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  • 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!

  • 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!



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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