PALNYC in partnership with School Choice Solutions announces $20,000 in scholarship available for students with exceptional talents!

The 2015 Discover Your Passion Competition is now taking applications for the chance to win $5,000 in scholarship money and the September 16th deadline is fast approaching! Does your child have a passion they would like to pursue further? Music? Soccer? Science? Drawing? Video Game Design? Debate? Entrepreneurship? If your child is in the 2nd to 8th grade and enrolled in…

Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund’s Discover Your Passion™ Competition Opens

Does your child or a student you know have a passion that they would like to pursue further? Violin? Soccer? Science? Drawing? Video Game Design? Debate? Improv? If they are in 2nd to 8th grades, then they are eligible for the third annual Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund’s Discover Your Passion™ Competition. Applications will be accepted from June 2, 2015 until September 16, 2015. Previous applicants who did not…

Notable Studies in Gifted Education

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently published a study that examined what strides (if any) states are making in fostering the academic potential of their gifted, low-income students–and found most states severely lacking. In the wake of this study, PALNYC dug deep into some of the most recent research that has been conducted in the field of gifted education. Take a look at the list below…

Summertime Deals from PALNYC Partners

We here at PALNYC are gearing up for an amazing summer and to celebrate the warm weather and more to come we’re bringing you summer discounts from PALNYC partners! Check out a list of partners below who are offering great deals on their summer programs and products. You may recognize some of our partners below from their presence at the NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fair last fall or at the premier NYC G&T Symposium in 2013. This fall PALNYC is bringing back the NYC G&T Symposium, this time with a focus on finding the RIGHT FIT for parents and students in the NYC school system. Read on to find out more about the Symposium and our past sponsors.

More about the Symposium

The 2015 NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium: The Right Fit — one day to invest in your child’s future—NYC G&T Symposium is a one-day symposium presented by PALNYC that will educate parents on the 
pre-K through high school educational landscape in NYC and offer practical insight into the admissions process for NYC schools. With a particular focus on programs that support the talents and strengths of all kids, including high potential youth, the NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium will highlight the very best schools and programs that New York has to offer with a chance to meet with and hear directly from admissions directors, school psychologists, educational professionals, families and current students at some of NYC’s most unique and competitive educational programs- academically, artistically and athletically.

View the 2015 NYC G&T Symposium Schedule at a Glance or download the NYC G&T Symposium Flyer for more details.

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Sign up for CTY Summer Programs while spots last!

When the school year ends, bright students from around the world flock to CTY Summer Programs to fuel their minds and connect with their peers. At CTY, students strengthen their critical-thinking skills by taking a challenging course taught by an expert instructor, while getting the rare chance to mingle and form lasting friendships with other academically talented kids. CTY offers programs for students in grades two through 12 at scenic campuses in California, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington State. Day and residential programs are available in one-week and three-week formats. Please visit or call 410-735-6277 to learn which options will best fit your child’s academic needs. 

Dates for summer 2015 (most sites): Session 1: June 28 – July 17; Session 2: July 19 – August 7 Dates for summer 2015 at the JHU site: Session 1: June 21 – July 10; Session 2: July 12 – July 31 Dates for summer 2015 at the Hong Kong sites: One session only: July 12 – July 31

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CTY is accredited by the Middle States Association of College and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, and its summer programs serve thousands of students each year

Untitled 2 Avoid Summer Slide with science enrichment from Galxyz! Galxyz is an intergalactic adventure that combines science lessons with gameplay, making science and learning fun for kids. The game encourages mastery of elementary science concepts and develops scientific reasoning for elementary school kids. Galxyz also sequences Next Generation Science Standards-based curriculum to make it easier for parents and teachers.  Our goal is to engage kids with science so they become confident learners. We’ve designed Galxyz to ignite fascination for science and unlock the true potential in every child. We started designing Galxyz for our own kids and thought it would be great to share with the world.Through an exciting quest to save curiosity from the evil King Dullard, kids will conquer science lessons through gameplay, learning and having fun along the way The perfect science enrichment for summer:  With Galxyz, parents don’t even have to worry about what to teach next as Galxyz levels are appropriately sequenced to align with standard elementary curriculums. Content is based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and we have a deep partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences. In the first level, kids learn about Science Practices, then go on to Properties of Matter; Chemical Reactions; Interdependencies in Ecosystems, and beyond. Soon, there will be an additional 100+ levels, released one-by-one. Most importantly, Galxyz empowers parents to set their children up for success. The world is counting on the next generation – let Galxyz help!


Galxyz helps children master elementary science concepts, making them feel more confident in class and helping them better understand the world around them.

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Sign up for a Tech Challenge with NYC FIRST!

The mission of NYC FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. NYC FIRST, the local affiliate of US FIRST, has four programs where teams are presented with challenges and engineer robots to solve specific tasks.  But it’s more than the robot – in addition to the problem-solving, engineering and technology skills young people develop, they also hone lifelong capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

Teams are typically organized by after school clubs and programs, community-based organizations or with a group of friends (with the support of adult coaches and mentors). NYC FIRST provides infrastructure support and coordinates NYC-based tournaments for all four programs. 

The competition season generally runs from September to March, with building in the fall and competitions December through March.


Jr. FIRST Lego League (Jr.FLL) ages 6-9; Grades 1-3 – Check out past challenges!


FIRST Lego League (FLL) ages 9-12; Grades 4-8 – Check out past challenges!


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) ages 12-18; Grades 7-12 – Check out past challenges!


FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) ages 14-18; Grades 9-12 – Check out past challenges!


For more information about how to start a team contact Norm Sutaria at or


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Special Discounts on Summer Programming and Courses from PALNYC Partners

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MakerState empowers kids ages 5-18 with science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) passion and skill through hands-on projects in robot engineering, wearable electronic fashions, video game design, 3D prototyping and printing, comic book creation, and moviemaking. MakerState hosts more than 40 makerspaces nationwide in schools and after-school programs as well as community workshops, pop up makerspaces, and summer camps.

STEM Summer Camp [Ages 6-13] at two locations: Upper East Side at 65th St. & Lexington Ave. and Lower East Side at Seward Park Co-Op at Grand St. & Essex St • Jun 29-Sep 4 (10 weeks!) 20% Discount – All hands-on tech-arts projects  all summer long. Maker State’s STEM Summer Camp features robotics, game design & coding, 3D printing, moviemaking, rocket science, Minecraft Engineering and Creativity & Problem Solving skill-building. Before and After Care available. Enter PALNYC when you register here or use this link!summer-camps/c1t2x  to receive a 20% discount.



Special PALNYC Discounted Price for Design-a-Biz or mini-Incubator Summer Camps

mini-Preneur is an an NYC-based program for budding entrepreneurs. Fans of the television show Shark Tank are bound to enjoy this real-life entrepreneurial experience. Children ages 8 to 11 can make their dreams a reality in a two-week Design-a-Biz camp that has them creating prototypes, developing commercials and learning how to build a business. Older kids can take their ideas to the next level by joining the Summer Incubator for one to four weeks, which gets them a dedicated work space, face time with industry leaders in one-on-one sessions and group seminars. In September, interested campers can sell their businesses in a Shark Tank Pitch competition where winners can snag up to $2,500 in seed money for their business!       

Design-a-Biz [Ages 8-11] Pine Street School, Financial District • July 20th – July 31st, August 24th – September 4th • Special PALNYC Discounted Rate $400/week (a $450 value) – simply register for the class check off PALNYC and an invoice will be sent to you. Email or call (816) 866-mini with questions.

mini-Incubator [Ages 11-14] 3rd St in West Village, July 6th – July 31st • Special PALNYC Discounted Rate $400/week (a $450 value)- simply register for the class check off PALNYC and an invoice will be sent to you.  Email or call (816) 866-mini with questions.

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Educators & Summer Programs receive 20% off group workshops when you mention PALNYC 

Vidcode is a platform designed for kids to learn computer programming by making video projects with code. We offer our web-based software, paired curriculum, and instructor training as a packaged solution for teaching computer science in a fun and engaging way. 


Inspire young girls to code with PALNYC partner Vidcode

Email for more information on how to bring Vidcode to your afterschool and summer programs and mention PALNYC to get a 20% discount on group workshops


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Receive 20% off of an Essay Review from Story2 (a $79 value)

Story2 empowers students to tell the stories only they can tell in college admissions and scholarship essays, career readiness, and all of life. Our roots lie in working with high school students through the grueling college admissions process. We have taught over 15,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world to build the confidence to reveal what matters and show how they will make a difference.

With a Story2 Essay Review you can use professional feedback to polish your essay and gain an expert perspective on your writing. Essay Review helps you organize your ideas to grab and keep your reader’s attention and uncover compelling details that tell your unique story. Enter PAL2015 at checkout after adding Essay Review to your shopping cart to receive a 20% discount.



WebFREE online summer enrichment program from EdTechLens

EdTechLens, an online K-5 curriculum developer, is offering a free summer enrichment license of Rainforest Journey, a trip to the rainforest that covers the life science curriculum for grades K-5. Whether you want your child to stay in touch with learning during the summer months, or whether you just want something constructive to do on a rainy day, sign up for Rainforest Journey today at

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Vibrant images and video combined with leveled text in this standards-aligned program can be used with a range of learners.

BONUS: Summer enrichment participants will receive special offers and discounts on the premium version for Rainforest Journey, to be released in Fall 2015.


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Educators receive 50% off Quill Premium when they mention PALNYC is a nonprofit website that offers 150 grammar activities. Quill automatically grades these activities, and teachers are provided with a dashboard where they see how students have progressed on the Common Core. 

PALNYC teachers will be provided with a 50% discount to Quill Premium, which provides teachers and administrators with weekly progress reports. Email and mention PALNYC to receive the discounted rate.

Quill uses interactive web-based lessons to build literacy skills


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EverFi offers FREE Financial Literacy and STEM courses to students

EverFi is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, badging, and certifying students in critical skills. EverFis web based STEM platform can be leveraged to create a blended learning environment where students think critically about their role with technology, learn about STEM careers and connect concepts to the world outside the classroom.  Our learning courses courses are composed of 25 minute modules that use animation, interactive scenarios and real world simulations to teach and assess student on a specific STEM topic.

EverFi’s partners – The National Hockey League, NHL Players Association, New York Rangers &  The American Society of Mechanical Engineers – have sponsored these resources for schools throughout New York City and that means no cost to you, the user. Sign up for an online course in financial literacy or STEM today!

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Interested in partnering with PALNYC at our next event? The 2015 NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at NY Law School in TriBeCa and the NYC G&T Symposium Advisory Committee is currently accepting applications for Sponsorship & Exhibiting opportunities. Apply today or contact Angelique LeDoux at 212.343.8881 for more information.

Looking for Fall programs for your child? PALNYC Partner BASIS Independent Brooklyn is currently accepting applications for the 2015/2016 school year for grades K-9. BASIS Independent Brooklyn offers a STEM-focused liberal arts curriculum, giving students the tools needed to excel in the 21st century. We combine a rigorous course of study with accountability and expectations of success. Student performance has consistently topped rankings in educational achievement both at home and abroad; graduates have consistently attended the world’s most prestigious and respected higher learning institutions.

Finding the RIGHT FIT at the Wrong Time

The school year is coming to a close and while most families have secured school placement for the 2015/2016 school year, many parents are looking for back-up plans. What do you do when you’re in a pinch to find a better program and you’re not able to plan a year in advance? PALNYC asked Alina Adams, author of Getting Into…

World Health Day

Every April 7th the World Health Organization draws attention to an important health topic of international importance for World Health Day. This year’s topic is food safety. Creating healthy eating habits, knowing where your food is coming from and reading labels are all important to the health of your family. Spend some time today talking to your children about the importance of knowing what…

Spring Clean your Devices in 7 Simple Steps

Spring cleaning isn’t just for reorganizing your closet anymore. In this digital age where tablets, laptops and phones have replaced calendars, notebooks and cameras, staying organized and productive is intended to be streamlined, but with all of these devices it can often be challenging to cut out the clutter. Luckily for you, PALNYC has made a list of seven simple…

Brain Awareness Week

The Dana Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week [BAW]— a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research—is making it’s mark on NYC and PALNYC has the scoop on some of the most anticipated events taking place this week. With explorative art, hands-on workshops and informative sessions from organizations like Mount Sainai Hospital, The Rubin Museum…

Reminder: Don’t Miss Breaking Through Walls 2e Conference

Calling all parents of Twice Exceptional Learners: Breaking Through Walls- Breakthroughs in Twice Exceptional Education Conference & Gala is tomorrow and you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and collaborate with educational professionals, physicians, lawyers, advocates and other parents at this groundbreaking conference. Book your ticket now to the premiere NYC conference for parents of Twice Exceptional children.…

PALNYC Supports ‘Breaking Through Walls & Featured Events for G&T Families

Spring is fast approaching and with it, more great local workshops for parents, educators and families. Check out the new line up of Spring Workshops from PALNYC and then head over to the Spring 2015 Calendar of Events for a complete listing of other great local workshops and conferences happening this Spring.

Featured Event: Breaking Through Walls

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 10.39.16 AMBreaking Through Walls- Breakthroughs in Twice Exceptional Education Conference & Gala with The Quad Preparatory School – As the first and only NYC conference focusing exclusively on Twice Exceptional children, this national conference, hosted by The Quad Preparatory School, will bring together cutting-edge Twice Exceptional providers including physicians; educators; psychologists; therapists; lawyers; and advocates; children who are gifted and learn differently, and their parents. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the event page.

Location & Details: 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

9:00am – 5:00pm

The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St

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