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

Prices start at $75 for students and up

 

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Also Upcoming..

Mark your calendars for these PALNYC events and other great upcoming events for the Spring of 2015. And be sure to share your event with us and the PALNYC community by filling out the event form at the bottom of this page.
Talent Development
Social & Emotional
Negotiating the Practical
Special Populations
Programs for High Potential Youth
Educational Conferences
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february

wednesday, february 4, 2015

Parenting Workshop with Nancy Samalin 9:00am – 10:30am • The Brick Church School, 62 E 92nd St • $300 one person, $500 two people, sliding scale tuition and scholarships are available in case of need. Contact Nancy Samalin at samalin@aol.com to inquire – Emphasis on improving two-way communication, learning to notice and encourage the positives and surviving a less than enthusiastic response to your firm stand on non-negotiable issues. Alternatives to yelling, bribing and nagging will be shared. Learn to: Be authoritative not authoritarian or permissive, set clear rules about safety & responsibility, be willing to be disliked or unappreciated, not over-react to moodiness or disdain, appreciate what is special about your teen.

tuesday, february 10, 2015

Anxiety and Test Scores: What Parental Anxiety Does to Student Test Scores with Susan Micari 6:00pm – 7:30pm • Fusion Academy Manhattan, Park Avenue Campus, 460 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor • Free – How should you be helping your student prepare for tests? We’ll explore that question along with others as Fusion Academy hosts Susan Micari, MSEd, ET/P. Susan will be speaking about parent worry and test scores, helping your student prepare for tests big and small. Bring your questions as we think together about how much help is enough.

wednesday, february 11, 2015

Parenting Workshop with Nancy Samalin 9:00am – 10:30am • The Brick Church School, 62 E 92nd St • $300 one person, $500 two people, sliding scale tuition and scholarships are available in case of need. Contact Nancy Samalin at samalin@aol.com to inquire – Emphasis on improving two-way communication, learning to notice and encourage the positives and surviving a less than enthusiastic response to your firm stand on non-negotiable issues. Alternatives to yelling, bribing and nagging will be shared. Learn to: Be authoritative not authoritarian or permissive, set clear rules about safety & responsibility, be willing to be disliked or unappreciated, not over-react to moodiness or disdain, appreciate what is special about your teen.

thursday, february 12, 2015

Supporting Our Kids Through School Transitions K-12, a panel 6:30pm – 8:00pm • Camden School, 416 E 80th St • $30 – Meet with our expert and dynamic professional panel to learn about how to support our kids and families through school transitions as they undergo the admissions process and learn about admissions results. Issues to be addressed include: How to communicate with our youngsters about admissions results and help families prepare for school transitions. Featuring: Todd Germaine, LCSW, OTR, owner of Practice for Reflective Parenting; Sherri Maxman, owner of College Maven, LLC; Erika Nagy, LCSW; Matthew Stuart, MA; and Sharon Thomas, MSC, MSED, Director of MAIA Education Resource Center and Educational Consultant at the Brearley School. Register here.

wednesday, february 18, 2015

Parenting Workshop with Nancy Samalin 9:00am – 10:30am • The Brick Church School, 62 E 92nd St • $300 one person, $500 two people, sliding scale tuition and scholarships are available in case of need. Contact Nancy Samalin at samalin@aol.com to inquire – Emphasis on improving two-way communication, learning to notice and encourage the positives and surviving a less than enthusiastic response to your firm stand on non-negotiable issues. Alternatives to yelling, bribing and nagging will be shared. Learn to: Be authoritative not authoritarian or permissive, set clear rules about safety & responsibility, be willing to be disliked or unappreciated, not over-react to moodiness or disdain, appreciate what is special about your teen.

saturday, february 21, 2015

Learn Positive Discipline that Works! with Nancy Samalin 9:30am – 12:30pm • The Brick Church School, 62 E 92nd St • $150 one person, $250 two people - Parenting Class for full-time working parents, couples and fathers of children 3-10.Do you nag, make empty threats, bribe, yell, or argue with your partner over your kids? Then this workshop is for you! Learn to: Avoid daily battles, love without spoiling, set limits without being punitive, express anger without hurt or harm, handle disagreements between parents over discipline.

tuesday, february 24, 2015

Parenting Styles: What is your style and how does it affect your child’s development 6:00 pm – 7:30pm • Fusion Lincoln Center Campus, 157 Columbus Avenue • Free

What is your parenting style? Research has identified four significant parenting styles: Authoritarian, Authoritative, Permissive, and Uninvolved. What effect do these parenting styles have on child development? What are the particular challenges parents of children with special learning and emotional needs face in how they parent? And how do parents combine these different approaches based on individual personalities and the overall needs of the family? All of these questions and ideas, along with specific examples will be addressed during the course of the presentation.Fusion Academy is hosting Jamie Kay, Ph.D., who will speak on the four parenting styles and what effects they have on childhood development.

wednesday, february 25, 2015

5 W’s of ADHD Medication: Who, What, When, Where, and Why, a Child Mind Institute Parenting Workshop 6:15pm – 7:30pm • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) • Free – Medications are an important part of treatment for kids with ADHD. In this workshop child and adolescent psychiatrist Natalie Weder, MD, will discuss the key elements of medication management for ADHD and the latest developments in the field. You’ll learn about first-line medications, treatment responses, side effects, and alternative options.

thursday, february 27, 2015

Learning To Exhale: Meeting The Intellectual & Emotional Needs Of Gifted Children with Dr. James Delisle 8:00am – 3:00pm, lunch on your own • Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Educational Services Center, Spencerport, NY • $150 – Gifted children possess unique social and emotional needs that must be understood and appreciated before they can be addressed appropriately. In this session, Dr. Delisle reviews these needs and ways to deal with them both in school and at home. Some of the issues reviewed include understanding what giftedness is (…and what it is not), accepting personal imperfections in self and others, and recognizing
the fact that being gifted means a whole lot more than simply being “smart.” Using specific examples from his 35 years as a teacher, counselor, and parent of gifted kids, Dr. Delisle will bring the world of gifted children and teens to life for his audience. View the event flyer and register today.

march

saturday, march 7, 2015

Talking About Race in the Classroom: A Hands-On Workshop for Educators How do we have conversations about race or racism with our students? How do we ensure racial equity in our classrooms and schools?  Border Crossers believes that each teacher has a unique opportunity to nurture a racially equitable learning environment in the classroom. Through this workshop, educators will: Strengthen their analysis of how racism manifests in our schools and classrooms, enhance their understanding of how racism affects children, practice using tools and language to address race and racism in the classroom, gain strategies to support a schoolwide culture of respect, equity and inclusivity. Border Crossers invites you to participate in an powerful day of professional development for educators seeking to deepen their capacity to engage in conversations about race in schools. This is not a lecture or a presentation – we use interactive theater and adult learning techniques to collectively discuss the role of race in our lives, share personal experiences of critical moments with students, develop strategies for confidently and effectively entering into conversations about race in the classroom and practice what to say when tough situations arise. Border Crossers is offer 20 Early Bird discounted tickets through February 6th! The past two citywide trainings have sold out quickly – so reserve your seat and REGISTER TODAY!

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saturday, march 7, 2015

Breaking Through Walls- Breakthroughs in Twice Exceptional Education Conference & Gala 9:00am – 5:00pm • The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St • $150 - 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.  Collectively, we aim to return education to the transformative experience every child deserves.

tuesday, march 10, 2015

Identifying and Responding to Social and Emotional Issues in the Classroom, a Child Mind Institute Professional Workshop 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) • Free – Join Matt Cruger, PhD, senior director of the Learning and Development Center at the Child Mind Institute, to discuss some of the social and emotional challenges teaching professionals might expect to see in young children.  Dr. Cruger will explain how kids develop emotional competencies such as recognizing feelings in others, recognizing and expressing their own emotions, developing control, coping with distress, and using their feelings to guide behavior.  Dr. Cruger will define typical social behaviors and standards in young children and explain how to identify when a child may fall outside of the normal range.  This workshop will also provide practical advice about how educators can help enhance kids’ social functioning and how to communicate with parents honestly about when to seek help.

sunday, march 8 – thursday, march 12, 2015

SXSWEdu Educational Conference Various Times • Various Locations, Austin, TX • Prices starting from $445 and up, view the event website for details. The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities. By providing a platform for collaboration, SXSWedu works to promote creativity and social change.

SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest family of conferences and festivals that includes SXSW Music, Film and Interactive; SXSW Eco and SXSW V2V. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for the creative arts, SXSWedu extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement beyond musicians, filmmakers and new media innovators to include society’s true rock stars: educators!

wednesday, march 25, 2015

Separation Anxiety in Young Children, a Child Mind Institute Parenting Workshop 6:15pm – 7:30pm • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) • Free – Join Rachel Busman, PsyD, director of the Selective Mutism Service, for a lecture and discussion that will explore the tendency of some young children to become anxious when going to school for the first time.  Dr. Busman will explain why this behavior is typical for all children, as well as provide guidance for when parents and school officials should be more concerned. Dr. Busman will also discuss how to approach these moments of tension and empirically supported techniques schools can use to help students master their anxiety.
92Y 7 Days of Genius Various times, locations & prices, view the 92Y website for more details • Workshops are scheduled throughout the week with speakers on the topics of Science, Technology, Arts, Psychology and more including Michio Kaku, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Sylvia Nasar, Walter Isaacson, Dr. Gail Saltz and Thomas Piketty.

april

tuesday, april 7, 2015

Helping Students Cope with Adversity, a Child Mind Institute Professional Workshop 8:30am – 10:00am • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) • Free – Join Jamie Howard, PhD, clinical psychologist and director of the Stress and Resilience Program for a roundtable discussion exploring ways to support children who are dealing with stressful situations such as divorce, the death or sickness of a loved-one, and natural or man-made disasters. The discussion will cover research-based approaches to help individuals develop effective coping methods, as well as the most effective ways to respond to public tragedies and traumas that can affect entire school populations.

wednesday, april 15, 2015

A Team Approach to Selective Mutism Treatment, a Child Mind Institute Professional Workshop 6:15pm – 7:30pm • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) • Free – This workshop provides an overview of how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school for selective mutism treatment. Join Janine Domingues, PhD, associate psychologist in the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center and a member of the Selective Mutism Service, as she covers the importance of developing a team approach to communication on interventions and progress, how to increase the rate of generalization of skills across settings, successful implementation of strategies and techniques in the school, and how to overcome possible challenges and obstacles.

tuesday, april 21, 2015

Lang School Parent Workshop with Dr. Peter Pramataris 6:00pm – 8:00pm • The Lang School, 11 Broadway, Manhattan • Free - Dr. Peter Pramataris, The Director of Lenox Hill Hospital’s Center for Attention and Learning, will be presenting a workshop on executive functioning.  The workshop will offer evidence-based and practical interventions for executive functioning for school and home, and will incorporate models of positive psychology and early leadership training in working with students with executive functioning challenges. Interested parents should RSVP to Melissa Sornik (phone 212-977-7777 or email melissa.sornik@thelangschool.org) by Monday, April 20th. About the Presenter: Dr. Pramataris is the Clinical Director of The Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital where he oversees neuropsychological assessment and treatment services, and maintains a private practice specializing in the neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents and young adults with learning and attention difficulties. He has presented research at national conferences.

wednesday, april 22, 2015

Nutrition 101, a Child Mind Institute Parenting Workshop 6:15pm – 7:30pm • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) • Free - Join Dyan Hes, MD, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics and a Director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, for a workshop and discussion about nutrition and children. Dr. Hes will outline how to make healthy choices for your family each day. Topics she will cover include snacks, portion size, physical activity, reading and understanding food labels, and how to pack a healthy lunch.  She will also provide practical tips for handling picky eaters and review some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding diets. In addition, Dr. Hes will discus the eating habits of children with mental illness and the side effects of medications that cause weight gain or weight loss.

may

PALNYC PICK:

may 5, 2015

Beautiful Mind, Burdened Brain: The Yin and Yang of Giftedness 6:00 pm – 7:30pm • TBD • A PALNYC Workshop Series favorite that addresses social and emotional topics that matter to parents: You’ve discovered your child’s early reading ability, great memory and musical prowess, but beyond the early signs of giftedness may be social and emotional burdens – anxiety, perfectionism, uneven development, depression, self-regulation and executive function issues. Parents of advanced learners won’t want to miss this important session that will help you identify developmental red flags that may put your child at risk and the steps you can take to support them. Register opening soon.

thursday, may 7 – saturday, may 9, 2015
Learning & the Brain Conference – Educating World-Class Minds : Using Cognitive Science to Create 21st Century Schools approximately 8:00am – 5:00pm each day • The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, NY • from $499 per person and up, register early for best pricing – Learning & the Brain® provides educational Conferences, Summer Institutes and one-day professional development seminars on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology and their potential applications to education. Teachers, school administrators, psychologists, and clinicians from throughout the United States, Canada and more than 60 countries around the world have been attending Learning & the Brain® Conferences for more than a decade to hear from leading researchers and universities about the latest discoveries in neuroscience and neuroeducation. Come and learn about the latest brain-based learning, teaching, interventions and curriculum at our various events.

thursday, may 21, 2015

Hear Our Voices: Stories of Selective Mutism, a Child Mind Institute Professional Workshop 6:15pm – 7:30pm • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) • Free -The Selective Mutism (SM) Workshop Series, the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute will invite individuals who have overcome SM and those still working on “brave talking” for a panel discussion. These brave individuals serve as incredibly powerful sources of encouragement, hope, and inspiration to parents and professionals who strive to help their own children, students, and patients overcome the disorder. They will talk about their journeys and make themselves available to answer questions.

wednesday, may 27, 2015

I’m So Mad: Helping Kids Deal with Anger, a Child Mind Institute Parenting Workshop 6:15pm- 7:30pm • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) • Free – Behavior that is disruptive or impulsive can cause serious problems at home and at school. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Allison Baker, MD, will explain how to adapt your parenting strategies to help your child cope with his anger. You’ll learn behavioral techniques used to reduce disruptive behavior and improve a child’s relationship with his family. These techniques are easy to implement at home and include those used in the treatment of disruptive behavior at the Child Mind Institute.

june

PALNYC PICK:

tuesday, june 2, 2015

PREVENTING SUMMER SLIDE: Supporting Gifts & Talents All Summer Long 6:30 pm – 8:00pm • Location TBD •  The PALNYC Workshops presents our much anticipated Signature Summertime Walk-up for families. Offering practical ways to prevent summer learning loss just in time for summer break, you’ll get great tips, tools, activities, and resources to keep your elementary school child stimulated to prevent summer slide. Registration opening soon.

saturday, june 6, 2015

Paper Planet 10am, 1pm & 4pm, more times and dates available, view the website for more details • The New Victory Theater, 229 W 42nd Street, New York NY  • $20 – Venture into a wild woodland unlike any other. There, a dragon! Look, a butterfly! In PAPER PLANET, kids and their adults team up to explore a jungle of cardboard trees filled with paper flora and fauna. Folding, scrunching and crawling, families contribute original art and populate the ever-changing environment with their own rustling paper creations. When the mic comes around for a chance to chime in and add silly sounds to the music of Mother Nature, kids are sure to get wrapped up in this forest of fun.

july

sunday, july 12 – friday, july 17, 2015

University of Connecticut Confratute Various times • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT • Prices starting from $850 and up, view the Confratute website for more details – Confratute is a combined CONFerence, and an instiTUTE with a lot of FRATernity in between. Confratute is geared toward providing educators with research-based practical strategies for engagement and enrichment learning for all students, as well as meeting the needs of gifted and talented students. For one week every summer, educators converge on the beautiful flagship campus of the University of Connecticut in rural Storrs, CT. Confratute offers a jam-packed schedule of events to engage, inspire, and rejuvenate educators.

 

Stay tuned for information about the 2nd Biennial NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium coming Fall 2015

 

Interested in adding your organization’s event to the PALNYC Calendar? Fill out and submit the form below to PALNYC for approval or contact PALNYC Founder, Angelique LeDoux, at palworkshops@me.com.

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Our friends at PACE have a FREE Gifted & Talented  Open House this Wednesday, November 5th that’s not to be missed if you are looking to explore elementary G&T school options for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. The Office of Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. and PACE (Parents’ Alliance for Citywide Education) will co-host a Gifted & Talented Education Open House…

The NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fair

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Ditch the Stigma… Understood?

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Take the Cardboard Challenge!

Encouraging children to build and create new toys from materials that you have on hand is a great way to reinforce STEM skills while keeping things imaginative.

Take Caine Monroy as the perfect example of an innovative young builder who, at only 9 years-old, took cardboard scraps from his father’s garage to create a fully functional arcade:

You don’t have to build an entire arcade to test the waters of engineering. If your child is interested in creating something like Caine, encourage them to join the Global Cardboard Challenge - a worldwide challenge issued to children encouraging them to build something great using only their imagination and some cardboard. The challenge will take place in October and students are encouraged to join local challenges or host their own, so sign up today and start planning!

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Where can you go to participate in the Cardboard Challenge in NYC?

On the weekend of October 11-12, Blue School will be hosting their 2nd Annual Cardboard Challenge in partnership with the Imagination Foundation. The Blue School will be challenging students to build musical instruments out of cardboard!

Blue School Cardboard Challenge
 When: Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
 Where: Blue School (map)

The NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fair

Looking for more resources for your engineering-minded student? Be sure to sign up for PALNYC’s NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fair, taking place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:ooam- 3:30pm. Brought to you by PALNYC and our media sponsor New York Family and hosted by NEST+m, the NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fair is part carnival, part scavenger hunt, part education fair for parents and their children in kindergarten through 8th grade with a focus on introducing Education Technologies to NYC families.

The NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fair will feature some of the best Education Technologies available in the domains of STEM, The Arts, 21st Century Skills, Mind & Body Health and Language & Literacy. Our exhibitors are carefully curated from the top companies in Education Technology to support, differentiate and individualize learning at school and at home. Learn more about the Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fair here. EDTECH FAMILY DAY – FAMILIES

Participants in the cardboard challenge are encouraged to submit their projects to PALNYC for review and the opportunity to have them displayed at the NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fair. For more information, contact Angelique LeDoux at palworkshops@me.com. Or call 212.353.8881.

More STEM Resources

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