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Poetry from Behind the Walls: "14 Years of Life"

"14 Years of Life" is written by a student of the San Francisco Unified School District Court Schools.  14 Years of Life  by: CAS When I was five, I realized I was alive When I was six, I noticed moms smoked cancer sticks When I was seven, life felt like heaven When I was...


Music Monday: Lyrics you love

Do you find it strange that girls of a certain age all know how to sing “Part of Your World” from Disney’s the Little Mermaid? What is it about certain songs that make us want to memorize them? Is it because we hear them too many times, or because they strike a certain note...


Music Monday: Keeping it classical

What does “classical music” bring to mind? Pianos, orchestras, guys with wild hair throwing their arms around, bugs bunny? Classical music has an interesting connotation in today’s society. It gets a bad rap being associated with stuffy old people, but then parents play it...


Music Monday: Earworms

What is an earworm? A tune that gets stuck in your head. Yeah, the one you keep whistling in the shower or humming while doing the dishes. It tumbles in your mind until you can’t stand it anymore and either a) have to listen to the whole thing or b) you find another catchy...


Music Monday: What song or album triggers a walk down memory lane?

Let's go back in time together. Listen to the full playlist on Spotify. Sense memories are a strong force. When something triggers a memory in this way, it’s almost as if we are thrown back in time, seeing or hearing or tasting or touching that moment of the memory. School age...


Why volunteer on a non-profit board?

Why do you volunteer on a non-profit board of directors?  Belief in a core value of sharing the good things with others.  A core value we learned in kindergarten was to share the good things you have with others. In kindergarten that meant sharing your most favorite crayons...


Music Monday: Middle School Madness

Make your day! Pump it up to the "Middle School Madness" playlist on Spotify. There’s something about the teenaged years that really make us unsure of ourselves. It’s a time of reflection and revision about where we’re coming from and where we’re going. Teaching artists...


When you feel sorrow / I am there with you.

This poem is from The School is a Giant T-Rex, an anthology of imaginative writing from San Francisco public school students. Romeo and Juliet In my mind, Romeo and Juliet kiss in the sky so very dear. You are Juliet and I am Romeo. Like in fairy tales, all live happy ever...


The President whose life's achievements began and ended with the arts

Which former U.S. president would defends arts in schools today?  I paused for a moment this Presidents’ Day holiday to muse upon whether one of the eponymous presidents deserved to be honored as a patron of the arts.  Who could step forth from history to embrace the...


What’s the first song or album you ever played on repeat?

Music can grab a hold of us in a particular way. We’ve all done it, lain on the floor with headphones or blasted it over the stereo in the living room that is now a dance floor. For some, it becomes a karaoke anthem. You know what I’m talking about, that first song or album...


From “job to epiphany”

After 26 years with the Workshop, Cathy Worner is to retire as Finance Director next month. We’ll miss her dearly. In this blog post, Cathy reflects on nonprofit career. Diane Downing and Cathy Worner (L - R) Train of thought from 1986 to 2012: 26 years of learning to...


This poem is going to blow up in your hands

This poem is from The School is a Giant T-Rex, an anthology of colorful, curious, and bold poetry from 2nd and 3rd grade students attending San Francisco public schools.     Watch Out! by Kenny, Age 9 Right now this poem is going to blow up in your hands Right now people...