Our History 2012

PEPS began in late 2011 as a process for creating community conversations to build public support for San Francisco public schools.

We began our work by conducting nearly a hundred brief, uniform interviews with civic leaders, educators, and parents in San Francisco, to gather information that would provide the basis for a proposal about what a wider civic dialogue about supporting our public schools should look like. Learn more about our initial interviews.

After compiling the findings and identifying patterns and overarching themes, we convened a public meeting in March 2012 at the Main Library in San Francisco to share what we learned, describe our plan for moving forward, and pool the wisdom of the group in grappling with critical questions.  Learn more about our first public meeting.

One clear finding from the interview phase was the need to develop clear, compelling goals that capture the imagination of the city and inspire action to build support for SF public schools. PEPS spent Summer 2012 developing a process for small group conversations (community dialogues) to engage diverse populations to develop these goals.

The goals for each community dialogue are:

  • LEARN – Develop a common base of understanding from key facts about SF public schools.
  • ENVISION – Imagine how we, as a city of 800,000 residents, can best support San Francisco public schools
  • GENERATE – Identify common goals for action
  • ACT – Contribute to and/or join the PEPS movement

Beginning in the Fall 2012, PEPS began facilitating community dialogues all across the city. In partnership with a diverse group of organizations around the city, we held dialogues in every district in the city. We also created an online survey so that those who are not able to attend a community dialogue in person can experience the process online.

On September 11, 2013, PEPS held a second public meeting at the Main Library: A report back on the community dialogue phase of the project. Learn more about the our community dialogues.  See detailed results from the community dialogue phase.