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Upcoming events

    • September 22, 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • October 27, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • Evolibri Office 2900 Gordon Ave. Ste. 103 Santa Clara, CA
    Ages: 16 through 25
    Skills Taught: Communication skills through lecture, demonstration, and practice
    Taught by: Cohen Duncan, MA Marriage and Family Therapy
    When: Mondays starting September 22nd through October 27th, 4:00-6:00 pm
    Cost: $495 for six sessions (closed group)

    Topics for this class include:

    Talking the Talk – We’ll be starting things off by talking about conversation skills. We’ll also spend some time getting acquainted and finding out a bit about the other members of the group.

    …And Walking the Walk – Our bodies say a lot even when we’re not speaking. This group will look at what we communicate through body language and how to make sure we are “saying” the right things at the right times!

    Making the Grade – Being successful in class takes some special skills, no matter how smart you are. In this group we’ll focus on things like talking to professors, working in a group and asking for help.

    Campus Life – Make your time at school fun by learning how to meet people who share your interests.

    Confidently Yours – Learn about the ins and outs of getting a date. We’ll talk about how to approach someone, how to tell if they’re into you, how to ask them out, and how to have an awesome first date!

    Workin’ It – Like school, success at work requires special knowledge. We’ll cover interview skills, getting along with co-workers and bosses and how to handle it when problems come up.

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    • September 25, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Evolibri Offices-Santa Clara, CA
    Now that midterms are around the corner, discover the mysteries of why your student struggles with homework, and what you can do about it. Topics will include executive functioning impairment and sensory challenges, and how to remediate these beasts!

    A suggested donation of $10 to offset costs. We ask
    that people RSVP by sending email to, indicating the event you plan on attending and the number of attendees. We hope to see you there!
    • October 01, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason (Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.), San Francisco, CA
    Our knowledge of how children learn - and how schools can help - has come a long way in the last few decades. Unfortunately, most schools have not: they're still more about memorizing facts and practicing isolated skills than understanding ideas from the inside out; they still exclude students from any meaningful decision-making role; and they still rely on grades, tests, homework, lectures, worksheets, competition, punishments, and rewards. Alfie Kohn explores the alternatives to each of these conventional practices, explaining why progressive education isn't just a realistic alternative but one that's far more likely to help kids become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

    To get your tickets today, visit:

    A limited number of discounted tickets are available for friends of the Parents Education Network. For more information, e-mail Stephanie Ayala at or call (415) 765-9078.

    • October 08, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Sterne High School: 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA
    Inside LD: Education & Speaker Series
    Paths Forward: College & Career Planning

    This is a special evening dedicated toward thinking, planning, and preparing for life after high school.

    This event features a guest speaker with an extensive background in education/education services. We will also have a small parent & student panel to share perspectives on the transition process.
    Representatives from a variety of colleges, gap-year and vocational programs will be in attendance providing resources and information.

    Guest Speaker: Jani Ross, Educational Counseling - McClure, Mallory, Baron & Ross

    Refreshments & Snacks Provided.

    Register here:

    Questions? Contact Susie Cain, Director of Communications, Sterne School:

    • October 11, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Pleasanton Public Library, Main Meeting Room, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566
    Join us at this FREE event in celebration of Dyslexia Awareness month! Presented by the Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) and the Pleasanton Public Library Children’s Services.

    Saturday, October 11, 10 am-12 pm
    Pleasanton Public Library, Main Meeting Room
    400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566

    Dyslexia is the most common learning difference (1 in 5 kids have it), yet the most publicly misunderstood. Please join NCBIDA for a screening of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” a film directed by James Redford. The film recounts the experiences of children and young adults with dyslexia, including Redford’s son, Dylan, and features interviews with highly successful individuals with dyslexia, such as Sir Richard Branson, Gavin Newsom, Charles Schwab, and David Boies.

    The 52-minute film will be followed by a short panel discussion and audience question-and-answer session. This is an excellent opportunity to get basic information about this common learning disability. The programs are designed for adults and children age 12 and over.

    No preregistration is required for either event. For more information, visit

    • October 16, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Athena Academy - 525 San Antonio Ave Palo Alto, CA 94306
    One in eight children and adolescents are affected by anxiety each year. In addition, 40 million adults are diagnosed with anxiety in a given year, and each was once a child who likely suffered from worry and fear.

    Imagine how different their lives would be if they had been given the tools to overcome their worry and fear when they were young? You can give your child this knowledge now.

    In an intimate setting, Dr. Dan Peters will provide useful and comforting methods that parents can use to help conquer their child’s fears, and may find the same 'toolbox' of skills helpful for conquering their own anxiety as well.

    • October 18, 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 521 Boden Way, Oakland, CA 94610
    Prospective students and families - join us for our Open House. Learn about Bayhill High School, talk with teachers, parents and students, and visit classrooms with student learning demonstrations. Bayhill High School is the only high school in the East Bay specializing in preparing students with learning differences to succeed in college and beyond.

    1:00 - 4:00 pm. RSVP

    • October 19, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Evolibri Offices in Santa Clara
    October 19th, 2014– FLAG Support Group
    Get ready...our newest club launches on October 19 at 2 pm. FLAG: For Loving All group. For young adults 18-25, a SAFE and judgment-free place to discuss and learn about sexuality, gender, dating, personal safety, and much, much more. Led by Kai Gault and Cohen Duncan. For Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Trans, Queer, Questioning and Alt. Please RSVP through our website, or contact us for more information. $35 each group, payable at the door, sliding scale available for low-income individuals. Meets the first and third Sundays of EACH month…ONGOING.

    For more information email:

    • October 30, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Evolibri Offices-Santa Clara, CA
    Just because our kids are neurodiverse does not mean that they are immune to the same urges and temptations as their neurotypical peers. This frank discussion will look at sexual trends and challenges in neurodiverse clients, medication, self-medication, and the ‘age of non-compliance’, as well as safety factors every client and parent should be aware of.

    A suggested donation of $10 to offset costs. We ask
    that people RSVP by sending email to, indicating the event you plan on attending and the number of attendees. We hope to see you there!
    • November 08, 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Support for Families, 1663 Mission St, 7th Floor, San Francisco CA 94103
    The purpose of this training is to provide parents and professionals with the information needed to advocate for the special education programs and services for their children with disabilities or the children they serve through the Individual Education Program (IEP) process. Training topics will include: basic special education rights, referral procedures for special education assessment including the SST process, and parent rights in the IEP process with a special list of helpful IEP and advocacy hints outlining effective advocacy techniques.
    Presenter: Joseph J. Feldman, Founder and Executive Director, Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE)

    Childcare and interpretation services available with pre-registration. To register call 415-920-5040. For more information go to

    • November 20, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Evolibri Offices-Santa Clara, CA
    We will cover a broad array of topics, including: What will work look like for our millennial clients? What new opportunities are available now and on the horizon? What skills sets will be important, and how can your child attain them? We will also go over the services available to neurodiverse individuals, as well as offer a primer on ADA law, disclosure, and accommodations.

    A suggested donation of $10 to offset costs. We ask
    that people RSVP by sending email to, indicating the event you plan on attending and the number of attendees. We hope to see you there!
    • January 10, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Support for Families, 1663 Mission Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco 94103

    Co-sponsored with Support for Families of Children with Disabilities


    This talk will provide a definition of executive functioning as well as descriptions of the many potential implications of deficits in this area.  Basic principles of executive functioning intervention will be covered.  To exemplify these principles, we will discuss specific behavioral strategies to help build executive functioning skills and compensate for deficits, as well as technology to support these strategies.

    Shayla Hulgan, M.A.

    Educational Specialist

    Children’s Health Council

    Shayla Hulgan, M.A., is an educational specialist and executive functioning coach.  After studying cognitive psychology and human development at UC Davis and working at the UC Davis MIND Institute, Shayla completed a Master’s program at Northwestern University in Learning Disabilities.  Shayla has been a classroom teacher and has worked in private practice as a learning specialist.  She is currently the Manager of Educational Services at Children’s Health Council and is building their executive functioning coaching program.  She also completes educational evaluations, provides one-on-one educational therapy, and runs groups to build executive functioning skills in middle and high school students.

    Audience:  Most relevant for parents and teachers of students in grades 5 – 12, but parents and teachers of younger students are also welcome to attend. 

    Saturday, January 10, 2015 9 am - 12 pm.

    Location: Support for Families, 1663 Mission Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco 94103

    Cost:  FREE

    To Register: please contact Support for Families at (415) 920-5040.

    Free childcare and interpretation services in Spanish and Cantonese are available for families who pre-register.

    • January 14, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Athena Academy - 525 San Antonio Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    Most people think in words; however, one-third of children in any given classroom think in images, and this percentage is growing.

    High achieving, left-brained learners are advanced in reading, writing, spelling, calculation and memorization, and perform well under timed conditions.

    Visual-spatial learners are gifted in right-hemispheric abilities, such as imagination, visualization, intuitive knowledge, multi-dimensional perception, science and technology, holistic thinking, creativity, artistic expression (music, dance, art, drama), and emotional responsiveness. Visual-spatial gifts are vital to employment in the 21st century and need to be nurtured.

    Dr. Silverman, author of Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner and founder of the Gifted Development Center in Denver, will offer specific strategies for identifying and teaching visual-spatial learners, as well as fresh perspectives and countless ideas for parents of VSLs.

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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