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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 
Saturday, March 12 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Navigating Middle School: Admissions, Testing & the Interview Process LIMITED

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Admissions, Testing and the Interview Process for Public and Independent School Options

Admissions
- When is the right time to apply and when does middle school begin?
- Different types of Middle schools and philosophies (single sex, religious, traditional progressive, international etc…)
- The Myth of the Top Tier School
Right fit is key!

Testing
- What is the ISEE?
- What are schools looking for from the ISEE?
- When Should My Child take the test?
- Do We Prep For The Test?

The Interview Process
-Tips for the parent interview (be honest, turn off phones, united front with partner, feel confident but not entitled, understand the school’s philosophy, ask questions but nothing controversial!)
-Tips for child interview (most important!)
show excitement, understand the school’s philosophy, keep stories personal, ask questions that show interest in the school, no negatives about current school, relax and have fun!

Connections
- What are real connections?

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Brozost, MEd

Jennifer Brozost, MEd

Founder, PEAS (Private Education Advisory Service)
Jennifer attended New York University and received her Master's degree in Education from Columbia University's Teacher's College. She has her degree in the advanced teaching of Reading and Writing from Columbia University's Reading and Writing Project. She taught second grade and... Read More →
avatar for Vimmi Shroff, MEd

Vimmi Shroff, MEd

Founder, PEAS, Private Education Advisory Service
Vimmi completed her Undergraduate degree in Business and Economics in India. She has a Masters in Education from New York University. She taught at various private schools in New York City. She has worked as an admissions officer as well as a Director of Admissions at various New... Read More →
avatar for Robin Aronow, PhD

Robin Aronow, PhD

Educational Consultant, School Search NYC
Robin Aronow, Ph.D. consults with numerous private nursery and elementary schools, and individual families looking for ongoing schools pre-K through high school. She has written several articles about the process of applying to schools and conducts workshops entitled "Life After Nursery... Read More →



Saturday March 12, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
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