The Coleman Update • August 31st, 2015  

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



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TONIGHT: 1st Bayview PMAC meeting of the school year


What: 1st Bayview Parents Making a Change (PMAC) meeting of the 2015-2016 School Year

When:  TONIGHT Tuesday 9/1 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: 1715 Yosemite Avenue @ Third Street, San Francisco

Food, refreshments and childcare will be provided!

Join us!


Orientation includes:

★ Meet other parents from SFUSD schools

★ Learn how to advocate for your child and how to organize to make change at your school 

★ Learn skills to be an effective leader in decision-making bodies at your school

★ Make your voice count in your child’s education! 

 For more information contact A.J. Napolis @ 415.710-1964 or


Save the Date 9/26 for CUHJ Economic Summit 

What:  Building People Power in District 11: A one-day summit about creating more just and resilient economies in District 11.

When: Saturday Sept 26th 10am to 1:30pm

Where: Muslim Community Center 4760 Mission St, SF (nearest Transit: Balboa Bart, 14 MUNI)

Hosted by: Communities United for Health and Justice (Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Filipino Community Center, and PODER)

CUHJ is bringing together community leaders to speak about the projects and programs in District 11 that will create more just and resilient economies. The convening brings together organizations and community leaders involved in a wide array of enterprises that reflect the environmental justice principles and economic equity values that are strengthening our communities. The convening will focus on issues including immigration rights, youth power, worker power, and affordable housing.

Breakfast and lunch, childcare, and translation provided.

For more information, contact Mario at 415-333-6267 or


Save the Date: 10/3-10/11 for 6th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout

October 3rd through October 11th the National Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) is hosting our 6th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout, "Invest in Public Education Not Prison Cultivation!" DSC members and allies will hold rallies, marches, forums and workshops across the country to raise awareness about school discipline issues and to support local campaigns working to transform policies and practices.

Coleman Advocates will be co-sponsoring a regional convening of organizations, agencies and school districts, with our Bay Area Dignity in Schools Chapter partners, as part of the DSC Week of Action. More information on this event in a future e-newsletter.

Click here to learn more about the national Week of Action or visit the facebook page here.

If you are interested in getting involved with DSC you can contact DSC Communications Coordinator Nancy Trevino at


Two new School Discipline Reform Resources:

Advancing School Discipline Reform Report

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) just released, “Advancing School Discipline Reform,” a report that explores the latest research on punitive school discipline and zero-tolerance policies, their effects on student achievement and engagement, and a range of more effective disciplinary strategies that should supplant them. An image and quote from a Coleman youth leader is featured as the report cover image.  Download report here




Addressing the Root Causes of Discipline in School Discipline

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments released a planning guide for educators, "Addressing the Root Causes of Discipline in School Discipline," that provides tools to assess and systematically address disparities in school discipline. It describes how to carry out a descriptive analysis of disparities in school discipline and how to conduct a root cause analysis to systematically address school-based factors that contribute to disparities. The primary audience for this guide is school teams and school district teams. Download the guide here


 In the news:

Initial Common Core goals unfulfilled as results trickle in – San Jose Mercury News/AP (Aug 31)

It’s Time to Make College an Expectation for All – evolllution. com (Aug 31)

Uncertain impact of California’s high school exit examEdSource (Aug 30)

Amid criticism, state officials restore past years’ test dataEdSource (Aug 28)

Bright ideas for education: Education experts across the county and state weigh four big concepts – Union Tribune San Diego (Aug 27)

Change our priorities and make justice meaningful again – The (August 27)

California Voters Want Policing Reforms That Politicians Won't Deliver The Atlantic (August 26)

Black Lives Matter: A playlist of powerful StoryCorps interviews – Ted Blog (Aug 26)

The Beast on Bryant will face planning delay – 48 Hills (Aug 26)

The Black Lives Matter policy agenda is practical, thoughtful — and urgent – Washington Post (Aug 25)

How One San Francisco Neighborhood Became “Immune” to Gentrification – Yes Magazine (Aug 24) 



TONIGHT: 1st Bayview PMAC meeting of the school year 

Save the Date 9/26 for CUHJ Economic Summit

Save the Date 10/3 to 10/11 DSC National Week of Action

Two new School Discipline Reform Resources

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