SFUSD Insider - April 2022
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

April 1st was Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, a day to honor paraprofessional educators – I want to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to each and every one of the nearly 2,000 paraeducators and substitute paras in SFUSD.


Para is a prefix that comes from the Greek meaning “side by side or beside.” Paraeducators include family liaisons, noon monitors, security aides, and teachers’ assistants, to name a few– all of whom play a fundamental role to support our school communities. The positions range from working in the classroom to monitoring the students during their lunch to supporting the students and families when conflicts arise. Our SFUSD Core Values resonate deeply with our paras. They remain student-centered, staying focused on our students and their goals. Paraeducators fearlessly support our students every day. They unite the classroom and advocate for their students. And most of our paraeducators come from the same communities our students call home - bringing the knowledge and willingness to best reflect and support our diverse student population. 

In Community,

Dr. Matthews

Featured in this month's SFUSD Insider:
RASOTA Mock Trial team
Ruth Asawa SOTA Mock Trial Team Places Second in California State Finals
The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA) Mock Trial team placed second in the state at the Constitutional Rights Foundation California State Finals on March 17 - 20 with teams from 36 California counties.
Juan Lopez, Teacher at Lowell HS, Wins RAVE
Juan Lopez, a teacher at Lowell High School, was nominated for his united approach to the classroom.
According to his nomination, Mr. Lopez "has such a calming presence and makes everyone around him feel better. His kindness is contagious! During the return to in-person teaching, Juan has tirelessly been a confidant when needed, but also a cheerleader."
Read about colleagues who have been nominated and those who have won a RAVE award. You can nominate any district employee or team for recognition (except for yourself or an entire school).
EMPowerSF - How to Check if Your Employee Data is Up-to-Date

In the mood for Spring Cleaning? Help us ensure that your employee data is up-to-date. EMPowerSF Employee Central, our new employee information system, provides a variety of features for SFUSD employees to have edit access to employee data all in one place. Having a single “source of truth” for this information allows SFUSD to streamline, automate, and connect business processes across Payroll, Budget, DoT, and HR in order to reduce errors and enhance customer service to schools and central offices. Make sure to keep the following up to date:

  • Address
  • Bank details
  • W-4 withholdings
  • Race/ethnicity data
A one-time dependent data "refresh" period is coming up to allow you to confirm your list of non-dependent beneficiaries should any of them be outdated. Please watch out for communications on the week of April 11.

If you are still experiencing pay issues, please know that we are continuing to investigate and remedy each individual issue of non-payment or underpayment to identify any error patterns caused by a new process or system configuration. Here are steps you can take if you have questions:

  • Update an existing ticket to request assistance. Every issue of non-payment or underpayment is tracked and followed up on. You do not need to submit a ticket more than once for the same issue.
  • Go to the support center at eis.sfusd.edu.
  • Call the DoT Technology Help Desk at 415-241-6476. Team members on the Help Desk will help gather needed information on your issue, escalate your ticket, and/or aim to resolve your matter over the phone, if possible.
“I went to McAteer High School back in the 80s - education makes sense in the trajectory of my life and I want to give back by working with teens, especially in career technical education.”
Rita Molloy, Career Pathways Specialist

Bike & Roll to School Week


Bike & Roll to School Week celebrates getting around under our own power. Whether students are on a bike, scooter, wheelchair, or skateboard, it’s healthy, green, and fun! Walking and transit counts too! Learn about activities that you and your students can do to participate.


April 18 - 22


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SFUSD is proud to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning members of our community in celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month in April. Check out the PRIDE Portal for elementary and secondary lesson plans across subject areas, as well as ideas for school-wide events and assemblies. LGBTQ Student Services has also created Gender Inclusive Language - Guidance for SFUSD Educators.


April 2022


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Register for the First Annual Filipinx Student Wellbeing Conference 2022


Educators, administrators, parents, education specialists, and community leaders interested in learning about the current challenges Filipinx​-​identified students are facing as it relates to their mental well-being​ are invited to the 1st Annual Filipinx Student Wellbeing Conference 2022.


Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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Complex Instruction Professional Development Opportunity for K–5 Teachers


The C&I Math Department is excited to offer a five-day course for teachers with an interest in the SFUSD Complex Instruction program, a pedagogy grounded in research that is centered on students' mathematical strengths and mitigating hierarchical status issues.


June 6 to June 10


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A student at O'Connell speaks on camera with Channel 7
June Jordan Students Find Purpose and Fun in Music Class
Thanks to a grant from Save the Music, students at June Jordan School for Equity are creating music in what's now part of the Music Tech and Production Career Pathway. Hear some of the students' original work and learn about the program in the Bay Current podcast on KCBS.
Teaching and Learning About the U.S. Supreme Court
A world history class at O'Connell HS is studying the U.S. Supreme Court in the wake of the confirmation hearings for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first African American woman to be nominated. ABC Channel 7 visited their class and spoke with students about their takeaways from the hearings.
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