Parents Education Network

Events

Upcoming events

    • September 12, 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Star of the Sea School, Auditorium, 360 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

    PEN was founded by parents for parents.  We would like to invite you to our annual meeting of parents.  All parents, whether new members or veterans of our community of LD awareness and support, are invited and strongly urged to join us. 

    This meeting will feature small group discussions facilitated by the Pathways Institute.

    Parents of children with learning differences have a keen understanding of the academic struggles their children face.  Parents often grapple to understand the equally challenging, sometimes more confusing, yet rarely discussed social-emotional aspects of “learning differently” from peers.  How do you support your child when they recognize they are learning in a different way and pace than their peers?  What tools do you and your children need to develop to navigate, facilitate and advocate positive communication, interactions and responses to peers about having LD?  Besides your child, how are you affected in your interactions with parents of children who do not have learning challenges? 

     

    Talking with other parents facing similar questions can help you feel supported and provide you with insights and new approaches.    

     

    Please join PEN and Pathways Institute staff for this special parent discussion.  We will break into small groups and Pathways Institute staff will facilitate a discussion about the social/emotional aspects of being “different”.

     

    PEN's greatest strength is its grassroots membership.  Don't miss this opportunity to share your experiences and connect with other parents!

     

    Date:  Friday, September 12, 2014

    Time: 8:30 am Coffee, 9:00-11:00 Meeting

    Cost: Free. Donations welcome. 

    Location: Star of the Sea School, Auditorium, 360 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

    360 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
    • September 20, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

    • September 26, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco 94107

    Identifying those “best fit” colleges is the first step on the path to college.  But then what happens?  This workshop will go into detail on all the components of putting together a great application.  Essays, testing, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and sometimes graded papers can all be part of the college application.  We’ll discuss disclosures and explanatory essays that students might include to describe their unique learning style.   In this workshop, you’ll learn about various types of applications and how you can best assist your student in this complex next step toward college admission.

    Elizabeth A. Stone, Ph.D,                        Executive Director, Campanile College Counseling, Inc.

     Dr. Stone is the Executive Director of Campanile College Counseling, Inc., a comprehensive educational consulting program based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving students across the US and internationally.  Campanile works with students of all ages and abilities, and their parents, with a focus on school counseling and college admission.  She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from UC Berkeley and teaches in the UC Berkeley Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning.  She has published widely on higher education and is the author of The Better College Essay:  Fitting in and Standing Out (Wintergreen Orchard House, 2014).

    Audience:  Psychologists and high school students, parents, counselors and teachers.   

    Friday, September 26, 2014.
    9 am - 11 am.

    Location:
     Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco 94123.

    Cost: $20 for PEN members. Click here to join

    FREE online registration for faculty at PEN Member Schools. Contact us if you don't know your discount code.

    $30 for non-member registration.

    PEN's Speaker Series is a membership-based series of lectures and workshops on various aspects of parenting and educating children with learning and attention differences. PEN Membership is only $35/year or $350/lifetime. Click here to join.

     

     

    • September 27, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Presidio Hill School, 3839 Washington Street, San Francisco, 94118

    When a newborn settles comfortably into her father’s arms, looks towards the sounds of his voice while taking comfort molding into his body, and enjoying gently rocking side to side, we’re joyful, but rarely comment on how well integrated this baby seems to be. The earliest capacities for the integration of emotional cues with sensory and motor processing are hidden in full view. These capacities form the foundation toddlers and preschoolers need to prepare them for the higher executive functions they will need for success later in school. Through video, Power Point and real life stories, this presentation will focus on the 5 A’s: affect, attention, action, arousal and adaptability.

    Audience: Parents and educators of preschool aged children or anyone working with children with challenges in executive functioning.

    Barbara Kalmanson, Ph.D. Psychologist, Infant Mental Health Specialist, and Special Educator
    Barbara Kalmanson has over 40 years experience as a clinical psychologist, a special educator, and an infant mental health specialist, including direct clinical work, founding the Oak Hill School, the ICDL Graduate School, the Kids Attuned.org website, and teaching at the Infant-Parent Program at UCSF. She provides interdisciplinary consultation to schools and agencies nationwide and internationally. Her publications and presentations focus on developmental and learning issues in early childhood and on the importance of relationships in all interventions.


    • October 18, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

    • November 07, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco 94107

    Attendees should obtain a better understanding of why testing is helpful, i.e., how the information has practical value (in the short and long term) for the student, parents, teachers and tutors.  Parents should obtain a clearer idea about:  types of tests, who tests, when testing should be considered, and if/when it needs to be repeated.

    Charles P. Roth, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychological assessment.

    Charles holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Joseph's University, an MS in Information Science from Drexel University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

    Charles' interest in assessment was generated by sorting out his own daughter's challenges related to learning.  He was a registered psychologist at Children's Health Council in Palo Alto for 4 years, and worked as part of a multi-disciplinary assessment team.  Charles was a lecturer in the M.A Counseling Psychology program at San Francisco State University for 7 years, specializing in law and ethics, child and adolescent development, and supervising students in public school settings.

    Charles served as a custody evalulator for San Francisco Unified Family Court for 13 years, and continues to do co-parent counseling to help divorced parents make decisions regarding their children.  He most often works with families who have special needs children.  Charles, in 2007, joined the Bay School of San Francisco, and helped create their Learning Services Department.  He was Director of that program for 6 years, and is now a neuropsychology consultant at Bay. 

    Charles has given presentations related to learning and attention problems previously for PEN, including at EdRev, and at the California Association of Independent Schools; San Francisco Unified Family Court; University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz; given in-service training to faculty in schools in San Francisco, and was the keynote speaker at a conference at Maplebrook School in New York State.

    Age Range:  School-aged children K - 12 and college students.     

    Friday, November 7, 2014.
    9 am - 11 am.

    Location:
     Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco 94123.

    Cost: $20 for PEN members. Click here to join

    FREE online registration for faculty at PEN Member Schools. Contact us if you don't know your discount code.

    $30 for non-member registration.

    PEN's Speaker Series is a membership-based series of lectures and workshops on various aspects of parenting and educating children with learning and attention differences. PEN Membership is only $35/year or $350/lifetime. Click here to join.

     

     

    • November 15, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

    • December 04, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    Dr. Brooks will describe factors that help families to achieve greater balance, warmth, and respect.  He will focus especially on families who are likely to experience increased stress and pressure because they have children and teens with LD and/or ADHD, although his remarks will be applicable to all families.

    He will discuss the importance of:

    (a) practicing empathy in order to understand and respond effectively to each family member,
    (b) changing negative scripts that contribute to family disharmony,
    (c) establishing realistic expectations and goals,
    (d) identifying and reinforcing the "islands of competence" of each child,
    (e) becoming a "charitable" family, and
    (f) disciplining in ways that promote self-discipline rather than resentment.

    Nationally renowned Psychologist and Author Dr. Robert Brooks


    Dr. Robert Brooks is one of the nation's leading authorities on the topics of family relationships, resilience and motivation. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital in Boston. He is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights and stories to life. Dr. Brooks is the author or co-author of fifteen books, including Raising a Self-Disciplined Child, Nurturing Resilience in our Children and Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less.  Dr. Brooks also completed a videotape and educational guide for PBS titled “Look What You’ve Done! Stories of Hope and Resilience” that focuses on resilience in children with special needs and participated in the production of two videotapes by Sunburst Communications, one about parenting children with learning and attentional problems and the other about developing responsibility in children.

    Dr. Brooks received The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA and the Distinguished Leadership Award from Learning Disabilities Worldwide in recognition of his contributions and commitment to the field of learning disabilities.  In addition, both CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) and the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities bestowed him with “Hall of Fame” awards for his work with special needs children and adolescents. 

    Some of Dr. Brooks books will be available for purchase at this event.

    Thursday, December 4, 2014.

    7 - 9 pm.

    Location:
     TBD. 

    Cost: $20 for PEN members. Click here to join

    FREE online registration for faculty at PEN Member Schools. Contact us if you don't know your discount code.

    $30 for non-member registration.

    PEN's Speaker Series is a membership-based series of lectures and workshops on various aspects of parenting and educating children with learning and attention differences. PEN Membership is only $35/year or $350/lifetime. Click here to join.

     

     

    • December 20, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

    • January 06, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Bay School, The Presidio, 35 Keyes Ave., San Francisco 94129
    Applying to college or choosing a college for the student with learning and attention differences is an important and sometimes difficult and confusing process.  Hear from the experts: college students with learning and attention differences.  The students, all  members of SAFE, will discuss their experiences with:

    •    Whether and how to disclose a learning disability

    •    How they determined the best fit and scope of support for their college choices

    •    What they, as students with learning and attention differences, found when they arrived at college

    •    How to navigate and manage college life – academically and socially

    Audience:  High school students, parents, counselors and educators.

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
    7 pm - 9 pm.

    Location:
    The Bay School, The Presidio, 35 Keyes Ave., San Francisco 94129.

    Cost: Free. Suggested donation $20.

    • 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 31, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

    • February 28, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

    • March 21, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

    • April 25, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

    • May 16, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    Our meetings are open to students ages 13-19 interested in joining Student Advisors For Education, so encourage your friends to join you. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up, but are welcome to come in and introduce themselves.

    Location: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94103

    To be added to the SAFE mailing list Please sign up here. If you are a first-time attendee and have any questions, please email sf@studentadvisors.org

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