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The 2016 NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium & Benefit includes topics on talent development, social & emotional development and how to navigate the practical matters for parents and educators of NYCs high potential youth, from pre-k through middle school. As requested by NYC families, the keynote, Finding Nourishment for Advanced Learners in Today’s Education Desert by Johns Hopkins Center for Talent Youth’s Dr. Elaine Hansen and a Thought Leaders Conversation– The Secret Sauce: Articulating What Works in Educating High Ability Youth Citywide will focus on best practices for supporting high ability youth throughout NYC.  A Curated Exhibit Hall will feature the best and most unique programs to support the passion, interest and talent areas of our children. The Education Technology Discovery Showcase allows parents and educators to test drive innovative programs that support teachers and students in the classroom and children and their parents at home. And finally, the Michael Perelstein Discover Your Passion awardees, the third cohort of talented NYC youth with talents that include the arts, comedic performance, computer science, music and chess, will exemplify what gifted and talented education looks like in practice.
To learn more about the organizer, Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC [PALNYC], see our site at PALWorkshopsnyc.org.

Not sure what sessions to attend? Our top picks by age range are below:
Parents of Pre-Schoolers + Kindergarteners: Thought Leaders + Keynote, Any of the Talent Development, Intro to Social & Emotional Development, Flip Side of Gifted, ABCs of Pre-K, It’s Elementary, 2E, Gifted Ed Toolkit, Diversity Topic, Secret Sauce Part 2
Rising K-5th grade, Elementary School Parents:  Thought Leaders + Keynote, Any of the Talent Development, Intro to Social & Emotional Development, Flip Side of Gifted, Dog Ate My iPad,  It’s Elementary, Navigating Middle School,  2E, Gifted Ed Toolkit, Gender Topic, Diversity Topic, What to Do When It’s Not the Right Fit, Secret Sauce Part 2, Genius: Then, Now & Tomorrow
Rising 5-8th graders, Middle School Parents:  Thought Leaders + Keynote, All of the Talent Development, Intro to Social & Emotional Development, Flip Side of Gifted, Dog Ate My iPad, Middle School Mayhem,  Navigating Middle School, Pathway to Highschool,  2E, Gifted Ed Toolkit, Gender Topic, Diversity Topic, What to Do When It’s Not the Right Fit, Secret Sauce Part 2, Genius: Then, Now & Tomorrow 
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Saturday, March 12 • 8:30am - 9:00am
Presentation of The Michael Perelstein DYP Scholarship Awardees LIMITED

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Presentation of the Michael Perelstein Discover Your Passion Competition Awardees
PALNYC in partnership with School Search Solutions is pleased to introduce the winners of the 2015 Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund Discover Your Passion award winners:

Ashley Chiu, the grand prize winner is a 6th grade student at The Quad Prep School.  Her passion is sewing- especially historically-inspired work. Ashley’s love of sewing began with a sewing class at her local fabric store. She started thinking about historical costumes after seeing a “Colonial Girl Dress Up” game on Google. Ashley plans to use her $5,000.00 award money in three ways: (1) a better sewing machine (2) more materials such as fabric, thread, boning, etc., (3) classes offered by other historical costume designers.

Leo Lorge is a 7th grade student at The Computer School, who has a passion for interviewing bands and other interesting people. He became interested in interviewing because his parents hosted a show called Kidrockers.  Leo is inspired by the interview style of Jimmy Kimmel, who he says “just talks to people in a normal way and is very funny”.  Leo intends to use the $3,500.00 award money to pay for interview expenses, including filming and editing. He will attend classes and private coaching sessions to build his skills, and buy a camera. http://vimeo.com/140856126

Rowan Walter is a 6th grade student at The Speyer Legacy School with a passion for drawing, cartooning and animating.  Rowan likes to make people happy and to make them think – he believes the world needs more humor and that comics make people happy, helps them think in a different way and creates positive conversations.  Rowan will use his $3,500.00 award to pay for formal training to advance to the next level, which includes a comic book club and animation workshops. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Ee_8Yh4j4&feature=youtu.be

Emma Yang, a 7th grade student at the Brearley School, has a strong passion for computer science, programming and using technology to solve problems, especially healthcare. Emma created a prototype for an app called ConcussionChecker, which can quickly and easily evaluate a concussion by looking for certain symptoms and performing a variety of tests. Her ultimate goal is to create an iPhone iOS app that helps patients with Alzheimer’s live their daily lives better. With her $3,500.00award, Emma will be taking classes such as Introduction to Software Engineering and iOS Mobile Development, which will provide her with a good foundation for computer programming and training for mobile development for iOS devices, such as iPhone and iPad. The funding will also be used to purchase a one year subscription to tools (e.g. graphics tools, user interface and photo libraries) and services (e.g. app hosting and analytics) which will help her develop a professional grade app. https://vimeo.com/124749621

Declan Keegan is a 6th grade student at The Computer School, with a passion for playing piano.  He inherited his great-grandmothers’ upright piano when he was 7 and began taking lessons at the age of 9. Declan says he that he tried the guitar and trumpet, but chose the piano because it “spoke to him”. Declan will use his $1,500.00 award money to purchase a new piano and music lessons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwNiBFapuUo

Alexander Kempe is a 3rd grade student at Success Academy Union Square and his passion is chess.  He has been playing chess since the age of 4 and competing in tournaments at 5.  A few of Alexander’s goals are to become a chess champion like Bobby Fischer, a great chess teacher like Bruce Pandolfini and to teach blind people how to play chess.  He will use his $1,500.00  award to pay for chess lessons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2mkM-NaeUI&feature=youtu.be

Azriel and Azelia McCall are a brother and sister from Brooklyn, who attend PS 11, and are in grades 5 and 3, respectively.  Both have a passion for the violin.  They started playing violin 14 months ago at the Noel Pointer Foundation summer camp and fell in love with the instrument.  According to Azriel, the quote “Music is the universal language of mankind”, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, represents his and his sister’s passion.  Azriel and Azelia will use their $1,500.00 award money for music books, private lessons, and violin rentals. https://youtu.be/4IHNzT5VxMk


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Angelique LeDoux

Board of Director, Conference Director, PANDAS Network
Angelique LeDoux is a writer and picture editor turned education advocate based in New York City, and the founding partner and executive director of Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC (PALNYC). LeDoux is also a board of director with the Menlo Park-based non-profit, PANDAS Network... Read More →
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Elizabeth Perelstein

Chair, Founder, The School Choice Group, The Education Experts
Liz Perelstein is the Chair and Founder of School Choice International. A seasoned educator herself, she started the company as an expatriate in London over ten years ago. Prior to founding School Choice International she was a teacher, an educational administrator, a school board... Read More →
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Shamir Khan, PhD

Co-Founder, Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC- PALNYC
Shamir A. Khan, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is a Co-Founder of Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC (PALNYC). In Dr. Khan’s clinical practice, he primarily works with underrepresented and diverse adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He has served on the adjunct doctoral... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am EST
Auditorium [A014]