On June 10, San Francisco parents came together to learn, share, and act for better education and opportunities for their kids. Parents from the Mission, Bayview, and Excelsior communities gathered at College Track in the Bayview for a day of workshops provided by Innovate Public Schools.

Parent leaders Jessica Fontenot and Juana Laura Chavero emceed the event, kicking off the day by sharing their personal experiences in the San Francisco Unified School District. They fired up the crowd with their passion and called on parents to get ready to take action. Then, Innovate CEO Matt Hammer shared the foundation of our work: the belief that every single child can succeed.

Innovate staff shared data on San Francisco’s stark achievement gap in the city, followed by workshops on how to support your child on the road to college and what a world-class school looks like.

The event also featured parent leaders from Redwood City who shared the story of their work and how they were able to successfully bring new schools to their community. Community organizer Eva Orbuch explained the organizing cycle.

To close the day, all participants took action by using their phones to send an email to SFUSD’s new Superintendent Vincent Matthews, welcoming him and encouraging him to focus on closing the achievement gap.

If you were not able to attend Parent Power Day, you can still send Superintendent Matthews a note to tell him that you care about closing the achievement gap. It takes two minutes and can make a difference!

Join us at our next community meeting to learn more about how you can take action for better schools in SF:

Bayview Community Group Meeting

June 22, 6 – 7:30 pm

1485 Bayshore Boulevard, Suite 438

San Francisco, CA

If you can’t make it, but want to get involved, please contact Eva Orbuch (eorbuch@innovateschools.org) or Sean Hardy (shardy@innovateschools.org).