Learn more about Stevon, though his own words and articles written about him, here.
San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 7, 2014
Written by Guardian Staff Writers
It's important for the school board to hear from the voices of families, and Stevon Cook is exactly that. A third-generation San Franciscan and resident of the Bayview, Cook has the perspective of a large segment of SFUSD students. This may be his first run for office, but Cook has shown his political acumen by racking up key endorsements, including Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, United Educators of San Francisco, and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. Importantly, Cook identifies teacher retention as a key part of his first term. The SFUSD often loses many qualified teachers in their first five years on the job, and the city's housing crisis has only exacerbated this problem. Cook also aims to bolster support for restorative practices, a program that replaces suspensions with constructive dialogue. For his policy choices and his character, he has our strong support.
"Part of Cook’s success is rooted in his initial failures. 'For me, it was easy to feel beat down because I wasn't the top of the class… But through that experience, it was instilled in me that I could take on big projects and be ok with failure and still bounce back.'"
48hills blog, September 2, 2014
Written by Tim Redmond
"There will be at least one newcomer on the board – Kim-Shree Maufas has decided not to seek re-election. [...] Maufas is strongly supporting Stevon Cook."
San Francisco Bay Times, August 21, 2014
Written by Rafael Mandelman
PolicyMatters Journal, March 21, 2014
Written by Stevon Cook
Huffington Post, March 4, 2014
Written by David Vognar
Changing Cultures, Realizing Dreams: A “Ground-Up” Approach to Supporting College Enrollment and Success
OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, July, 29, 2013
Written by Wendy Sedlak
Why So Low
During Stevon's first year working at Thurgood Marshall, students from Peer Resources created a video in partnership with BAYCAT to discuss the significant drop in graduation rates of African American students. Along with educators and students, Stevon is featured in the video discussing the challenges of urban poverty.
Coleman's Solutions not Suspensions:
In this new documentary from Coleman Advocates(colemanadvocates.org), director Kevin Epps (kevepps.com) takes a look at the negative effects of harsh zero tolerance policies in schools and one community's inspiring response. Highlighting Coleman's landmark student-led Solutions Not Suspensions campaign in San Francisco and examining how young people are directly affected by school discipline policies, the film serves as an informative and inspiring education tool. Stevon is featured in the documentary speaking to the importance of restorative practices in schools.
Point of Pride: The People's View of Bayview/Hunter's Point:
The People's View of Bayview/Hunter's Point, a documentary film about the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Point of Pride combines archival footage from the 1950's 60's and 70's with present-day viewpoints and reactions to these images from the past to create a compelling portrait of a community marked by struggle and fueled by hope. Along with historic community leaders like Bela Davis, Stevon is featured in the film discussing what Bayview/Hunters point meant for his family.