DtD’s mission is to advocate for equitable education solutions on behalf of SFUSD parents. We strive to lift up the diverse voices of parents across the city, to make them heard by elected commissioners and SFUSD leaders, and to ensure their families are served.
We are a collective of SFUSD parents, caregivers, and advocates who are committed to supporting one another and advocating for effective, equitable solutions during the COVID-19 education crisis and beyond. We seek to include the voices of parents across the broad spectrum of diversity that exists in San Francisco, especially those who have historically been marginalized and underrepresented.
DtD defines equity as the practice of providing and increasing just inclusion that enables all students and their families to contribute and thrive.
DtD is in support and alignment with SFUSD’s equity values that provides all students the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.
BACKGROUND & CURRENT PRIORITIES
This parent collective was formed during the summer of 2020 in response to the pandemic education crisis. In a time of incomplete institutional support and responsiveness, we are committed to devising community solutions that support all children's learning and well-being. Parent voices must be present and heard at decision-making tables impacting students in order to achieve education plans that will work for all families. We exist to raise those voices and hold SFUSD accountable for transparency and progress. As of Fall 2020, DtD Parents respectfully encourage SFUSD and its partners to:
Our Change.org petition was developed and reviewed by families across SFUSD, including those deeply engaged in the Mission Y Hub and English Learners Advisory Council (ELAC), and with feedback from Parents for Public Schools and individuals working tirelessly to help families in the Bayview/Excelsior, as well as a number of SFUSD teachers who are also parenting through the pandemic.
HOW WE'RE POWERED:
In the words of former President Barack Obama, “If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing." We are a 100% volunteer-powered grassroots parent group, self-organized via social media as well as traditional "on-the-ground" face-to-face connection and organizing (slightly more difficult in a pandemic era, but not impossible). We do not receive any funding. Minimal costs for events have been supported by small individual donations from members of the group.
DtD's power comes from parents volunteering their time, skills, and resources to achieve our mission of lifting up ALL parent voices across the district. We are currently led by a executive team of five SFUSD parents, who support our larger parent collective consisting of over 500 public school parent volunteers and advocates:
Meredith W. Dodson, MPP, Co-Founder of Decreasing the Distance
Yvette Edwards, California Director at Themis Bar Review & AAPAG Member
Clifford Yee, MSW, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Coro Northern California
As of February 2021, the DtD collective includes members from AAPAC, ELAC, Beacons, and parents, caregivers and advocates whose children attend the following SFUSD schools:
June Jordan HS
AP Giannini MS
Willie Brown MS
Alice Fong Yu K-8
Creative Arts Charter K-8
Buena Vista Horace Mann ES
Cesar Chavez ES
Claire Lillenthal ES
Commodore Sloat ES
Daniel Webster ES
Dolores Huerta ES
Diane Feinstein ES
El Dorado ES
Glen Park ES
Harvey Milk ES
Lakeshore Alternative ES
New Traditions ES
Paul Revere ES
Rosa Parks ES
SF Public Montessori
Starr King ES
West Portal ES
Yick Wo ES
As our numbers grow, parents from other schools continue to join.