P.A.L. Workshop #3: The Accelerated Learner Part 1 – Parenting the Accelerated Learner

by NYC Firm Schools on April 7, 2011

The P.A.L. (Parents of Accelerated Learners) – PARENT WORKSHOP SERIES

Register today at: Eventbrite

Presented by

* Jade’s Toy Box
* NYC Firm Schools Blog
* NYC G&T Blog
* TestingMom.com

in Partnership with Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center

INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A Dialogue about Education for Parents of Accelerated Learners

The Workshop Series
The P.A.L. monthly workshop series helps parents of accelerated learners understand important topics relevant to their young child’s cognitive, social & emotional development. Experts and practitioners in the field of gifted and talented education and parent advocates will join our panel for a dialogue with you about educating and nurturing these unique learners.

WORKSHOP #3 (for description of additional workshops, click here):

#3 – TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm
The Accelerated Learner Part 1 – Parenting the Accelerated Learner– From initial signs of giftedness and strength areas to a deeper look at their shared characteristics and common issues, experts and parents will share tips for parenting the gifted child.

Additional topics will include early advanced ability; the developmental spectrum from early childhood through adolescence, family support and talent development; being a minority within a minority; the young gifted boy in a culture of red shirting; and a glimpse at studies on gifted education under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), A Nation Deceived, STEM report highlights and encouraging our girls to explore STEM fields.

Panelists include:

  • Razel Solow, Ph.D.

    Dr. Razel Solow is Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Education at Hunter College, the coordinator of the graduate program, and a partner with the Hunter College Campus Schools. Most recently, Dr. Solow has been collaborating with a research group from the Yale Child Study Center on alternative assessments of intelligence. She also provides professional development about gifted education and organizes meetings for the Coalition of Gifted Schools. Her book on exceptionally gifted girls, tentatively titled “Lives of Purpose,” will be published in November 2011 by Great Potential Press.

  • Connie Coulianos
    Connie Coulianos, head of the Speyer Legacy School for gifted children in Manhattan, has devoted the past two decades to the education of precocious preschool children, their teachers and parents. Through her work with this population at the Hollingworth Preschool, Teachers College, Columbia University, she developed the child-responsive curriculum that serves as the core for Speyer Legacy School. She has presented various aspects of her work locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Ranu Boppana, M.D.
    Dr. Ranu Boppana is an Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and a Clinical Instructor at the NYU Child Study Center and the NYU Department of Psychiatry. She is a graduate of MIT and the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Boppana is the mother of an accelerated learner, and is married to a mathematician who is an innovator in math education. She has been active in the parent associations of private and public schools in Manhattan. She has experience parenting a gifted child and advocating for her child’s needs through high school. She has also heard the concerns of many other parents of children who are accelerated learners.
  • Alina Adams
    Alina Adams writes the NY Gifted Education column for Examiner.com. She has been navigating the NYC school system and enrichment options on behalf of her three children and their diverse talents for over a decade.

The Downtown Community Center,
120 Warren Street between Greenwich Street and Westside Highway in Tribeca (by Whole Foods in Tribeca)

$10 per workshop*

Free to DCC members.

*We believe that all children deserve an education appropriate for their learning style and ability level to reach their fullest potential. So if you are unable to pay for the P.A.L. series, please don’t let it stop you from attending. Contact us and request a P.A.L Scholarship application to attend for free.

Registration: Eventbrite

To register by phone, or for more information about the series,
please contact Angelique LeDoux, 212.343.8881 or email angelique@jadestoybox.com

For media inquiries, please contact Kirk Green:

Gonzo Communications 949.292.1331, kirk@gonzocom.com

Supporting Organizations, among others:

* National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)
* Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE)
* Twice-Exceptional Children’s Advocacy (TECA)
* Center for Gifted Studies and Education, Hunter College
* Rutgers University, Gifted Education Certificate Program

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