The Coleman Update • April 22, 2015  

A weekly update on issues, policies and actions affecting children, youth and families in San Francisco.



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Today 10:30am - Institutionalized Racism and Inequity: 'Turning the Mirror Inward' in your District.  

What: A Free webinar in the Fix School Discipline Webinar Series 

When: Wednesday April 22nd 10:30am PST

Click here to register

Racial inequity and institutionalized racism manifest across systems, including in education, juvenile justice, health, and child welfare. When Joyce James became the head of the State of Texas’s Child Protective Services Program, she introduced a model to examine and address the disproportionate number of African American and Native American children in the Texas Foster Care System. The model included the examination of disproportionality in other systems, including education.

Findings revealed that disproportionality existed in all systems for the same populations including in suspensions and dropout rates in the education system. The Texas Model resulted in a reduction in disproportionality in child welfare for African Americans and Native Americans and overall. The model has proven to be effective in helping other systems understand the role of race and institutionalized racism as an underlying factor of disproportionality in all systems. 

Join Ms. James, CEO and lead consultant of Joyce James Consulting to hear about this model approach to addressing the underlying cause of racial inequities across all systems, including in education.  Learn about how these principles can be applied to reduce bias and inequities in your school.


Today! 1:30pm: Equity & the New Accountability System: What's at Stake for Black, Brown and Poor Students? 

What: A Free Webinar offered by Ed-Trust West.

When: Wednesday April 22nd 1:30-2:30pm

What does the current debate around accountability mean for equity in education?

  • What are the proposals on the table for California's new accountability system
  • How would the different accountability measures, like the LCFF Evaluation Rubric and others, fit together?

 Click here to register


Saturday 4/25: Community Forum on SFUSD Accountability Plan

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Doors open @10:45am

Program:  11:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 3351 - 23rd Street, SF

Childcare & interpreters provided (request by today April 22nd)

Join fellow educators, parents, students and community activists, as we discuss how we can hold the SFUSD accountable in spending new resources through the state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan, with a particular focus on fully supporting the Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative.

Sponsored by the Close the Gap Coalition Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Jobs with Justice, Service Employees International Union Local 1021, United Educators of San Francisco For more information, and to RSVP: go to or email Gordon Mar at



Fix School Discipline New And Improved Toolkits Available Now!  

Over the past year, Fix School Discipline has worked tirelessly with educators, experts, community and parents to bring you the best and the latest about what is working to fix school discipline and improve student outcomes. The Toolkits are available online in a new, easy-to-read, easy-to-share format.

 Click here for toolkits


Top 5 Not To Miss Tools:

  • How to Integrate Restorative Justice, School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and Trauma-Sensitive Strategies
  • Resources to address racial and institutional bias in discipline
  • A highlight on the Good Behavior Game, an in-class social emotional learning tool
  • School policies aimed at stopping the school to prison pipeline by preventing arrests and citations on school campuses
  • Best practices for “school climate” in your Local Control Accountability Plan

San Francisco Rising is Hiring!

Next month, SF Rising will engage with thousands of San Francisco voters, educating our communities and identifying solutions for the housing crisis, our unfair property tax system, and the widening gap between rich and poor. Come join the movement!

In the past 3 years, SF Rising has joined with our statewide alliance California Calls to help identify over 600,000 Californians who support meaningful progressive reform -- from 2012’s important tax measure Proposition 30 that provided billions of desperately needed dollars for our schools schools, to last year's Proposition J, which will give raises to 142,00 San Francisco workers and make the minimum wage $15 an hour by 2017.

Now, we're looking to hire organizers to build on this work and take SF Rising's vision of an equitable San Francisco to even more people!   We're hiring for multiple positions. Click here for details!


In the News: 

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’, Common Dreams 4/4/15

Economic Disparity Is Seen in California Driver’s License Suspensions, New York Times 4/8/15

Suspension, Restorative Justice and Productive Schools, Wall Street Journal 4/8/15

Filipino families call for more education resources in SFUSD, SF Examiner 4/13/15

Budget Center analysis examining California’s system of state and local taxes, showing that low-income families contribute the largest share of their incomes, California Budget and Policy Center 4/15/15

Study Finds Illegal Immigrants Pay $11.8B in Taxes, The Fiscal Times 4/16/15

We Will Not Be Moved: Tenant Organizing for the Right to the City, 4/17/15

Eviction Crisis 2015: Trends, Impacts, Real Stories, Anti Displacement Coalition 4/21/15



Click here to purchase tickets or here to find out about sponsorship opportunities. Questions? email Samantha at



In this issue: 

4/22 Webinar on Institutionalized Racism in Education

4/22 Webinar on Equity and the New Accountability System

4/25 Community Forum on SFUSD Accountability Plan

New Fix School Discipline Tool Kits

SF Rising is Hiring

In the News

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Coleman parent leaders providing input into the Local Control and Accountability Plan for SFUSD


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