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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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Charles Merrill

Private Practice
Columbus Circle

Dr. Merrill is a licensed psychologist with a private  adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, He also works with parents raising gifted children as well as with parents raising children with learning disabilities or behavioral issues.

Dr. Merrill's background is in Education, Mathematics and Psychology.  He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College, and a Master's Degree in Theater from Hunter College.  After an externship at Bellevue Hospital and a clinical internship at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his Doctorate in School/Clinical Psychology at Pace University.  He completed post-doctoral training in Psychoanalysis at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.  

In addition to  his private practice, Dr. Merrill was both a teacher and psychologist for the New York City Public Schools, working with parents and teachers of children ranging from the mentally retarded to gifted, from pre-school to high school, including evaluating children for G & T programs, The Anderson Program and Hunter College Elementary School.  He has written about education and his letters on the topic have appeared in the New York Times.