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  • June 20, 2013 10:52 AM | PEN (Administrator)
    Dr. Kurt Fischer and Beth Samuelson, M.A., have both kindly made their EdRev workshop handouts available. Download below!

  • June 19, 2013 2:55 PM | PEN (Administrator)
    Mark Bertin M.D., one of our workshop presenters at EdRev 2013, has kindly given us permission to share his handouts from the workshops. Download them below!

  • June 06, 2013 3:19 PM | PEN (Administrator)

    Ann Farris, 'The Enforcer'
    PEN can only do the work it does because of the dedication of numerous volunteers who have helped us in countless ways throughout the year. In particular this year, we would like to thank:

    Regina Casciato, for her help with EdRev throughout the years
    Emma Elizade, for her help with the Art Contest
    Antonia Estrin, for coordinating the EdRev volunteers
    Ann Farris, ‘The Enforcer’

    Mike Gunn, Photographer
    Mike Gunn, PEN Photographer
    Shelley Haven, for organizing the tech section at EdRev
    Deirdre Kelly, for her help in the run-up to EdRev
    Annette Schutz, for once again coordinating the EdRev Art Gallery

    … and all the EdRev 2013 volunteers!

    Thank you all for the generous gift of your time and talents!

  • June 05, 2013 2:08 PM | PEN (Administrator)
    PEN members and friends! In celebration of PEN's 10th anniversary this year, we are compiling a memory book for our amazing founder Dewey Rosetti. Please send us your messages of memories and appreciation for Dewey to be included in the book! Just use the contact form on our website, or feel free to send a handwritten note to: PEN, 281A 16th Ave, San Francisco CA 94118.

    Thank you!!!
  • June 05, 2013 1:57 PM | PEN (Administrator)

    Dear PEN Members and Supporters:

    As our 10th year draws to a close, I would like to offer a special heartfelt thank you to PEN Founder Dewey Rosetti and the original Board Members and Advisors of PEN who conceived of, and brought to life, this unique organization.  I still remember our first conference focused on Demystifying Learning Disabilities. Over 300 parents and educators showed up which helped us recognize that there was a community of people with similar experiences who desired knowledge and connection. 

    It is simply astonishing for me to think that 10 years have flown by while we have been working together.  Yet, as I talk with other families, organizations and foundations throughout the country about PEN, I feel tremendously proud of how our community has come together to support students with learning and attention differences and what we have been able to accomplish.

    Among PEN’s activities this year were:

    • Speaker Series.  Presented 12 Speaker Series events to over 1,500 attendees.
    • Professional Development.  Hosted three Professional Development workshops with nationally-renowned speakers, including Rick Lavoie.
    • Early Childhood.  Held two early childhood education presentations focused on finding a school that is the right match and understanding sensory issues in the classroom.
    • Parent Meetings.  Organized two parent meetings which provided a forum for parents to connect with and support each other.
    • SAFE.  Piloted a SAFE chapter serving students on the Peninsula, while continuing the ever successful San Francisco branch.
    • SAFE Panels.  Conducted 11 SAFE student panels and presentations.
    • School Liaison Program.  Reinstituted the liaison program where each month over 50 volunteers shared information at Bay Area schools ensuring information about PEN is available to parents, educators and students.
    • San Francisco Unified.  Received grant funding to underwrite PEN membership to select San Francisco high schools, allowing us to work directly with students and educators in those schools to encourage their involvement in SAFE and EdRev.

    This remarkable year culminated in another amazing, celebratory day at EdRev 2013, which this year featured internationally known speakers Sir Ken Robinson and Dr. L. Todd Rose, 100+ exhibitors, a student Art Gallery, 14 workshops, Student Celebration and 2,000 attendees at AT&T Park.

    We recognize that these numerous and noteworthy accomplishments only took place through the dedication and support of the PEN community and supporters like you.  We offer you our grateful thanks and warmest wishes for a joyous summer.  I hope you are able to enjoy the freedom this time of year brings and can spend some time appreciating your kids, what they are good at and what they are passionate about.  Their gifts are plentiful.


    Laura Maloney
    Executive Director

    PS.  Please be sure to share your PEN memories and thanks with us so that we may include them in our 10-year anniversary book as a gift to PEN Founder Dewey Rosetti. Just use the contact form to send your message!



  • June 03, 2013 4:05 PM | PEN (Administrator)
    SAFE student JT Werth was recently profiled on KALW's Crosscurrents as part of their series on special education. PEN's Executive Director Laura Maloney is also interviewed. Listen here:

  • May 31, 2013 3:52 PM | PEN (Administrator)
    Full video of the EdRev 2013 Keynote presentations by Sir Ken Robinson and Dr. L. Todd Rose are now available to PEN members on the Member Media page of this website.

    Please note: These videos are provided as a benefit of PEN Membership. You must be logged into this site with up to date membership to access them. If your membership has lapsed, just log in and renew. If you are not yet a PEN member, join here!

    Staff at PEN Member Schools:
    Contact us if you need to get set up with a login.
  • May 31, 2013 3:13 PM | PEN (Administrator)
    Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide of Dyslexic Advantage presented workshops at EdRev 2013. Recently, they organized the Conference on Dyslexia and Talent, a landmark event that brought together accomplished dyslexics from diverse fields, including a MacArthur Genius award winner, Pulitzer-prize winning poet, CEOs, artists, doctors, lawyers, and leaders in the dyslexia community. Watch these moving excerpts from the conference here:

  • May 31, 2013 2:33 PM | PEN (Administrator)
    As one school year draws to a close, plans for our program for next year are well under way. Here are some of the speakers we have already confirmed. Be sure to keep you membership up to date and please join us for these events in the fall!

    Friday, September 27, 2013
    There Are No IEPs in College
    Paul Grossman
    Civil Rights Attorney, Law School Professor and Individual with Learning Disabilities

    Friday, October 11, 2013
    Success Starts at Home: Homework Strategies for Cultivating Independence and Self-Advocacy
    Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Ed.M.
    Learning Specialist, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco

    Friday, December 13, 2013
    Assessment and Treatment of Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: Professional Collaborations for Positive Outcomes
    Jessica Broitman, Ph.D. and Jack Davis, Ph.D.
  • May 31, 2013 12:12 PM | PEN (Administrator)
    A guest post from Amory Donohue, Founding Parent, My City School & Founder, HolaKids Spanish Immersion Preschool

    My City School ( is a program for middle school age children with mild to moderate learning disabilities based in San Francisco.  At My City School, children with LD are enrolled in a learning pod of 4-8 students that supports individualized learning modalities and incorporates strong academic, social and emotional supports.  My City School believes in fundamental building blocks for successful learning: experienced teachers who are coaches and guides for learning, a curriculum self-paced to the capacity of each child; a small community of supportive peers; meaningful experiential learning opportunities; and an environment of high support with high expectations for each child. The community is sustained by committed and pragmatic parents who are partners in their children’s educational success. My City School launches Fall 2013 with its first educational pod of students 11 - 13 years of age, utilizing 6th grade core standards. 

    We seek additional students who are engaged by learning, exhibit classroom behaviors that will allow them and their peers to progress in academics and building community, and bring enthusiasm for the experiences we describe on our website. As important, the students will have parents who are prepared to contribute to the success of this endeavor, and who are ready to embrace the rewards and challenges that will present themselves in the year ahead. 

    We welcome inquiries from parents who are interested (as well as specialists and educators). You can help by sharing this email with people who should know that this alternative exists in San Francisco for middle schoolers with LD. 

    Thank you!

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