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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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Academic Success [clear filter]
Saturday, February 22
 

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

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

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

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