Past Parent Education Events

2015-2016 PVSD Parent Education Events
CMS Math Adoption- September 10th
Director of Learning and Innovation, Jason Borgen, along with CMS Principal, Cyndi Maijala, present information on the math adoption process for Corte Madera School. Math materials are available in the CMS office. After viewing materials in the office, parents were asked to take a brief survey. 
Learning Bus Event in East Palo Alto - September 21st
PVSD staff members handed out Kindles to K-5th graders and worked with students and parents to explain how to use the Kindles and how to support them at home. The second half of the meeting focused on parents' wishes and desires for their children, ending in a parent activity that identified additional topics for parent education this year. 
Maker Spaces: Sylvia Martinez- September 28th
Nationally renowned Maker Space leader Sylvia Martinez shared her wisdom on making, tinkering and ties to Project Based Learning. She shared ideas from her book "Invent To Learn"  and showed the YouTube video clip "Caines Arcade", which captures the excitement of the student maker movement. 
Next Generation of Science Standards/Project Lead the Way- October 2nd 
Director of Learning and Innovation, Jason Borgen, reviews the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) and the engineering focused curriculum of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). 
Universal Design For Learning: Access For All - October 7th
Kevin Schaefer, from WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, shares thoughts and ideas for addressing the needs of all students.  
Please click on the links below for handouts that were available at the presentation. 
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress(CAASPP)- October 8th
Director of Learning and Innovation, Jason Borgen, reviews the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and how to interpret student test results. 
Resiliency- October 14th Brown Bag Lunch
Dr. Joseph Gumina, a family/child/adolescent psychologist and lead psychologist in pediatrics at CPMC, will be speaking about parenting practices that contribute to the development of resilience in children. The presentation will cover 10 ideas that suggest ways parents can create learning experiences that facilitate the rehearsal of important learning, reflection and problem solving skills for kids. 
The Digital World and Kids - October 22nd 
Join Common Sense Media, the national leader in Digital Media ratings, research, and advice as they come to Portola Valley to share some key aspects of Digital Citizenship. You will discuss ways in which we can all stay aware of online behavior, ethics, and privacy. 
Common Core Event in East Palo Alto- November 19th
PVSD staff provided an overview of the Common Core State Standards and shared applications of how families can help their students at home. Parents also learned about how to support their child's writing and speaking skills in grades K-8.  
Nutrition Information from Nutritionist Jennifer Stimson- March 8th
Jennifer Stimson presented helpful information on healthy food choices for our children and ourselves. From tips on healthy snacks to how to make better choices while eating out at restaurants, staff and parents learned a lot! Mrs. Stimson also presented to both Ormondale and Corte Madera students on healthy food choices. 
Managing Stress and Anxiety: Invitations for Children and Families- March 17th
Dr. Joseph Gumina, a family/child/adolescent psychologist and lead psychologist in pediatrics at CPMC, will be speaking about stress and anxiety. Dr. Gumina will offer 10 invitations for students and parents to help manage stress and anxiety. 
Homework Tips and Technology Event in East Palo Alto- March 22nd
PVSD staff shared homework tips and information on district technology. Parents had an opportunity to try out Chromebooks to see first hand how students are using the devices for classroom work.  
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - a Primer and Implementation Steps- April 14th
Dr. HelenQuinn talks of the conceptual and philosophical shifts in the new standards and some models of implementation. There will be time to provide input on PVSD's next steps to implementing the NGSS.