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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 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Diversity Topic - Bridging the Great Divide with Parent Engagement: Common Threads That Weave Success LIMITED

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How much does parent engagement or lack thereof determine the educational outcome of our children? What can we as parents do better to be involved, despite the challenges and obstacles that arise? How do cultural norms, economics, race, and educational DNA get in the way, and how do we break down the barriers to be more engaged and a facilitator of our children’s educational path and potentially prosperous future?

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Gina Parker Collins, founder of RIISE,  is a parent advocate and school advisor. Founder of Resources In Independent School Education in 2009, Gina is proud to lead and collaborate with this powerful educational network bridging the gaps between families of color and the culture... Read More →
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Gina Parker Collins

Founder | Author | Parent Advocate | School Advisor | Social Entrepreneur, RIISE- Resources in Independent School Education
Gina Parker Collins, is a parent advocate, independent school advisor and author. She is the founder of Resources In Independent School Education also known as RIISE. Through digital and live platforms Gina speaks to the heart of the matter, interpreting experiences that support awareness... Read More →

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Tiffany Ellis Butts

Co-Chair, Riverdale Country School, Parents of Color
Tiffany Ellis Butts is a member of the Riverdale Country School community where she serves as Co-Chair of the Parents of Color Committee (POC). Professionally, she is an arts management consultant specializing in marketing, with a focus on audience development and engagement. Over... Read More →
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Nadine Carroll

Lead Teacher, George Jackson Academy
I am in my 8th year as a teacher at George Jackson Academy. I teach 5th grade Math and Science and 8th grade Social Justice. This year, I serve as a lead teacher. My role is to provide support for teachers by observing and conferencing about lesson plans, students and their overall... Read More →
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Lina Gonzalez

Co-founder, parent, JCL Team
Lina Gonzalez is a healthcare design consultant designing medical facilities throughout NYC's five boroughs for clients such as Emblem Health, Simone Properties and Montefiore Hospital.  She also co-founded JCLTeam, a consulting firm that provides walking, running and cycling instruction... Read More →
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Melissa Providence

Director of Placement, Oliver Scholars
Melissa Providence joined the Oliver family in September of 2014. Originally from Brooklyn NY, Melissa attended the Nightingale-Bamford School and went on to receive her BA in English and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work in education began upon returning... Read More →
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Mingyuan Song

Consultant, Jinshi Consulting Corp
Founder of Jinshi consulting corp.Consultant in major investment bankCo-chair of chinese family network in Horace Mann school.Active in bridging western education system with Chinese education

Saturday March 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm EST