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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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Supporting Diverse Learners [clear filter]
Saturday, February 22
 

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

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

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

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