PUSD Invites Parents to Free Common Core Seminar

By Anna Buss

Pasadena Unified School District will offer a free seminar tomorrow for parents about curriculum changes as well as new testing practices.

“21st Century Learning: the Common Core for Parents,” will allow parents to understand and learn about the adoption of state’s new common core standards. Also, the PUSD will focus on  how “transferable skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity are changing the way that students learn.” Parents will also receive information about the new standardized tests that will be field tested later this year.

“To excel in the 21st century, our graduates must be prepared to be effective problem-solvers and disciplined innovators,” said PUSD Superintendent Jon R. Gundry, who has championed 21st century learning skills and project-based learning in the district. “The way that students complete homework, how their skills and knowledge are tested and how parents support their children’s education is changing and we want to inform and support parents in this transition.”

The seminar includes presentations by PUSD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Brian McDonald, Marshall Fundamental Secondary School Principal Dr. Mark Anderson and district Professional Development Coordinator Helen Chan Hill.

SUBJECT: 21st Century Learning: the Common Core for Parents
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: PUSD Education Center, Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room (Room 236), 351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena

Spanish translation and childcare for school-age children provided.