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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 panels for a dialogue with you about educating and nurturing these unique learners. The workshop series was launched in Spring 2011.
2012-2013 WORKSHOP CALENDAR
#1: Wednesday, September 19, 2012; 6:30pm-8pm
THE NYC GIFTED & TALENTED PROCESS: AN INSIDERS GUIDE TO ADMISSIONS & TESTING FOR PUBLIC & Firm Schools
Whether you’re set on Hunter, citywide, districtwide, private or your local public school, don’t miss P.A.L.’s Signature Workshop on the G&T Process from those who know it best. Join Karen Quinn, the best-selling author of the Ivy Chronicles and Testing for Kindergarten, along with NYC Gifted and Talented parent expert Michael McCurdy, and parents as they share advice and insider secrets to get your child into the most appropriate school for their needs. Topics will include a general understanding of the tests required for the various G&T programs, including new changes. Karen and Michael will discuss the 7-Abilities every test assesses and your child must have to succeed in kindergarten and beyond; public and private school processes and procedures, timelines and deadlines. This is a not-to-be-missed session for all parents exploring kindergarten options in NYC! This session is ideally suited for parents interested in pursuing kindergarten/elementary admission and testing for public, private and Hunter.
#2: Tuesday, October 16, 2012; 6:30pm-8pm
WHAT’S HAPPENING TO GIFTED & TALENTED EDUCATION IN NYC? A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NY FAMILY MAGAZINE
With all the frenzy around G&T tests each year, why are there so few schools and programs catering to this population of learners? Join New York Family Magazine Editor Eric Messinger as he moderates a panel of principals, parents, psychologists and teachers as they explore G&T Education in New York City. This session is ideally suited for parents interested in pursuing or already in a gifted and talented program in NYC.
#3: Tuesday, November 13, 2012; 6:30pm-8pm
CRITICAL ISSUES FOR THE NYC MIDDLE SCHOOLER: G&T MIDDLE SCHOOL OPTIONS, CHARACTER EDUCATION & BULLYING
Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed sets the tone for this thought-provoking panel of Middle School directors and parents as they share insight and perspectives on the critical issues Gifted & Talented children face in NYC middle schools. This session is ideally suited for parents of middle schoolers and upper elementary students.
#4: Tuesday, January 15, 2013; 6:30pm-8pm
MINI-SESSION: THE MATH HOMEWORK HELPER
Kids AND parents, struggle no more! Math specialists join P.A.L. for a hands-on session to help parents change the way they approach math homework with their children. Leave your personal experiences behind and come learn new ways to encourage and support your child’s skills with effective strategies, games, apps and more. This session is ideally suited for parents of elementary students who are looking for concrete ways to improve their child’s math understanding, provide solid foundations in math skills and break the stigma associated with math.
#5: Tuesday, May 21, 2013; 6:30pm-8pm
‘SUMMER SLIDE’ PREVENTION: ENRICHING EXPERIENCES & ENGAGING SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES TO PREVENT SUMMER LEARNING LOSS
Children can lose up to 25% of their reading level over the summer and two months of grade level equivalency in math skills. The cumulative effect can be even more devastating. This session, focused on the preschool and elementary crowd is chock full of great resources, games, apps and tips, from summer reading recommendations to summer science experiments and magical math fun to keep your child’s noggin’ on fire. Additional topics include: bibliotherapy and videotherapy; Mind Sports, summer book clubs, apps, unique camps and other opportunities.
Stay Tuned! March 2013: THE NYC 2013 GIFTED & TALENTED CONFERENCE, A ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers
Don’t miss our inaugural event with experts in gifted education, local specialists, G&T school directors and a sampling of the best programs for G&T kids.
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Supporting Organizations: National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE), Twice-Exceptional Children’s Advocacy (TECA), Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies, Rutgers Gifted Education Certificate Program, and more.
Shamur A. Khen, Ph.D., Founder & Publisher of the NYC Firm Schools Blog is a partner with The P.A.L. Workshop Series.