FREE Gifted & Talented Open House this week in the Bronx

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.Screenshot 2014-11-03 10.43.55

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 providing information about New York City’s Citywide Gifted & Talented (G&T) elementary schools, Bronx district G&T programs and other accelerated education options.

The groups will hold two events on Wednesday, November 5th at the Bronx Library Center – one at 10-11:30am and another at 6-7pm.

Each event features drop-in sessions related to G&T education as well as a presentation on the public school G&T testing process by expert consultants. PACE and Bronx Borough President representatives will be on hand, and current parents at Citywide G&T schools and district G&T programs will be available for informal Q&A. Representatives from other local educational groups will provide information and a representative from the NYC Department of Education will also be available to answer questions specific to the public school G&T process.

In addition to gathering information on educational options, attendees can sign up on site for the free G&T test offered by the DOE. Among the five boroughs of New York City, Bronx children are tested at the lowest rate per capita, according to DOE statistics. This can change with better outreach to all Bronx communities. The PACE group believes if more parents have their children tested, the demand for accelerated programs will grow in the Bronx.

“As a borough we continue to push for educational excellence and options for all of our students,” says Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “When looking at the gifted and talented students in the Bronx, we know we have to do the work of educating and supporting parents to make informed decisions about the educational trajectory of their children.

We are working with Bronx parents who have gone through the G&T process and can offer their experiences and knowledge to assist parents, especially when signing up for the free G&T test with the Department of Education; to answer questions parents and caregivers may have about the G&T process and schools; and with organizations that provide further educational options for parents of gifted and talented children.”

Says Diaz: “Supporting students is a priority of my office and I look forward to continuing these collaborative efforts to open as many doors of excellence to our parents and gifted and talented Bronx students.”

PACE is an organization founded by parents who represent each of New York City’s Citywide G&T schools and programs: The Anderson School, NEST+m and TAG Young Scholars in Manhattan, Brooklyn School of Inquiry, and STEM Academy at PS 85Q (transitioning to the 30th Avenue School) in Queens.

PACE seeks to advance G&T education through advocacy, outreach, and coalition building. PACE’s activities include:

• Monitoring relevant education policy and issues,

• Educating elected officials and other community leaders about Citywide gifted and talented programs,

• Advocating for existing and new Citywide G&T schools and programs, and

• Sharing experience, learning, and practices among parents at Citywide gifted and talented schools and programs.

Citywide schools are gifted and talented schools which accept applicants from any of NYC’s five boroughs based on results of the NYC Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented testing.

Details

When: Wednesday, November 5, 10-11:30am and 6-7 pm

Free and Open to the Public, Children Welcome

Location: Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY

Questions: Contact Willow Lawson, Parents’ Alliance for Citywide Education- willowlawson@gmail.com

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