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Parents Education Network

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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Parents Education Network (PEN) 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

Programs: Pen brings nationally and locally known speakers to our speaker series lectures, workshops, support groups and national conference (edrevsf) to educate parents, educators and students about the strengths and challenges of students with learning and attention differences. We provide opportunities for our members to connect with each other to share resources and work together for student success.

student advisors for education (safe) is a student community that strives to educate, mentor and support students, parents and teachers regarding the strengths and challenges of students with learning and attention differences(ld). They meet monthly, speak on panels, have written a book and created videos about their experiences as students with ld. They gather annually as a national community at edrev-up to support other students in finding their unique voice in their own educational journeys.

pen is launching a national affiliate program to connect more families, educators and students dealing with learning and attention differences. This community will provide education about the strengths and challenges that accompany these differences, provide models on how to collaborate and include the student voice in conversations around learning differently and support and empower students to find their unique voice to transform their educational journeys.

other program accomplishments include participation in events such as learning & the brain and celebrate dyslexia.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I have worked with the Board and staff of PEN for the last several years. What stands out to me is the clarity and purity of their dedication. I seldom see a not-for-profit so focused to simply helping their client population. I have worked with the Board in strategic planning, board governance, and project management. I have volunteered in the SAFE program. Everywhere in the organization I find people of heart and intelligence. PEN grew up attending to the needs of LD kids in San Francisco, but it's clear to me that they will eventually shape the national conversation around learning differences. They have the secret sauce for connecting parents, kids, teachers, and professionals; the momentum of their work will be unstoppable.


Rating: 5

From the beginning, PEN has been an organization dedicated to bringing students with learning differnces, their parents and educators together to discover the BEST PRACTICES for the students' success.
Their service and contribution to the Bay Area education commuity is profound! As an elemebrtaty school principal, I have benefited from their workshops, services and have directed a number of parents to them for support and information on how to best help their child prosper!

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