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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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Alina Adams Media
Founder, Author

Alina Adams is a New York Times best-selling author, romance and mystery writer, soap opera industry insider, and a pioneer in online storytelling and continuing drama.

Among the many books Alina Adams has written are: Oakdale Confidential (New York Times' bestseller); The Man From Oakdale (2010 SCRIBE Award winner); Jonathan's Story (New York Times' bestseller); Murder on Ice; On Thin Ice; Axel of Evil; Death Drop; Skate Crime; Annie's Wild Ride; The Fictitious Marquis; and Thieves at Heart. (more)

She is also an innovator in the business of enhanced electronic books with several titles of her own, and as a business consultant through her company Alina Adams Media, to other published authors looking to create and publish their own enhanced e-book titles. (more)

Her latest enhanced electronic book project is Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments, which chronicles daytime drama's greatest moments over the past 75 years as voted on by Award-winning actors, writers, and producers, as well as other television industry professionals and of course, the fans. The enhanced electronic book features intimate exclusive interviews with the scenes' most prominent players; links to classic video clips; and updates on "Where Are They Now?" Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments is the first book of its kind both technically and editorially, written by an accomplished best-selling author and leading expert in the daytime television genre. (more)

Alina Adams also pioneered the concept of online continuations of a soap opera, with www.AnotherWorldToday.com and Mindy's Twitter, changing how and where the genre -- that began on radio -- can be seen. The format met with fan support and perhaps paved the way to where the industry stands today. (more)