What We're Reading: Hidden Gems, Being Black at Lowell, and More

posted Sep 27, 2016, 9:16 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 9:16 AM ]
Here are the latest articles being shared around the PPS-SF office. 

Gordon J. Lau Elementary School         Highlights:• Recipient of the 2016 California Department of Education Gold Ribbon Award, the Exemplary Arts Program Award and the Physical Activity & Nutrition Award - the only school in San Francisco to earn all three awards. It previously earned the 2014 California Distinguished Schools Award.  • Recently updated state-of-the-art computer lab and library, and a new playground. • Majority of teachers are longtime staff, with one teaching for 52 years at the school.   • Students learn different types of dance, including hip hop and traditional Chinese line dancing. The group performs in the Chinese New Year Parade, and has won awards.  Photo: Wright
From SFGate
What's the trick to getting your kid into a public school in San Francisco? That's easy. Don't get your heart set on the most popular school that's at the top of every parent's list. Last year, Clarendon had roughly 94 applicants for each available spot (when seats taken by siblings who get top priority are excluded). read more

Football players from Mission High School in San Francisco made headlines across the country when the team, as a unit, refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest against the oppression of people of color in the U.S. It wasn’t the first demonstration by district students for that cause this year. Back in February, a student at Lowell High put up a display mocking Black History Month, and the school’s Black Student Union reacted by staging a walk-out. Black youth currently make up two percent of the student body and the struggle for inclusion persists. read more

From Education Dive
Today’s kindergarten classrooms are much more academic than those that came before them, and parents face the pressure to get their children ready for these rigorous environments. The Washington Post reports research from the University of Virginia has shown a major shift from 1998 to 2010 to more worksheets and literacy and math instruction in kindergarten, with fewer teachers saying they have stations for art, science and dramatic play and many more saying kids should learn to read by the end of the year. read more