PARENTS EDUCATION NETWORK

Rating: 4.81 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 281A Sixteenth Avenue San Francisco CA 94118 USA

Mission: PARENTS EDUCATION NETWORK IS A COALITION OF PARENTS COLLABORATING WITH EDUCATORS, STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY TO EMPOWER AND BRING ACADEMIC AND LIFE SUCCESS TO STUDENTS WITH LEARNING AND ATTENTION DIFFERENCES.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have just finished a probono project with PEN and my team (that have all worked with other non profits organizations too) have all been very impressed with PEN's value to the community, and PEN's ability to deliver such impact. I have heard from so many stakeholders that PEN is a critical contributor to society. I have heard numerous real life examples from teachers, principles of schools, parents and most importantly the children that they value PENs work so much, they want PEN to be able to spread the PEN reach throughout the USA. Communities beyond the Bay Area need the PEN service in their community too!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to my first PEN meeting on behalf of my professional affiliation with the organization, at least that is why I thought I went. I sat in the room amongst other parents who described how a child with a learning difference affected their family. I felt so much comfort when I realized they were describing my child and my situation. The only difference was that they possessed hope and strength, qualities I did not have yet. Knowing there is an organization committed to children who learn differently, and the parents of these children, makes me realize I can have hope! I know the road I will travel with my ADD son may not be easy, but I will be supported! Thanks to the wonderful staff at PEN who have chosen to walk this road with me! Taylor stilwell

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

As a speech/language pathologist who supports many students with language-based learning disabilities every day, I appreciate & use PEN resources, & have shared contacts & information with my students, teachers, parents & colleagues. And - as a parent of a student with LD, I've found the support & collaboration invaluable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the resources and contacts made by attending PEN conferences & presentations have had lasting impact. I've participated as a professional and as a parent, attending w/ my students & w/ my own son

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add events that are more accessible to people in other parts of the bay area - east bay, peninsula.

What is unique about this organization?

It is for professionals, students & parents. It strives to support the full "team" or "community" of people that it takes to support our students in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I credit PEN with providing the most effective professional resources for me during critical times in my teaching career. PEN's Teacher's Education Network has provided phenomenal support regarding improving my teaching and assessment methods, as well as invaluable guidance in creating optimal learning environments for my students, particularly those with learning differences. PEN's ability to partner with parents, students, teachers, and schools in the hopes of improving education for everyone is truly remarkable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

organizing events for teachers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it nationwide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

PEN is directed by empathetic and knowledgeable individuals that successfully educate parents and teaching professionals in their quest for solutions to remediate and support learning disabilities and ADHD. They respond to all the inquiries and requests to find solutions, whether they be learning strategies, school placement, emotional support, or many varied resources. They are selfless individuals that all work countless hours to provide the help a student and the family would need.
They provide extremely reasonably priced lectures and conferences and help to change the concept of disability to an advantage in life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

AS a professional, I have received the benefit of educational resources and mentoring programs at my school. They have enriched my life with informative professionals that enhance my skills to perform better as an educational therapist.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would suggest that it outreaches beyond the Bay Area.

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Rating: 4 stars  

PEN is an amazing resource for both parents and professionals in the Bay Area. I often refer families to the various PEN presentations and attend many myself. PEN has provided a much needed service for our community and I look forward to sharing in future events.
-Educational Therapist, Berkeley

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've attended many of the presentations over the last two years, and have shared new knowledge gained from these experiences with colleagues and fellow teachers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Schedule meetings later in the morning in order for those in East Bay to miss the heavy commuter traffic entering the City.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

My name is David Flink and I am the Executive Director of a national mentoring program for students with learning disabilities. Hence, through my work I connect with many different organizations across America and I can say first hand that the work that PEN does in empowering families touched by LD/ADHD is second to none. They do an amazing job providing invaluable resources to the bay area from their one of kind EdRev conference to the numerous free or reduced cost lecture series to their support of student through their SAFE program. If only more communities in America had PEN, the inclusion of people with LD/ADHD in all aspects of our society would be more universally achieved!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the effect of their work totally and profoundly shape the bay area community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to allow them to grow more quickly as their work is so incredibly important!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Parents Education Network is an excellent resource for all professionals in learning-related fields in the Bay Area. They sponsor wonderful talks, focussing mainly on learning difficulties, from which I have learned a great deal at a reasonable cost. They have a branch for teachers which strikes me as a much-needed resource, as many teacher-training programs don't offer sufficient background on students with learning disabilities. They also offer talks from experts in the growing field of brain knowledge. To those of us in education, the more research-based information we can get, the more we are empowered to help our charges, many of whom cannot help themselves. PEN is on the first ranks of helping us achieve this.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended many talks and referred clients to the other services PEN offers, such as their big educational fair. In general, the talks give me specific ideas of how to improve my own practice by introducing me to other professionals, such as speech and language therapists, or by learning about the latest research in how the brain works.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would raise more money to expand to the East Bay. There are many people over here who can't always find the time to go to San Francisco.

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