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.
I am a founding member of PEN. Before PEN, there was little information and little support to parents and students of the bay area trying to navigate an unfriendly educational environment. Students with learning disabilities, before PEN, were marginalized and certainly they had little voice of their own and no organized voice. PEN has created a strong collaborative network including parents, educators and students. PEN has changed the landscape in a very short period of time. Students through PEN's student branch SAFE speak publicly throughout the bar area encouraging students to empower themselves and engage in their own education. Parents are armed with information about how to best support their children. Educators are provided with professional development opportunities that are extremely affordable. Some of the brightest minds in the classroom are the students identified with learning disabilities.