SFUSD Insider - August 2022
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a restful summer. I am thrilled to kick off the 2022-23 school year with you as the superintendent of SFUSD. 


I just completed my first month in the district, and am inspired by the work of so many of our dedicated, talented, and resilient staff. Your commitment to SFUSD students has been unwavering. I have seen this while visiting summer programs that help students get back on track after the pandemic and seeing new teachers in our Pathway to Teaching program gain real time coaching from experienced SFUSD classroom teachers. I also had the opportunity to spend three days with our administrators as we discussed our focus for the year and how we can best support our students and our schools. 


I have appreciated the commitment to our students even as we continue to deal with ongoing staff shortages and problems with our EMPowerSF system. As we work to develop a shared understanding of what it means in practice to live our values of equity and antiracism, I am grateful to be in a community that is determined to work through these issues to become more united in our service of SFUSD students. I look forward to deepening this commitment through honest reflection and dialogue so that we can uplift best practices and improve upon where we might be falling short.  


I am excited to be serving the students, families, and staff in this vibrant district committed to educational equity and academic excellence. Best of luck in the coming weeks.

In Community,

Dr. Wayne

Featured in this month's SFUSD Insider:
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Mission Educator Project 

SFUSD’s College & Career Readiness launched the first-ever cohort of the Mission Educator Project over the summer! Latinx HS students who are interested in a career in education participated in a paid internship, worked with elementary students in the Mission District, took a CCSF course, and received college and career mentoring. Watch the story on ABC7 News.

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Transgender History Month

San Francisco celebrates August as Transgender History Month! Did you know that SFUSD was the first school district in the U.S. to pass a policy extending safeguards to our transgender students? Our policy serves as a model for school districts throughout the state and the country. For more information about LGBTQ Support Services, visit sfusd.edu/lgbtq. Check out our Gender Inclusive Guidance for Educators.

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CIS Receives National Blue Ribbon School Award
Chinese Immersion School @ DeAvila (CIS) is the recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School Award for 2021. This award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student achievement and symbolize the awesome teamwork between the school staff and parent community working together to create a thriving learning environment where all students are cared for, grow and learn. Congratulations, CIS!
Draven Lee
Draven Lee, Teacher at Grattan ES, Wins RAVE
Draven Lee, a teacher at Grattan ES, was nominated for his student-centered approach to education.
According to his nomination, Mr. Lee teaches his students patience and understanding. "Every week, jobs rotate and three or four kids are given the task of being Supreme Court Justices to remind people to follow the rules. When we need new rules, he asks us for ideas and sometimes lets us vote. He's also very patient and teaches us to be patient, too."
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 Updates
  • New resources
  • Quick guides by role
  • Information on resolved issues
  • Understanding pay statements
  • The July paycheck of certificated staff
  • The 22-23 payroll calendar
  • And more
Visit the training and resources page to register for live training sessions or RSVP for the monthly in-person clinics.
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“It’s really nice to see the connection that I make with people of my culture, and to be that inspiration for them to see they can also be a teacher.”


- AJ Johnson, 2nd Grade Teacher, Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School


Read more #WeAreSFUSD stories!

AJ Johnson
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Digital District Day


The SFUSD Department of Technology (DoT) is excited to announce the 7th annual Digital District Day: Engage, Create, Inspire on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for SFUSD educators, staff, and leaders to enhance their understanding of digital learning, enable equitable access and deeper learning, and build capacity throughout the district.

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Teacher and Learning Collaborative Program


Are you looking for a thought partner to refresh the curriculum, reboot classroom systems, or reflect on practice? The Teacher and Learning Collaborative Program is a free and confidential space for learning together with an SFUSD colleague. Learn more.

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