Pasadena Unified Parent Seminar on 21st Century Learning and the Common Core

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) presents the free seminar 21st Century Learning: the Common Core for Parents, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room, 351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena.

Parents can learn how California’s adoption of the new common core standards and PUSD’s focus on transferable skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity are changing the way that students learn. The seminar will include information on 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.

21st Century Learning: the Common Core for Parents is sponsored by PUSD’s Family Resource Center, which supports parents, teachers and staff in building partnerships for student achievement. For information on other parent education opportunities, visit

Spanish translation and childcare for school-age children provided.

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