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  • July 03, 2013 4:03 PM | PEN (Administrator)

    The PEN program for 2013-2014 is really shaping to be another excellent year. Be sure to save the date for the events below!

    Friday, September 20, 2013
    PEN Parent Meeting
    Facilitated by Pathways Institute

    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

    Thursday, November 14, 2013
    The Whole-Brain Child in the Classroom (Professional Development)
    Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

    Friday, November 15, 2013
    The Whole-Brain Child (Parent Presentation)
    Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

    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.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014
    San Francisco Panel of College Students with Learning Attention Differences
    SAFE College Students

    Thursday, January 9, 2014
    Peninsula Panel of College Students with Learning Attention Differences
    SAFE College Students

    Saturday, February 8, 2014
    Co-Sponsored with Support for Families of Children with Disabilties
    Technology for Learning Differences:  Equip Students for Success with a Personalized "Technology Toolbelt"
    Shelley Haven, ATP, RET
    Assistive Technology Consultant

    Thursday, March 6, 2014
    Experience Dyslexia® — A Learning Disabilities Simulation 
    Facilitated by the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA)

  • July 03, 2013 12:20 PM | PEN (Administrator)

    One Step Behind, a story by St. James School student Emma Lassen (pictured left), took first place at the EdRev 2013 Art Contest. The story has also been selected for Learning Ally's 1 in 5 website.

    It became more obvious as she grew older. She was no longer a little kid. Little kids are always excused for not understanding things. Now being older, she was expected to be more independent and understand more. She didn’t. Standing there listening to this lady babble on. Not understanding anything the lady said. Even though she had ears and eyes, though she was not blind or deaf, she couldn’t always rely on them. Even though she had a brain, it didn’t work well enough for the world and the people in it. She did start to notice her disability more. That didn’t mean she was ashamed of it. She just could not help feeling she was one step behind.

    Read the full story here!

  • July 03, 2013 12:04 PM | PEN (Administrator)
    Nicolina Kristof, a senior at Drew School with ADHD, Dyslexia, Sensory integration Dysfunction (SID) and an Audio Processing Disorder, has produced a website, The LD Advantage, featuring over 30 interviews with individuals with learning differences. She says:
    I believe that teens and young adults should have access to advice from people who have the same LD as them. On the next pages you will find advice and statements from individuals, ages 14 to 25, on how they view their LD's and what tips and tricks they have discovered that works best for them.
    Great work Nicolina! Check it out here: The LD Advantage
  • July 03, 2013 11:46 AM | PEN (Administrator)

    The Pathways Institute, who've partnered with us recently on the facilitation of our Parent Meetings, has started a blog feature that should be of interest to our members: Ask the Expert your questions on testing and other psychological services related to kids, parent and families of LD/ADHD. Pathways tells us they would love to receive questions from PEN members! Email your questions to

    Read the first post in the series here: Ask The Expert: Is It Necessary To Test Again?

  • July 03, 2013 11:38 AM | PEN (Administrator)
    Dr. Edward Hallowell was our Keynote Speaker at EdRev 2010. We are very pleased to welcome the new Hallowell Center to San Francisco. Check out the website here!
  • July 03, 2013 11:21 AM | PEN (Administrator)

    Position:  SAFE Program Director
    Hours:  Part Time (20 hours per week)
    Position Available:  July, 2013
    Job Location:  Parents Education Network, San Francisco, CA        

    Parents Education Network (PEN), a San Francisco non-profit organization, is a parent coalition collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences. 

    Student Advisors for Education (SAFE) is a student community that strives to educate, mentor, and support students, parents and teachers regarding the challenges and strengths of students with LD and ADHD.  This youth branch of PEN supports students with learning and attention differences ages 13 – 19.  There are currently 2 SAFE chapters in the SF Bay Area with plans for growth within California in the 2013-2014 school year and nationally beginning in the summer of 2014. The SAFE students also participate in planning and execution of our annual April gathering EdRev and EdRev-Up. EdRev is a conference type event that is held at AT&T Park, in San Francisco. It is a day of education, inspiration, and celebration for students with learning and attention differences, their families and educators that support them. EdRev-Up is a student only event that takes place the day before EdRev which draws students from the Bay Area and nationally. The students focus on community building and preparation for EdRev.

    Position Description:  The Program Director is responsible for leading the SAFE program, ensuring seamless team development and management, consistent program delivery as well as strong quality control and evaluation services.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with youth development experience to further develop and grow a flourishing program while working collaboratively with a high-performing management team.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Commitment to uphold PEN’s mission in all that s/he does for the organization
    • Develops annual strategic growth plans consistent with PEN’s Strategic Plan
    • Plans and executes the launch of new SAFE chapters, locally and nationally
    • Travels to potential SAFE chapter sites to coordinate the initial program elements and specifications with new chapter leaders
    • Provides technical assistance and acts as liaison between PEN headquarters and Chapters
    • Manages Chapter Facilitators
    • Carries out ongoing program assessment and evaluation processes
    • Analyzes success metrics and data to measure short and long term impacts to ensure consistent high quality program delivery and inform improvement
    • Prepares reports for the Executive Director and Board on trends and findings from collected data
    • Develops and manages annual program budget
    • Plans and oversees SAFE involvement in PEN’s annual conference (EdRev) and student gathering (EdRev-Up)

    Qualifications:  The Program Director must be creative, adaptive and entrepreneurial, with a problem-solving and positive approach to his/her work.  This role requires strategic thinking, a commitment to continuous learning and the ability to plan long-term with both the missions of PEN and SAFE in mind.  The Program Manager must have an understanding of the particular challenges facing the youth members of SAFE and have experience working in education or youth development organizations or institutions.

    Required Skills:

    • Experience designing and implementing programs serving youth
    • At least 2 years experience in a team supervisory role; knowledge of recruiting and managing volunteers a plus
    • Background in data collection and reporting
    • Knowledge of budget management
    • Ability to work in resource constrained environment
    • Experience working with a collaborative or project team
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; event planning skills a plus
    • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
    • Proven written and verbal communication skills
    • Has a Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
    • Basic knowledge of Excel
    • Willing to work evenings and week-ends as required
    • Able to travel periodically within the United States for training

    Desired Skills:  Individuals who have experience or personal knowledge of learning and attention differences and the resources used to support them are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Salary:  Commensurate with Experience

    Benefits:  Not specified

    Parents Education Network values diversity and seeks to build and sustain a diverse staff.  Parents Education Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Please contact Executive Director Laura Maloney at to submit your resume, and with any questions you may have.

  • July 03, 2013 11:03 AM | PEN (Administrator)
    Kristina Sears is a graduate student in Holy Names University Master’s program in Educational Therapy, in addition to being a parent of a child with learning differences. Through her personal experience she has become interested in the role of parents in the evaluation process and then their place in the treatment alliance formed subsequently with professionals and children. 

    Her Master’s thesis hopes to document the reflections and experiences of parents whose elementary school-aged children have undergone a neuropsychological assessment. Her research will acknowledge that parents’ positive involvement is critical to their children’s development and learning, and she hopes to document their experiences (confidentially) throughout every aspect of the evaluative process; before, during and after. 

    She is inviting PEN members to complete a short and confidential survey on parental locus of control through the link below, and then, if interested, nominating themselves to be interviewed (also confidentially) about their experiences with neuropsychological assessment. No personal or identifying information will be shared, and the strictest confidentiality maintained throughout. The parental perspective is an under-documented area within the field, and your potential participation is essential to both gain understanding and also to transform best practices for the future. Thank you in advance for your consideration. 

    Follow this link to take the short survey:
  • July 03, 2013 10:44 AM | PEN (Administrator)
    PEN has an exciting volunteer opportunity for creative people with a background in marketing and some time to donate. We are seeking an individual to join our Marketing Committee and help develop a communications plan for PEN as we move forward into a new phase of our development as an organization.

    Tasks include developing a marketing plan and key messages for a broad audience, identifying online marketing activities, and putting communications vehicles in place to create awareness and build momentum. Volunteers should be able to work both independently and collaboratively, and have experience developing and implementing communications strategies.
    Time commitment: 4 - 8 hours per month.

    If interested, please contact Executive Director Laura Maloney at or (415) 751-2237. Thank you!
  • 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!

Parents Education Network (PEN), 6050 Geary Blvd., Ste. 101A, San Francisco, CA 94121    Phone: (415) 751-2237

PEN is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, federal tax ID# 43-2008436.

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