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Spring Event 2015

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Thank you to all who attended and supported the

Pasadena Educational Foundation's 2015 Spring Event
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6PM Pasadena City Hall - Courtyard


See photos from the Spring Event here >>


We were honored to introduce Dr. Brian McDonald, Pasadena’s new Superintendent of Schools.  The event featured Dr. S. Dallas Dance, a nationally recognized leader in education and one of ten White House Connected Educator Champions of Change. Dr. Dance, Superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools, also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology in Education.  Both he and Dr. McDonald worked together in the Houston Independent School District in Texas as top administrators and share a vision of how all students can achieve their highest potential.

The 2015 Exemplary Service Award was presented to The Helen and Will Webster Foundation for their incredibly generous and visionary support of our community, our Pasadena Unified School District schools, and the Pasadena Educational Foundation.

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Your participation as a patron of “Celebrating our Schools” supports the priorities and forward-thinking initiatives of our district, and helps PEF provide award-winning art programs, summer school, and cutting-edge classroom technology. 

Special Guest Speaker

Dr. S. Dallas Dance

Superintendent Baltimore Public Schools

S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, is responsible for overseeing one of the largest school districts in the nation.  A rising star in education, Dr. Dance is highly regarded for being a vibrant and driven leader, committed to advancing technology in the classroom.

Dr. Dance was appointed to the twelve-member board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and was named one of eight eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendents.

In 2013 Dr. Dance was named one of ten White House Connected Educator Champions of Change, and last November he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.


OPINION: Baltimore Sun, May 15, 2015
A better Baltimore region depends upon quality education
By Superintendent S. Dallas Dance and Gregory E. Thornton, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools

"This is the time to deepen our engagement and investment in youth in order to bring about social justice for a better Baltimore. As the leaders of our region's school systems, we believe this is the time to show the nation that while there are several domains that need to be addressed to solve the complex problems that lie ahead of us, it all begins with providing each child with a high-quality education."

Read the full article here >>



Dr. Brian McDonald

Superintendent Pasadena Unified School District

Brian McDonald, is Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District. As the chief executive officer of a district with more than 17,000 students, he brings a vision of how all students can achieve their highest potential, formed during his many years of experience as a teacher, school principal and district administrator.
Dr. McDonald joined PUSD as Chief Academic Officer in October 2011 after an extensive career in the Houston Independent School District in Texas.
A fluent Spanish speaker, he lives with his family in Pasadena.  He and his wife, Varinia, are the proud parents of five PUSD students.

Pasadena City Hall Courtyard

Completed in 1927, Pasadena City Hall is one of the crown jewels of Pasadena. Designed by the San Francisco architecture firm of Bakewell and Brown, it combines elements of both Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture and is inspired by the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio's work.  The Courtyard has a strong Colonial influence with a cast stone Baroque fountain as the focal point. Paths of crushed granite define the flower beds and cloistered arches paved with red Padre tiles surround the courtyard. California live oak trees provide shade for azaleas, hydrangeas, and rhododendron and beds of annuals that are planted on a rotational basis.


Pasadena Educational Foundation's 2015 Spring Event


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