Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

Parents & Educators,
Mark your calendars for these PALNYC and other great upcoming events. And be sure to share your events with us too!
Topics Key:
Social & Emotional
General G&T
 Education Technology
School Admissions and More
Science of Learning


tuesday, october 14, 2014 

 NYC G&T Admissions Info Session at High School of Fashion Industries, Manhattan 6:00PM – 8:00PM • 225 West 24th Street, Manhattan • Free – The NYC DOE offers G&T Info Sessions to learn about K-3 G&T admissions for September 2015. For more information, call 718.935.2009, or visit nyc.gov/schools/GT

 Teaching the New Generation of Tech, A CSNYC Education MeetUp6:00PM – 8:00PM • Flatiron School, 11 Broadway, Suite 260, New York, NY  • Free – CSNYC (http://csnyc.org/), Flatiron School (http://www.flatironschool.com) & ScriptEd (http://www.scripted.org) are teaming up to host a special meetup. Coding and programming classes have emerged throughout New York City’s schools as a response to rapidly growing opportunities in the technology economy. At the meetup, we’ll have a symposium style discussion around insights on the state of technology education in NYC, the challenges and successes of implementing programs in schools and across communities, and how our ecosystem can continue to grow to serve more students.

sunday, october 19, 2014 

 5th Annual RIISE Fall Boutique Recruitment Event, 2:00PM – 5:00PM • Sarah Lawrence College- Heimbold Visual Arts Center, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708, 212 North End Avenue • Free – Join RIISE for the 5th Annual RIISE Fall Boutique Recruitment Event – ‘building bridges, around admissions, between families of color who value distinguished day & boarding school education, and admissions teams who are recruiting talented students based on their school’s mission, vision, and future. It is critical that tomorrow’s leaders be innovative and through diversity, together, this can be accomplished.’ Meet great schools like Riverdale Country School, Columbia Grammar & Prep School, Horace Mann School, Birch Wathen Lenox School, Hackley School, Rye Country Day School, Convent of The Sacred Heart, Metropolitan Montessori School, Town School, Harlem Academy, French American School of New York, School of the Holy Child, Friends Seminary, The Elisabeth Morrow School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Greenwich Academy & more…

wednesday, october 22, 2014 

 Child Mind Institute’s FREE Parenting Workshops: Helping Kids Stay Organizedpresented by David Anderson, PhD,Senior Director, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center, 6:15PM -7:15 PM • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Avenue (entrance on 56th Street), New York, NY 10022 • Free 

saturday, october 25, 2014 

 Creative Computing w/ Scratch – Introductory Workshop, 9:30 AM- 2 PM, Flatiron School, 11 Broadway, Suite 260, New York, NY  Want to help others create, share, and learn with Scratch? Whether you are totally new to Scratch or just looking for new ideas, join Michelle Chung from the ScratchEd Team from Harvard Graduate School of Education for a special, interactive introduction to Scratch and the latest version of the Creative Computing Curriculum Guide (http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/).

sunday, october 26, 2014 

 Scratch Educator Meetup w/ Special Guest Mitch Resnick –  10 AM- 2 PM, Center for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street, Suite 325, New York, NY. Mitch Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, will be in NYC on Oct 26th! (http://web.media.mit.edu/~mres/) Mitch’s group created Scratch so kids can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations – and share their creations online. Watch Mitch’s TEDx talk about learning to code, and coding to learn, with Scratch – http://www.ted.com/talks/mitch_resnick_let_s_teach_kids_to_code#t-162675. Teachers who attend the meetup for the first time will receive a $150 DonorsChoose.org gift card! If you bring a teacher who’s new to the meetup, you will also receive a card!


wednesday, november 5, 2014

 PACE presents a Gifted & Talented Open House in the Bronx, if you are looking to explore elementary G&T school options for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Two sessions •  10 AM -11:30 AM  & 6-7 pm • Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY • FREE

saturday, november 8, 2014

 Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC [PALNYC] presents The NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A’Fairequal parts education fair, carnival & an educational scavenger hunt to introduce families (K-8th) to Education Technology learning tools through engaging hands-on play. 10 AM -3:30 PM • NEST+m, 111 Columbia Street, The Lower East Side, NYC 10002 • $10 for kids, $20 for adults 

  • A curated selection of the best Ed Tech programs, apps and resources available for K-8th grade
  • An event scavenger hunt that’s fun for the entire family. Families will enjoy playing Ed Tech Bingocarnival style games, watching presentations and engaging in interactive Ed Tech demos. Each child will have multiple chances to win prizes.
  • Ed Tech demos where interactive, carnival-style games and learning engage the entire family. • High interest content areas include language and literacy, STEM, the arts, entrepreneurship, personal financial literacy, mind & body health, leadership skills, media literacy, 21st Century skills and more. These domain specific stations will allow your child an opportunity to explore his or her personal areas of talent, strength or interest.
  • A presentation of the $20,000 in scholarship money awarded as part of The Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund’s Discover Your Passion Competition in partnership with School Search Solutions
  • A rare opportunity for parents and children in kindergarten through 8th grade to explore new individualized learning tools to support learning at school and home.  
  • Mingle with like minded families and peers 
  • A Student/School Showcase offers families examples of how Ed Tech can transform and be a critical part of the learning experience- through storytelling, art, music, STEM and more
  •  Interactive coding workshops, robotics, 3D printer demos and more from our exhibitors

wednesday, november 12, 2014 

♦ Child Mind Institute’s FREE Parenting Workshops: Recognizing Bullying, presented by Jamie Howard, PhD, Director of the Stress and Resilience Program, 6:15PM -7:15 PM • Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Avenue (entrance on 56th Street), New York, NY 10022 • Free 

tuesday, november 13, 2014

♦ LEARNING & THE BRAIN ONE DAY SEMINARS: Executive Functions in Classrooms, NYC •  $199 •
You will learn about a comprehensive model of executive functions in the brain and explore the impact of executive functioning on learning, behavior and classroom production. Dr. McCloskey will explain the development of executive functions, as well as the involvement of executive function difficulties in clinical syndromes such as ADHD and autism. You will learn ways to self-assess personal executive function skills and how to assess the executive function strengths and weaknesses of students in class. Dr. McCloskey will discuss classroom management techniques and general strategies that teachers and other professionals can use to help children with executive function difficulties improve their behavior and academic performance, either through increasing their capacity for self regulation or through external guidance. He will also discuss specific instructional programs and therapeutic approaches that emphasize the development and improvement of executive functioning.

friday, november 14, 2014

♦ Creative Technologies Symposium •8 AM -5 PM • Teachers College, Columbia University • FREE •
New technologies have changed the making, teaching and learning of art. These changes have influenced formal and informal learning environments such as universities, schools, libraries, community centers, after school programs and art studios. The Creative Technologies Symposium explores the potential for new technologies to intersect meaningfully with teaching and learning.

We are inviting artists, educators, and technologists to join a conversation centered on these guiding questions: What makes our use of technology creative? How do digital tools and materials contribute to meaning-making and artful explorations? How are these technologies changing teaching and learning?

The Symposium will be an exchange with existing collaborators and future partners. The goal is to begin mapping the landscape of technology infused learning environments in the arts and across the curriculum. Short presentations, workshops, and poster sessions, as well as an interactive sequence of creative learning with new technologies, are included.

wednesday, november 19, 2014

♦ The Pink and Blue in Gray Matter: Hormones, Gender and the Developing Mind 6 AM – 8 PM • Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University, 66th Street at York Avenue • FREE, donations appreciated • 

The Women & Science and Parents & Science initiatives will co-present this special evening program with Dr. McCarthy, who will share her insights on a fascinating area of neuroscience that is too often oversimplified. Rockefeller President and Carson Family Professor Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., who heads a laboratory that studies brain development at the University, will host the program.


saturday, november 22, 2014

 EdCampNYC for educators •9 AM -1 PM • City & Country School, 146 West 13th Street • FREE •
Come and hack professional development at this 7th edcampNYC event taking place at The City & Country School in Greenwich Village! Edcamps are free unconferences for teachers. There is no set schedule until attendees arrive and decide what they want to learn. Edcamps are an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and share while building a network of peers. Follow the tweets at #edcampnyc. 


wednesday, december 3, 2014

♦ From Selfie to Soulfie: Inspiring Healthy Self-Image in the Age of New Media- A Community Education Night • Fusion Academy • 6-7:30 pm, Fusion Lincoln Center Campus, 157 Columbus Avenue, 3rd Floor • FREE • Join Fusion Academy at Fusion Lincoln Center as Tabitha Limotte, LMFT explores how social media impacts the way we perceive ourselves, and provides strategies to help prevent eating disorders from developing as a result.

friday, december 5, 2014

 LEARNING & THE BRAIN ONE DAY SEMINARSThe Science of Reading, NYC •  $199• You will have the opportunity to explore the reading brain from the perspectives of education, psychology and neuroscience. Learning to read is an amazingly complex task that requires the development, interconnection and coordination of multiple skills and neural systems. In this interactive seminar, you will examine scientific evidence concerning the development of a brain that can read, from the visual processing of letters, to the linking of those letters with the sounds of language, to making meaningful connections to what the reader already knows. We will also consider children who are struggling to develop these skills and systems. A major theme of the workshop will be the remarkable plasticity of the human brain: Educators and students together are literally building brains that can read. When appropriate, topics will be mapped to the K-5 ELA Common Core State Standards.

saturday, december 6, 2014

♦ Scratch Day Teachers College, Columbia University • FREE • Scratch Day is for people of all ages and all levels of experience with Scratch. There are workshops for people just getting started with Scratch and for those who have been Scratching for years. Registration opens in November.

tuesday, december 9, 2014

 LEARNING & THE BRAIN ONE DAY SEMINARS: Mathematics & The Brain, NYC •  $199 • You will explore, from a neurocognitive perspective, how young children acquire basic mathematical skills in the elementary school years. Dr. Feifer will explain the specific brain pathways that assist in children being able to recall basic math facts and the order of numbers into sets, calculate multiple-step equations and tackle word problems. You will also examine the relationship between anxiety and mathematical performance, as well as two critical constructs often overlooked when evaluating students with math diffi culty: working memory and executive functions. He will discuss the three primary ways in which numbers are formatted in the brain and the central role of language to expand upon conceptually ordered number sets. You will come away with a better understanding of math disabilities in children along with some critical assessment techniques for these disabilities and more efficient ways to diagnose and remediate math disorders in children.


thursday, december 11, 2014

 LEARNING & THE BRAIN ONE DAY SEMINARS: Specific Learning Disabilities, NYC •  $199 • You will learn how to select instructional strategies according to an understanding of a student’s neurocognitive profile. Dr. Naglieri will show you how to accurately identify students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and then how to teach them more effectively. This approach is based on the definition of SLD in Federal law (IDEA), which defines the disability as a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes and academic failure. A processing disorder is best defined as neurocognitive abilities associated with different regions of the brain. These include complex decision making, focus and resistance to distractions, visual/verbal spatial ability and visual/verbal sequencing. By identifying the nature of the SLD, you can apply an appropriate instructional method for intervention. In this seminar, you will learn about SLD identification methods using various IQ tests, the role of RTI in treating SLD and strategies that are consistent with IDEA requirements.

thursday, december 11, 2014

 LEARNING & THE BRAIN ONE DAY SEMINARS: Differentiated Instruction & The Learning Brain, NYC $199 • You will learn how to develop research-based strategies that engage and empower your students and prepare them for the thinking skills required for the Common Core State Standards. Ms. Kryza’s workshop will provide you with instructional methods for meeting the needs of the wide variety of students in today’s classrooms based on the latest research on the brain. She will bring scientific theory into your practice, as you experience and discover diff erentiated instructional methods that support the learning brain. She will discuss how to nurture growth mindsets in the classroom, how to teach to varied learning styles and readiness levels and how to support struggling and reluctant learners. You will leave this workshop with many research-based strategies that you can implement immediately in your classroom and school.

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