Principal Marin finds her job so fulfilling on KALW.


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

Frontline Education logo

Transitioning to a New Enterprise Resource Planning System

SFUSD is taking steps to transition from our current payroll, finance, and human resources systems – including EMPowerSF – to a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system called Frontline and a Human Capital Management Suite (HCM) called Red Rover. The target date for fully implementing these new systems is July 2025. Learn more about the transition.

Three students in a row

Resource Alignment Initiative Community Outreach

Meetings to gather community input on draft criteria for school co-locations, mergers, and closures will be taking place virtually on April 25 and in-person from April 27 to May 4 across the city. View the schedule or register to attend a session.

Golden Gate Bridge against neon blue, pink, and yellow colorblocks

2024 Citywide Youth Arts Festival

Celebrate the creativity of SFUSD students and the dedication of SFUSD arts educators at the 2024 Citywide Youth Arts Festival! Visual art exhibitions will be on display throughout San Francisco, and a performing arts showcase and digital media screening will be held on April 27. View the schedule.

Progress pride flag

SFUSD LGBTQ+ Pride Month


Every April, SFUSD proudly celebrates our LGBTQ+ community. Since 1990, LGBTQ+ Student Services has provided SFUSD with the tools to further our vision of welcoming and affirming schools for all of our LGBTQ+ students and families. Visit the SFUSD Pride Portal to find activity ideas, lessons, and more!

Superintendent Wayne in front of "Unleash innovation" and "Grow understanding" posters

KALW - Looking Ahead with Superintendent Matt Wayne


To understand how the Resource Alignment Initiative will work and what this all means for the future of San Francisco’s public schools and their students, KALW’s Executive Producer Ben Trefny had a conversation with Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne. Listen to the interview.


Three staff members

Administrative Professionals Week


Administrative Professionals Week is April 21-27, and Administrative Professionals Day is on April 24. Thank you to all of SFUSD's administrative professionals for your help in keeping the district running!

Student Nutrition Services staff dressed as school lunch heroes

School Nutrition Employee Week

School Nutrition Employee Week is April 29-May 3. Thank you to everyone at Student Nutrition Services for nourishing our students. You are all school lunch heroes!

Overhead view of school building

Facilities Master Plan Update


The Facilities Master Plan is a 10-year work plan for SFUSD's properties. It includes building enhancements to keep schools healthy and safe, program expansions to better serve students, and responses to demographic trends and policy initiatives. Learn more about the progress made on the Facilities Master Plan.

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