Category: Middle School

P.A.L.’s Top 10 Recommendations to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

 P.A.L.’s Top 10 Recommendations to Prevent  Summer Learning Loss: #1- Attend The P.A.L. Workshop’s Preventing Summer Slide session on May 21, 2013 at The Anderson School. We’ll  learn strategies from the experts and have hands-on opportunities to see how we can put the knowledge into action with literacy, math and even Mind Sport activities. #2- Summer Reading, Family Style. Make reading a family ordeal,…

Join Us Tuesday, April 9 to Discover How We Can Help Our Children Succeed

It’s one of the most important topics we’ve covered to date, and a discussion you won’t want to miss. What can YOU do to help your child succeed in school, and in life? Find out Tuesday, April 9 at P.A.L.’s thought-provoking panel discussion of middle school experts as we share the critical issues facing our NYC middle schoolers. Paul Tough’s…

What Will it Take for Your Child to Succeed?

What can YOU do to help your children succeed in school, and in life? Find out Tuesday, April 9 at P.A.L.’s thought-provoking panel discussion of middle school experts as we share the critical issues facing our NYC middle schoolers. Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed sets the tone for a conversation about character education, bullying and more. Parents will gain…

NJAGC Annual Conference & Family Event

Reserve your Zipcar or book your train ticket and take the kiddos along to the NJAGC’s 22nd Annual Conference, ‘Gifted in the Real World.’ The two-day event offers a day for educators on Friday, March 8 and a Family Day Program for parents and kids on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 4 pm, at The Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater…

“Some mathematician, I believe, has said that true pleasure lies not in the discovery of truth, but in the search for it.” ~Tolstoy

Speaking of the search… in New York City, I’ve discovered numerous resources to support the math abilities of our children. Whether you’re looking for the right math tutor, an after school program, a Math Olympiad program, the new MOMATH Museum of Math, or just looking for books that support the mathematical mind, it all exists here.

Be sure to check out these book recommendations from Robert Berkman, director of Better Living Through Math, a start-up that focuses on professional development, curriculum design and programs for children and families.

Check back to hear tips and recommendations from Mr. Berkman’s talk at the P.A.L. Workshops on January 15, 2013. In the meantime, here are some other great math resources to explore:

New York City Interscholastics Mathematics League, NYCIML


Math in The City


Math Prize for Girls

Math for America

Association of Teachers of Mathematics of New York CityATMNYC

New York City Math Project Conference 




Leadership in Math Education @ Bank Street


Singapore Math

Everyday Math

TERC Investigations

Olympiad Math

Mathematical Association of America

The P.A.L. Talent Showcase

We love when local media takes a moment to recognize talented youth who work hard at their craft. recently showcased a few NYC-based kids in their story, ‘Superstar City Kids Let Their Talents Shine from A Young Age.’ Parents are always looking for great resources, programs and mentors for their children, and this article provided a few great recommendations…

It’s ‘Parents as Partners’ Week in NYC

This just in… As part of a new initiative by the DOE, we’re pleased to see a dedicated week-long event for parent involvement that starts today! We’ve contacted the DOE’s Division of Family and Community Engagement Executive Director Jesse Mojica for more information, so stay tuned. For registration, sign up here. According to the DOE website: The Parent Academy is…

Young, Gifted & Neglected

If you missed the NYT op-ed by Chester E. Finn Jr., a longtime education analyst who heads the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, it’s worth a read. The good news, New York City has 24 EXAM schools that met the criteria for his study. The op-ed hits the main points that those of us who’ve found the ‘right fit for our child’ already…

Finding New York City’s ‘Top’ School for YOUR Child

Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith. That’s what I’ve learned, and sometimes it pays off. With so many choices in New York City– and yet sometimes so few appropriate or viable options– how do you choose the best school for your child? As parents, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hoops you have to jump…