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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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Barbara Tischler, PhD

Speyer School
Head of School

Dr. Barbara L. Tischler is a cum laude graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University, where she completed an honors thesis on “Parody and Transcription in the Lutheran Masses of Johann Sebastian Bach.” A Master of Music degree in Oboe from the Manhattan School of Music and a work as a freelance musician in New York City followed, along with graduate study at Columbia University, where she earned M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in United States History. Tischler has taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, Queens College of the City University of New York, among other schools. In 1986, she published An American Music: the Search for an American Musical Identity (Oxford University Press). Rutgers University Press published Sights on the Sixties in 1992, which was part of her “Perspectives on the Sixties” series. As an administrator, Tischler served as an Assistant Dean and Director of Preprofessional Programs and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. At the Horace Mann School, where she worked from 1997 to 2012, Tischler served as an Associate Director of College Counseling, Associate Dean of Students, Head of the Upper Division, and Director of Curriculum and Professional Development. She has published numerous articles and book reviews on aspects of social, cultural, women’s and labor history. For eight years, she and her husband ran the New York Giants Youth Baseball organization to provide athletic and academic opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Most recently, Tischler served as the Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs at the Trinity School and Interim Director of the Upper School at the Buckley School. She has visited schools and participated in seminars on multiculturalism and peace studies in Guatemala, South Africa, and Colombia with Global Connections. She is currently the new Head of School at the Speyer Legacy School in Manhattan.