What We're Reading: PPS-SF Staff Inclusion Week Reading List

posted Dec 8, 2015, 2:23 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Dec 8, 2015, 2:24 PM ]
December 7-11 is SFUSD Inclusion Week. Here are a few articles from around the web that we are reading right now. 

From The Guardian

One of San Francisco's toughest schools transformed by the power of meditation
There was a time when Visitacion Valley middle school in San Francisco could have featured in a gritty US crime drama. Surrounded by drugs and gang violence, the kids were stressed out and agitated. read more

From Education Writers Association
The first time I heard a preschooler explaining a classmate’s disruptive behavior, I was surprised at how adult her four-year-old voice sounded.Her classmate “doesn’t know how to sit still and listen,” she said to me, while I sat at the snack table with them. read more

From EdSource
The half-dozen California districts in the collaborative known as CORE last week introduced a new indexfor rating school and student achievement that will include measurements of school climate and culture as well as students’ social skills and attitudes toward learning. The first scores will be issued when the index is released in February. If allowed to continue after that, the School Quality Improvement System could become an alternative model for school improvement and inter-district collaboration in a new era of federal and state accountability. read more

From The Edvocate
A recent study out of Ohio State University found that preschoolers categorized as having special needs or disabilities learned more with at least some time in mainstream classrooms than outside of it. “We found that children with disabilities get a big boost in their language scores over the course of a year when they can interact with other children who have good language skills,” said the study’s co-author and a teaching professor, Laura Justice. read more

From The Examiner
This week, we are celebrating the many ways students from all backgrounds and abilities are included in our classrooms and communities and taking a look at how we can continue to become more inclusive. It’s not just happening in San Francisco. Schools across The City and the country are celebrating Inclusive Schools Week. read more