Get Virtual Support
In addition to all the resources and information that PEN provides parents, there are many websites that provide tips and tools for parents. Here are some of our favorites:
Collaborate PASadena – Interactive groupsite connects people, PUSD & city staff, elected officials, and community organizations collaborating to ensure that the children of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre all grow up in a safe, stable and supportive environment that prepares them for success in school and in life.
Pasadena Educational Foundation – develops community partnerships, financial resources and educational opportunities to PUSD that benefit all students and encourage greater involvement from the community in support of public education. PEF will help your school set up an Annual Fund.
PTA.org – loads of great information about everything from advocacy to developing school/parent partnerships to best practices to great ideas you can implement. The PTA Advocacy brochure can be found here.
Volunteer Sign Up Tools: – Started by a volunteer mom to enable ANYONE to quickly mobilize and coordinate volunteers in their community, congregation and social network. Easy, free scheduling and sign up tools for everyday heroes making a difference.
Parent-Teacher Communication Tips:
Curriculum and Instruction
Understanding your Student’s State Testing Report – This Calif. Dept. of Education video shows parents how to read and understand your child’s score report for the 2016-2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
Common Core Curriculum Standards – The Common Core Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. Implementation is set for 2014.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – State-adopted Common Core standards and the State of California Dept. of Education’s implementation plan, including resource links geared towards parents & students, teachers, and administrators.
21st Century Learning – Read more about the skills that fuse academics with critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.
Fundraising and Event Planning
Bidding For Good – set up an online auction
State Your Case
California Consortium of Education Foundations
CCEF is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public education by building the capacity of the 600 local education foundations in California.
California Department of Education
The California Department of Education’s core purpose is to lead and support the continuous improvement of student achievement, with a specific focus on closing achievement gaps.
ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career
ConnectEd is dedicated to advancing practice, policy, and research aimed at helping young people prepare for both college and career through Linked Learning—a high school improvement approach now being used in PUSD with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.
Ed100 is the work of a small team with a dream: shouldn't it be easier to learn about the education system and get involved in making it better? Includes short (5-minute) online “lessons” in English and Spanish to bring you up to speed about education in California (funding, class size, achievement data, advocacy, and more!), plus a blog with timely education-related topics.
EdSource is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to clarify complex education issues and to promote thoughtful policy decisions about public school improvement.
Established by our state’s leading educational philanthropists who understand that the future of California will be shaped by the quality of education our public schools deliver.