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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 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Middle School Mayhem: Understanding & Encouraging Healthy Risk Taking LIMITED

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Taking risks is an important part of life, and most certainly a hallmark of the transition from childhood to adulthood. If one never take risks they never learn about their capacities and we are deprived of the joy of new experiences. Risks can be healthy and they can be unhealthy. Avoidance of risk is only one piece of the puzzle. Part of an adult’s role in nurturing middle schoolers is to encourage risks in safe environments and equip them to avoid taking risks in situations where they could endanger themselves or others. Join us for a facilitated conversation about talking with your middle school student about risk and decision making, and helping them learn how to evaluate risks and anticipate the consequences of their choices.


Speakers
avatar for Joseph Napolitano, MSW

Joseph Napolitano, MSW

School counselor at Hunter College High School, Hunter College High School
Joe Napolitano, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice since 2009 and a school counselor at Hunter College High School since 2012. He has expertise in adolescent development and has been working in the New York City public school system, from... Read More →
avatar for Alison Ferst, PhD

Alison Ferst, PhD

Clinical Psychologist/Consultant, Hunter College High School
Dr. Ferst is a Clinical Psychologist and child and adolescent psychotherapist. She is the Clinical Psychology and Substance Abuse Consultant and Clinician at Hunter College High School for over 8 years, providing clinical support and education to students and families. Alison completed... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
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