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Family Leadership Summit 2020 has ended
PAUSD 2nd Annual Family Leadership Summit
February 22nd from 8:30-2 at Gunn High School

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for a session is not required, however, space is limited as sessions will be in general classrooms with seating for 25-30 participants. Feel free to move around on the day-of if rooms are full. Sessions are EACH 45 minutes, so one session per block. Please sign-up for one session per block with four total session blocks.

You will notice at the end of the title of the Session the organization the information comes from, in relation to the speakers. We hope this helps frame the session content.

TRANSLATION SERVICES: Translation will be made available in specific rooms. Any presentations in those rooms will offer Spanish and Mandarin as languages translated. We do apologize if your language is not supported, and we ask that you please let us know about this so we can do better in the future. The rooms are:
K Building Rooms - 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11
P Building Rooms - 115, 116, 231

If you have questions, please email Miguel Fittoria at mifittoria@pausd.org

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Saturday, February 22
 

9:00am PST

Keynote Address: Jonathan Mooney
Limited Capacity seats available

PAUSD is proud to present author of Normal Sucks, Jonathan Mooney. Jonathan is a widely sought after speaker whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.

www.jonathanmooney.com



Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Mooney

Jonathan Mooney

Author of Normal Sucks
Jonathan is a widely sought after speaker whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.He lives in Los Angeles and is highly active in the... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 9:00am - 9:45am PST
Spangenberg Auditorium

10:00am PST

College View for those new to the USA System (High School Families Only, PAUSD)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come better understand the college application and admissions process. This presentation is intended to teach parents from other countries, who may have experience in differentiated college processes, what the system looks like here in the United States. Learn what questions to ask, how to navigate the process, and even when to complete sections. This presentation is reserved for current high school families.

Speakers
LK

Linda Kirsch

College Counselor at Gunn
Linda Kirsch has been at Gunn in the Guidance area for 25 years.  She comes to this caress after doing nursing at Stanford Hospital. Having the dual area of knowledge the present job of advisement allows for a broader understanding of college and other post high school shopping... Read More →
FC

Fariba Chalajour, M.D.

Fariba is a physician-scientist with a background in business. As a volunteer at the Gunn College and Career Center, she helps create college guidance materials for Gunn families and prepares students for college interviews.


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
P-116
  Academic Success
  • NEW FIELD 1 Translation Available

10:00am PST

Engaging with English Learner Families: Exploring the New Computer-based ELPAC Assessment (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

As part of California’s ongoing mission to equip all students with 21st century skills, the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) will be transitioning into a computer-based assessment beginning spring 2020. During this session, PAUSD’s Academic Supports TOSA and Manager of Assessment will: share the purpose of the ELPAC and how results are used to monitor student progress towards English proficiency and engage participants in the exploration of test items and their connection to the English Language Development (ELD) Standards.

Speakers
RS

Rebecca Shen-Lorenson

Academic Supports TOSA
JP

Janine Penney

Manager Research, Evaluation, and Assessment


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
G-4

10:00am PST

Entendiendo el Informe de Progreso en la Escuela Básica (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Ayudar a los padres a entender el Informe de Progreso de la escuela Básica en términos de conceptos de notas como también en las especificaciones dentro de cada una de las áreas de aprendizaje.  La presentación será en español.

Ofrecido en Español solo.

Offered in Spanish only.

Speakers
CQ

Claudia Quiroga

Student and Family Engagement Specialist
Especialista en Participación Familiar del PAUSD. Anteriormente profesora universitaria en la Universidade de Brasilia, Brasil y madre de dos estudiantes del distrito escolar unificado de Palo Alto.


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
K-9

10:00am PST

Reading and Home Support (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Reading with your child(ren) is one of the single most important academic behaviors you can engage in.
Together, we will:
-explore best practices for reading aloud to children
-understand that reading is thinking (not decoding)
-review comprehension skills and strategies
-formulate critical thinking questions used to engage student thinking
-explore books to develop a better sense of rich literacy and selecting texts to meet reading goals

Speakers
AM

Amalia Medina-Glover

Elementary Teacher, Hoover Elementary


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
K-8

10:00am PST

School Smarts: Empowering parents as Advocates for their Children (CA PTA)
Limited Capacity seats available

 The School Smarts Parent Engagement Program is a model for creating meaningful and diverse parent involvement. It brings parents from all backgrounds together in support of their common interest: helping their children and schools succeed. Join us for a sneak peak into a School Smarts Academy Session and an overview of how families can learn to navigate the school system and become parent leaders. 

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Steele

Maggie Steele

School Smarts Committee Chair, CA PTA


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
K-10

10:00am PST

Keeping your child connected to school (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Identifying factors and obstacles that keep your child from staying connected to school. Discussing parenting tips to help increase their attendance and engagement at school. Understanding district attendance interventions and processes including SARB, District Attorney Mediation and Family Truancy Court.

Speakers
MF

Marisol Fernandez

District Social Worker, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
G-6

10:00am PST

Navigating PAUSD: Parents as Partners for a Successful Learning Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

At each level, elementary, middle and high school, parents and students engage with their teachers and sites in differently to get the most out of their school experience.  This session will highlight specific areas of concerns for families at different points of the K-12 experience and share strategies for addressing concerns and keeping your child on track.

Speakers
MH

Michelle Higgins

PAUSD Parent
avatar for Sara Woodham

Sara Woodham

PAUSD Parent
Sara is a parent of 3 children, in 4th, 10th and 12th grades, representing 5 PAUSD schools.  Sara has been an active PTA member and served on school site council at Duveneck Elementary.  Sara has led and participated on several committees, including parcel tax campaign, and is currently... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
G-7

10:00am PST

Sustainable PAUSD: Program Overview and Master Planning Session (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

The best approach to sustainability is the whole-school approach, where sustainability is woven into every aspect of the student experience.  The PAUSD sustainability program strives to bring together three interdependent principles: organizational culture, physical place, and educational program.  In this session, participants will learn about the different sustainability initiatives in PAUSD in each of these three areas.  Additionally, participants will have a chance to share ideas in a dynamic brainstorming discussion for the development of PAUSD's forthcoming Sustainability Master Plan.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Navarro

Rebecca Navarro

PAUSD Sustainability Program Manager
Rebecca Navarro's work encompasses the development and oversight of district wide initiatives on a variety of sustainability topics, including energy and water conservation, zero waste, green transit, school green teams, safe chemical use, and environmentally friendly purchasing... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
K-1

10:00am PST

10 Tech Tips for Parents: Healthy, Safe, and Responsible Technology Use for the Whole Family (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join this session to learn about best practices for building a healthy relationship with technology for all members of your family. Lots of ideas and resources will be shared with participants. 

Speakers
avatar for Emily Garrison

Emily Garrison

Coordinator of Educational Technology & Libraries
Emily Garrison is Coordinator of Educational Technology and Libraries for the Palo Alto Unified School District. Formerly, she was Spanish teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for blended learning at Palo Alto High School. Ms. Garrison has presented internationally on... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
G-1

10:00am PST

Fortaleza Fuera del Salon: Criando Hijos Triunfadores (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Tener hijos puede ser una de las experiencias más significativas de nuestras vidas. También puede ser una de las más difícil, especialmente cuando pasan la edad de niñez. Por favor acompáñanos en una discusión sobre las maneras en que podemos propugnar por el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y apoyarlos después de la última campana. Vamos a explorar cómo comunicarnos con nuestros hijos sobre temas que pueden ser incómodas o desagradables como la salud mental y aprender como utilizar los recursos a nuestra disposición para ayudar a nuestros hijos. 

Español/Spanish Solo/Only

Speakers
WA

Whitney Aquino

Wellness Outreach Worker, PAUSD
RC

Rosie Castillo Cabanas

Wellness Outreach Worker, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
K-4

10:00am PST

From Anxiety to Resiliency: Family Solutions (Acknowledge Alliance)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What is anxiety? How is anxiety different from worries? What are the signs that a child's anxiety requires a higher level of care? For the child with anxiety, it not only affects the child, it impacts the whole family. The good news is - anxiety is definitely something a child can OUT LEARN - This presentation is full of practical solutions parents can utilize to help their child overcome anxiety, increase their child's resiliency and ultimately raise their self confidence. 

Speakers
DU

Denise Uhl

MAFT, PPS & School Counselor


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
P-115

10:00am PST

Normal Sucks: Breakout Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Follow-up discussion to the keynote address by author Jonathan Mooney

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Mooney

Jonathan Mooney

Author of Normal Sucks
Jonathan is a widely sought after speaker whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.He lives in Los Angeles and is highly active in the... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
S-102

10:00am PST

What is Social Thinking? See Behavior Through a Different Lens (Social Thinking)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This presentation is designed to teach parents and professionals about frameworks, concepts, and strategies so that they better understand the social learning experience and what it looks like across the day. Attendees will gain new insights into how to think about social behavior as they explore a variety of tools and strategies to help their students observe, interpret, problem-solve, and respond to social information. 

Speakers
avatar for Allison King M.S.

Allison King M.S.

Clinical Director at Social Thinking Stevens Creek
Allison received a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Anthropology, and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arizona. During her time at Social Thinking Stevens Creek, Allison has helped to expand programs for young adults and assisted in the... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
P-233

10:00am PST

Getting Students Future-Ready through Diverse Career Options (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

The session focuses on Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Work-Based Learning (WBL) programs offered by PAUSD. Students who participate in CTE and WBL programs master classic college readiness skills, such as collaboration, teamwork, communication, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, information management, initiative, self-direction, professionalism, ethics, and quantitative reasoning. Through a variety of pathway programs, representing the State’s 15 CTE industry sectors, students can take classes in Industrial Tech, Automotive Technology, Culinary, and Video Production, to name of few. Courses such as these develop knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. These programs also nurture curiosity, creativity, and resilience; empowering young people to reach their full intellectual, social, and creative potential. This work supports the vision that every student should find their own unique and purposeful path to success. Come learn how PAUSD can support your students’ passions and develop their skills so they are advantaged upon graduation!

Speakers
JC

Jeong Choe

Director of Agile Teams, PAUSD
JT

Jessica Tabron

Student Data Support Specialist, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
K-2

10:00am PST

Maximizing the Potential of Neurodiverse Learners by using the Strengths-Based Model of Neurodiversity (Stanford)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Neurodiversity is about accepting variations in brain functions and behaviors in mankind. Uncovering the strengths of neurodiverse individuals empowers them to increase innovation and productivity, resulting in favorable outcomes not only for them but for the entire community. In this presentation, Dr. Fung will describe strengths-based approaches in developing neurodiverse individuals in learning and work environments. He will provide examples derived from the Stanford Neurodiversity Project.

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Fung, M.D., PhD

Lawrence Fung, M.D., PhD

Director, Stanford Neurodiversity Project, Stanford University School of Medicine
Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. Dr. Fung specializes in the phenomenology, neurobiology and novel interventions of autism spectrum condition.  He serves as Director of the Adult Neurodevelopment Clinic, and Assistant Professor (Medical... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
P-231

10:00am PST

Supporting the Learning and Emotional Needs of Your Dyslexic Child (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will offer strategies for parents whose child has been identified as having Dyslexia.  It will cover how to support learning/reading at home as well as the social-emotional-behavioral impact and how to best support your child in this area.  Parent will be provided with information about community resources, on-line resources, etc.

Speakers
RR

Rita Rodriguez, PhD

Psychologist, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
K-12

10:00am PST

Transition Services for Special Education & 504 Students (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

PAUSD Secondary Options provides transition services for our special education & 504 students.  Learn about the services for our high school students based on each students individual needs.  

Speakers
RF

Richard Fuji

Transition Specialist
JC

Janet Cardinalli

Transition Services
AS

Arshdeep Shinh

VA Teacher
RG

Robert Glenister

Employment Specialist
DH

Dave Hoshiwara

Coordinator


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PST
P-209

11:00am PST

Entendiendo la Secundaria en PAUSD/ Understanding Middle School at PAUSD (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Como es la transición, expectativas académicas, cambios sociales, y emocionales en la secundaria; y como los padres podemos apoyar  y entender a nuestros hijos en la secundaria. Esta platica es ideal para padres de 5° y 6° grado.

Speakers
AP

Ana Perez-Hood

Student and Family Engagement Specialist


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
K-9

11:00am PST

Helping Young Readers (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity filling up

How can parents help at home when they have a struggling reader?  It is so understandable for parents/caregivers to worry -- this hands-on session will give you specific tools and easy, engaging strategies to make learning at home less stressful, and more positive, productive, and fun for everyone. Walter Hays Elementary School Phono-Graphix tutor Carrie Manley will lead this interactive session, introducing you to an explicit, multi-sensory approach that results in measurable reading gains, and more confident readers.  Carrie will also offer tips for building a strong home-school partnership.  For many PAUSD families, English is not their first language--this inclusive session is here to help and support every parent. Educational professionals interested in learning more about this research-based method are also welcome to attend.

Speakers
CM

Caroline Manley

Phono-Graphix Tutor, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
K-8

11:00am PST

Number Talks - The What and How? (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

A Number Talk is a short, daily routine that provides students with meaningful ongoing practice with computation. It is a powerful tool for helping students develop computational fluency because the expectation is that they will use number relationships and the structures of numbers to add, subtract, multiply and divide”.

Speakers
MO

Mangla Oza

NBCT, Teacher Grade 4
Mangla Oza is a National Board Certified teacher and has been teaching for 26 years. She has taught grades 3, 4, and 5. Mangla was a TOSA and Instructional Coach at PAUSD for 3 years. 


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
G-4

11:00am PST

Schoology for K-12 Families (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will be a walk through of Schoology, PAUSD's official Learning Management System, a platform for communication and learning. Presenters will show participants where to see students assignments, assessments, and grades as well as course content posted by teachers. We will also explore the PAUSD "Schoology Backpack," a Schoology training course for all PAUSD parents and guardians. 

Speakers
avatar for Emily Garrison

Emily Garrison

Coordinator of Educational Technology & Libraries
Emily Garrison is Coordinator of Educational Technology and Libraries for the Palo Alto Unified School District. Formerly, she was Spanish teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for blended learning at Palo Alto High School. Ms. Garrison has presented internationally on... Read More →
KL

Kindel Launer

Paly English Teacher


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
G-1

11:00am PST

The "Not-So Alternative" Pathways to Success: Beyond the 4-year University (Foothill College)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Change your mindset on the age-old 4-year university or bust. The opportunities for "alternative" choices to 4-year colleges and universities are as prevalent as ever, and the quality to go along with it. We will answer all your questions as to the reality that is community college enrollment and other secondary choices. 

Speakers

Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
P-233

11:00am PST

Navigating PAUSD: Parents as Partners for a Successful Learning Environment
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

At each level, elementary, middle and high school, parents and students engage with their teachers and sites in differently to get the most out of their school experience.  This session will highlight specific areas of concerns for families at different points of the K-12 experience and share strategies for addressing concerns and keeping your child on track.

Speakers
MH

Michelle Higgins

PAUSD Parent
avatar for Sara Woodham

Sara Woodham

PAUSD Parent
Sara is a parent of 3 children, in 4th, 10th and 12th grades, representing 5 PAUSD schools.  Sara has been an active PTA member and served on school site council at Duveneck Elementary.  Sara has led and participated on several committees, including parcel tax campaign, and is currently... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
G-7

11:00am PST

The Pacific Islander Forum: Discussion on Culture and PAUSD (PAUSD Parents)
Limited Capacity seats available

A forum and discussion for Pacific Islander families in PAUSD. We ask that only families who identify as Pacific Islanders sign up for this course as a way to have cultural conversations. 

Speakers
MT

Melenaite Tupou

Student and Family Engagement Specialist


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
P-209

11:00am PST

Which School Can My Child Go To? (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Everything you need to know about getting in, and staying in, a PAUSD school.

Speakers
BB

Barbara Best

Registration Services Supervisor


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
K-10

11:00am PST

It's Not Too Early: Teaching Children of All Ages about Consent and Boundaries (Stanford)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This course will focus on how to teach children, from age 0 and beyond, about affirmative consent, boundaries in close relationships, and respect for one's own and others' bodies. We will reflect on what makes this topic difficult for parents, will discuss tips for talking about and modeling consensual relationships, and will review noms of sexual interest and exploration in young children. Parents will come away with specific strategies and talking tips to use at home.

Speakers
avatar for Helen W. Wilson, PhD

Helen W. Wilson, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Wilson is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University. She is Director of the Stanford Confidential Support Team, a program for students impacted by sexual and relationship violence, and has expertise in prevention and intervention related to... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
P-115

11:00am PST

Pressure-Proof Kids: 4 Parenting Pillars to Raise Happy, Successful Kids in a High Pressure World (The Connected Family)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn brain science, child development, client success stories and Kiran’s 4-Pillar True CARE Method to help you parent all ages with more connection, joy and confidence while reducing stress, conflict and worry in all family relationships.


Speakers
avatar for Kiran Gaind

Kiran Gaind

Founder of Pressure-Proof Kids and The Connected Family
Kiran Gaind is a certified life, leadership and parent coach. She is a graduate of Cornell University and a former high school educator and high school redesigner with experience working on successful school turnarounds supported by Stanford and the Gates Foundation. She is raising... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
P-116

11:00am PST

Dyslexia 101 (Children's Health Council)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this class we will define dyslexia and discuss some of the most common signs a student may have this learning difference. This class includes basic strategies for reading and spelling success for kids who have difficulty with reading. We will also provide some resources for families to use to help their child at home.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Parnello M.Ed

Lisa Parnello M.Ed

Literacy Specialist
Lisa Parnello is the Interim Lower School Director and Literacy Specialist at Sand Hill School. She trains teachers to help kids with dyslexia as well as teaches students with learning differences. 


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
K-4

11:00am PST

How to use Executive Functioning Strategies with your students to complete homework (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This presentation will introduce strategies parents can try at home to increase their child's executive functioning skills.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Selfridge-Hombaker

Jacqueline Selfridge-Hombaker

Program Specialist for Secondary Programs
Jackie joined the district in August 2015 as an Education Specialist at Gunn High School. She was born and raised in a small town in Illinois and moved to California upon her acceptance of the job offer at Gunn. In 2018, she graduated with a Master of Arts in Education Leadership... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Garcia

Laurie Garcia

Alternative Placements/NPS Program Specialist
Laurie received her Master of Science Education with an emphasis in curriculum in 2004 and her Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in executive functioning in 2010. During her first year of teaching, she joined the Board of Directors for FACE (the organization that created... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
P-231

11:00am PST

Intro to 2e - Understanding Your Smart & Struggling Student (REEL)
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have a bright child who struggles to show it at school? Are they doing advanced math at home for fun but won’t fill out a simple worksheet at school? Have they memorized elaborate sequences of historical events but can’t remember to turn in their homework? You may have a twice exceptional (2e) child!

Callie Turk and Yael Valek, founders of Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner (REEL) as well as parents of twice exceptional (2e) kids, present an interactive overview of 2e - what it is, why it matters, and effective approaches for supporting 2e learners. 2e students experience both high ability and learning challenges, which presents unique challenges in the classroom, including asynchronous development that may lead to anxiety and behavior issues. Explore strategies to help your child thrive at school.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Turk

Callie Turk

Co-Founder of REEL
Callie Turk is Co-Founder of REEL (Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner), an advocacy group building bridges between twice exceptional learners, their parents and educators. In this work, she draws on her 15+ year career working with ed tech companies and school districts at... Read More →
avatar for Yael Valek

Yael Valek

Co-Founder of Reel
Yael Valek is Co-Founder of REEL (Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner), an advocacy group building bridges between twice exceptional learners, their parents and educators. Yael has two 2e children in PAUSD and has founded start-ups in the parenting community and children's... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
K-1

12:15pm PST

Entendiendo la Secundaria en PAUSD/ Understanding Middle School at PAUSD (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Como es la transición, expectativas académicas, cambios sociales, y emocionales en la secundaria; y como los padres podemos apoyar  y entender a nuestros hijos en la secundaria. Esta platica es ideal para padres de 5° y 6° grado.

Speakers
AP

Ana Perez-Hood

Student and Family Engagement Specialist


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
K-9

12:15pm PST

Naviance - Navegando hacía la Universidad (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Aprenda cómo este recurso gratuito puede ayudar a su familia planear para la universidad. Con Naviance, puedes acceder a información sobre becas, pruebas de practica (ej. SAT, ACT), evaluaciones de carrera, y también información de universidades personalizada para encontrar la mejor escuela para su estudiante!

Speakers
avatar for Christian Muñoz

Christian Muñoz

Student and Family Engagement Specialist


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
K-12

12:15pm PST

School Smarts: Empowering parents as Advocates for their Children (CA PTA)
Limited Capacity filling up

 The School Smarts Parent Engagement Program is a model for creating meaningful and diverse parent involvement. It brings parents from all backgrounds together in support of their common interest: helping their children and schools succeed. Join us for a sneak peak into a School Smarts Academy Session and an overview of how families can learn to navigate the school system and become parent leaders. 

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Steele

Maggie Steele

School Smarts Committee Chair, CA PTA


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
K-10

12:15pm PST

The Student Asset Card: A Dual Library Card for School and City (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Through an innovative partnership between PAUSD and the Palo Alto City Libraries, all PAUSD students are now able to use their PAUSD student identification cards as fully functioning City Library cards as well. This session will discuss some of the details of this project, as well as how to be included in the project and activate the cards. Finally, we will explore a number of services available to PAUSD students through the Palo Alto City Libraries that support learning and other activities.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Garrison

Emily Garrison

Coordinator of Educational Technology & Libraries
Emily Garrison is Coordinator of Educational Technology and Libraries for the Palo Alto Unified School District. Formerly, she was Spanish teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for blended learning at Palo Alto High School. Ms. Garrison has presented internationally on... Read More →
GK

Gayathri Kanth

Interim Library Services Director for Palo Alto City Libraries


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
G-1

12:15pm PST

Learn About Our Teachers Union (PAEA)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Palo Alto Educators Association represents almost all teachers, counselors and other professional educators in the district. Please come to our presentation if you are interested in the purpose of PAEA and how we view education. 

Speakers
TB

Teri Baldwin

President, PAEA
MI

Marc Igler

Vice-President, PAEA
Teacher for 20 years, PAEA exec board for 7 years
DC

David Cohen

Executive Board Member, PAEA


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
K-2

12:15pm PST

Methods for managing challenging behaviors in children and adolescence (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn about two parent-training programs designed specifically for parents raising children who exhibit difficult and challenging behaviors. Using a behavioral model, Parent Project addresses the critical issues parents face today and offers concrete, step-by-step interventions. Participants in this mini-workshop will learn and use the model on one of their parenting challenges.

Speakers
MF

Marisol Fernandez

District Social Worker, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
P-115

12:15pm PST

The PAUSD Promise, the Board, and everything in between (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Join PAUSDs Superintendent Dr.Don Austin and School Board members as they discuss the PAUSD Promise, the functioning of the School Board, how decision are made and their effect on families, and more. They will answer questions, frame what we do here in PAUSD, and give you a better insight into the future direction of this district and how that will impact all of our families. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Don Austin

Dr. Don Austin

Superintendent, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
P-233

12:15pm PST

Complex but not Complicated: Beyond the Binaries of Gender and Sexuality (Stanford)
Limited Capacity seats available

We will talk about basic principles related to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and how this relates to the lives of young people and identity development.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Schneider, LCSW

Deb Schneider, LCSW

Program Manager, Weiland Health Initiative Stanford
Deb Schneider, LCSW (she/her/they/them) is a licensed clinical social worker with 15 years experience working with high school and college students. She is engaged in and committed to a kind of radical social work that strives to create space for all voices and experiences, particularly... Read More →
avatar for Marissa Floro, PhD

Marissa Floro, PhD

Program Manager, Weiland Health Initiative Stanford
Marissa Floro, PhD (she/her) is a clinical psychologist at Stanford University, with a flair for graphic design. She uses her creativity, wit and expertise in working across the intersections of identity and experience to deliver respectful and collaborative clinical services to students... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
G-6

12:15pm PST

Pressure-Proof Kids: 4 Parenting Pillars to Raise Happy, Successful Kids in a High Pressure World (The Connected Family)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn brain science, child development, client success stories and Kiran’s 4-Pillar True CARE Method to help you parent all ages with more connection, joy and confidence while reducing stress, conflict and worry in all family relationships.


Speakers
avatar for Kiran Gaind

Kiran Gaind

Founder of Pressure-Proof Kids and The Connected Family
Kiran Gaind is a certified life, leadership and parent coach. She is a graduate of Cornell University and a former high school educator and high school redesigner with experience working on successful school turnarounds supported by Stanford and the Gates Foundation. She is raising... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
P-116

12:15pm PST

School Gardens and Student Well-being (PTAC)
Limited Capacity seats available

Gardens benefit the whole child: mental health and SEL; physical fitness; and academics (science, math, social studies and nutrition). In PAUSD, garden clubs and curriculum are taught by a combination of parents, teachers, and non-profit organizations. Join us as we discuss the role of gardens in PAUSD and other Bay Area schools, as well as tips on how to incorporate garden education into students' lives outside the classroom.

Speakers
JL

Joslyn Leve

PTAC Environmental Action Chair
JF

Jessica Ferrell

PTA Health and Wellness at Fletcher
avatar for Sarah Cornwell

Sarah Cornwell

Executive Director of Gamble Garden
Sarah Cornwell, her husband Trevor, and their daughter Maggie moved to Palo Alto in 2009 from Washington, DC. Maggie attends JLS and is a graduate of El Carmelo Elementary.Sarah is originally from Ashland, Kentucky. She has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. from George... Read More →
MH

Margot Harrigan

Executive Director of Living Classroom


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
G-7

12:15pm PST

504s, IEPs, IDEA and Your Rights (PAUSD Attorney Partners)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn about the rights afforded to families and students under IDEA, and how that may affect you. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Elizabeth Rho-Ng and Michael Turner represent school districts, county offices of education, SELPAs, and other educational entities throughout California on various matters related to students.  Ms. Rho-Ng has presented extensively throughout the state on topics ranging from special... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Rho-Ng

Elizabeth Rho-Ng

Partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Elizabeth Rho-Ng and Michael Turner represent school districts, county offices of education, SELPAs, and other educational entities throughout California on various matters related to students.  Ms. Rho-Ng has presented extensively througout the state on topics ranging from special... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
G-4

12:15pm PST

Intro to 2e - Understanding Your Smart & Struggling Student (REEL)
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you have a bright child who struggles to show it at school? Are they doing advanced math at home for fun but won’t fill out a simple worksheet at school? Have they memorized elaborate sequences of historical events but can’t remember to turn in their homework? You may have a twice exceptional (2e) child!

Callie Turk and Yael Valek, founders of Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner (REEL) as well as parents of twice exceptional (2e) kids, present an interactive overview of 2e - what it is, why it matters, and effective approaches for supporting 2e learners. 2e students experience both high ability and learning challenges, which presents unique challenges in the classroom, including asynchronous development that may lead to anxiety and behavior issues. Explore strategies to help your child thrive at school.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Turk

Callie Turk

Co-Founder of REEL
Callie Turk is Co-Founder of REEL (Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner), an advocacy group building bridges between twice exceptional learners, their parents and educators. In this work, she draws on her 15+ year career working with ed tech companies and school districts at... Read More →
avatar for Yael Valek

Yael Valek

Co-Founder of Reel
Yael Valek is Co-Founder of REEL (Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner), an advocacy group building bridges between twice exceptional learners, their parents and educators. Yael has two 2e children in PAUSD and has founded start-ups in the parenting community and children's... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
K-1

12:15pm PST

Intro to the Special Education Process in PAUSD (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Better understand the Department of Special Education here in PAUSD

Speakers
KB

Kristen Bellamy-Lloyd

Program Specialist for Special Education


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
K-4

12:15pm PST

Transition Services for Special Education & 504 Students (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

PAUSD Secondary Options provides transition services for our special education & 504 students.  Learn about the services for our high school students based on each students individual needs.  

Speakers
RF

Richard Fuji

Transition Specialist
JC

Janet Cardinalli

Transition Services
AS

Arshdeep Shinh

VA Teacher
RG

Robert Glenister

Employment Specialist
DH

Dave Hoshiwara

Coordinator


Saturday February 22, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
P-209

1:15pm PST

Entendiendo el Informe de Progreso en la Escuela Básica (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Ayudar a los padres a entender el Informe de Progreso de la escuela Básica en términos de conceptos de notas como también en las especificaciones dentro de cada una de las áreas de aprendizaje.  La presentación será en español.

Ofrecido en Español solo.

Offered in Spanish only.

Speakers
CQ

Claudia Quiroga

Student and Family Engagement Specialist
Especialista en Participación Familiar del PAUSD. Anteriormente profesora universitaria en la Universidade de Brasilia, Brasil y madre de dos estudiantes del distrito escolar unificado de Palo Alto.


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
K-9

1:15pm PST

Schoology for K-12 Families (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will be a walk through of Schoology, PAUSD's official Learning Management System, a platform for communication and learning. Presenters will show participants where to see students assignments, assessments, and grades as well as course content posted by teachers. We will also explore the PAUSD "Schoology Backpack," a Schoology training course for all PAUSD parents and guardians. 

Speakers
avatar for Emily Garrison

Emily Garrison

Coordinator of Educational Technology & Libraries
Emily Garrison is Coordinator of Educational Technology and Libraries for the Palo Alto Unified School District. Formerly, she was Spanish teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for blended learning at Palo Alto High School. Ms. Garrison has presented internationally on... Read More →
KL

Kindel Launer

Paly English Teacher


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
G-1

1:15pm PST

The AVID Program (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

Advancement Via Individual Determination is a national program dedicated to supporting the enrollment of first-generation students into colleges and universities. Beginning as early as elementary school, students in the AVID elective are taught high level inquiry practices, effective problem solving, focused note taking, organization and time-management, and how to see themselves as capable of success, even in rigorous courses. Come learn about PAUSDs program, enrollment, and the direction it's moving in the next few years. 

Speakers
MF

Miguel Fittoria

Coordinator for Student and Family Engagement


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
K-10

1:15pm PST

Raising Equity-Minded Students (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Discuss with us what it's like to raise children ready to engage in a diverse world. We will have an open conversation about what equity truly means, what we need to support our children in interacting with peers of any and all backgrounds, and how to have those hard conversations about race and culture. We will create a safe and trusting space to have genuine conversations in this session. 

Speakers
YC

Yolanda Conaway

Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Student Affairs, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
K-8

1:15pm PST

Coaching Our Kids Toward Behavior Change (Omni Wellness)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Our concerns as parents are wide ranging - from vaping to mindless screen time to social media influences. Research suggests that skills such as ‘motivational interviewing’ are even more effective than educating our kids about the health detriments of unsafe lifestyle choices. Join this interactive workshop and learn some tips on how to steer and cheer from the sidelines, so that we do not have to holler and hover from above!

Speakers
avatar for Sumita Vasudeva

Sumita Vasudeva

Founder of Omni Wellness
Sumita Vasudeva is a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist and Yoga Teacher. Her recent Health4All Fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Stanford Medical University has allowed her to expand her services from ‘consulting and educating about wellness’ to also ‘coaching behavior change... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
P-231

1:15pm PST

Complex but not Complicated: Beyond the Binaries of Gender and Sexuality (Stanford)
Limited Capacity seats available

We will talk about basic principles related to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and how this relates to the lives of young people and identity development.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Schneider, LCSW

Deb Schneider, LCSW

Program Manager, Weiland Health Initiative Stanford
Deb Schneider, LCSW (she/her/they/them) is a licensed clinical social worker with 15 years experience working with high school and college students. She is engaged in and committed to a kind of radical social work that strives to create space for all voices and experiences, particularly... Read More →
avatar for Marissa Floro, PhD

Marissa Floro, PhD

Program Manager, Weiland Health Initiative Stanford
Marissa Floro, PhD (she/her) is a clinical psychologist at Stanford University, with a flair for graphic design. She uses her creativity, wit and expertise in working across the intersections of identity and experience to deliver respectful and collaborative clinical services to students... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
G-6

1:15pm PST

It's Not Too Early: Teaching Children of All Ages about Consent and Boundaries (Stanford)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This course will focus on how to teach children, from age 0 and beyond, about affirmative consent, boundaries in close relationships, and respect for one's own and others' bodies. We will reflect on what makes this topic difficult for parents, will discuss tips for talking about and modeling consensual relationships, and will review noms of sexual interest and exploration in young children. Parents will come away with specific strategies and talking tips to use at home.

Speakers
avatar for Helen W. Wilson, PhD

Helen W. Wilson, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Wilson is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University. She is Director of the Stanford Confidential Support Team, a program for students impacted by sexual and relationship violence, and has expertise in prevention and intervention related to... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
K-12

1:15pm PST

Optimal Nutrition - Controversy vs. Consensus (Stanford)
Limited Capacity full
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The impression coming from the media is that nutrition topics are extremely controversial - Omega-3 fats, gluten, Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat, how much protein, ketogenic vs. vegan. Professor Christopher Gardner has been a researcher in the field of nutrition for the past 30 years, and has served on committees from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association that develop dietary guidelines, and he concludes that there is far more agreement than disagreement. Join him for an engaging blend of science and humor and an interactive discussion of the consensus and controversies of nutrition.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Gardner, PhD

Christopher Gardner, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Christopher Gardner has a PhD in Nutrition Science from UC Berkeley, and is the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He has spent the last 30 years studying what to eat and what to avoid to maximize health, as well as studying different motivators of successful... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
P-115

1:15pm PST

504s, IEPs, IDEA and Your Rights (PAUSD Attorney Partners)
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn more about IDEA and the rights afforded to students and families in Special Education as well as with 504 plans. Learn the differences, how to understand your rights, and how to advocate for yourself. 

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Rho-Ng

Elizabeth Rho-Ng

Partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Elizabeth Rho-Ng and Michael Turner represent school districts, county offices of education, SELPAs, and other educational entities throughout California on various matters related to students.  Ms. Rho-Ng has presented extensively througout the state on topics ranging from special... Read More →
avatar for Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Elizabeth Rho-Ng and Michael Turner represent school districts, county offices of education, SELPAs, and other educational entities throughout California on various matters related to students.  Ms. Rho-Ng has presented extensively throughout the state on topics ranging from special... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
G-4

1:15pm PST

Education Outside of the Classroom (PAUSD)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will teach families how to support elementary students with special needs outside of the classroom. Bridging the gaps between the classroom and the community. 

Speakers
JS

Jodi Snyder

Education Specialist at Fairmeadow Elementary, PAUSD
VV

Vanessa Valencia

Education Specialist at Juana Briones Elementary, PAUSD


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
K-4

1:15pm PST

Experience Dyslexia and Learning Differences for Yourself (PTAC/REEL)
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience firsthand some of the challenges and frustrations that children with learning differences, dyslexia and/or ADHD face on a daily basis with reading, writing, and processing. Parents are invited to attend this hands-on simulation, to see learning through these students’ eyes. Understanding students’ experience is an essential part of addressing their behaviors and needs. Rotate among learning stations that simulate language-related tasks that may occur in the classroom. Leaders will guide participants through each 10-minute station.
The CAC/PTAC/REEL partnership was formed in May 2019, to bring this simulation to PAUSD teachers as a part of their professional development and the district's strategy for educating students with learning differences like dyslexia.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Turk

Callie Turk

Co-Founder of REEL
Callie Turk is Co-Founder of REEL (Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner), an advocacy group building bridges between twice exceptional learners, their parents and educators. In this work, she draws on her 15+ year career working with ed tech companies and school districts at... Read More →
avatar for Yael Valek

Yael Valek

Co-Founder of Reel
Yael Valek is Co-Founder of REEL (Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner), an advocacy group building bridges between twice exceptional learners, their parents and educators. Yael has two 2e children in PAUSD and has founded start-ups in the parenting community and children's... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Eng Lee

Kimberly Eng Lee

Palo Alto CAC Co-Chair
The Palo Alto CAC is a volunteer group that supports families of students with extraordinary needs, IEPs and 504s. We build community and raise awareness through events and outreach, and have advised district leadership on special education and inclusion issues since 1988. www.c... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May

PTA Council VP of Education
The Palo Alto Council of PTAs works with PAUSD staff, the Board of Education, community partners and PTAs at our 17 schools to support PAUSD students and families, to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm PST
P-116