Fall 2015 Calendar of Events

Parents & Educators,
Mark your calendars for these PALNYC events and other great upcoming events for the Fall of 2015. Have an event you’d like to share with the PALNYC community? Tell us about it!
Talent Development
Social & Emotional
Negotiating the Practical
Special Populations
Programs for High Potential Youth
Special Events
Educational Conferences



thursday, november 5, 2015

SLEEP: Why Our Brains and Our Bodies Need It  6:00pm • The Rockefeller University, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall, 1230 York Avenue @ 66th St• FREE

Some call sleep food for the brain. The cost of poor sleep is much greater than many people think: it may have profound consequences for long-term health. Research suggests that normal sleep may be critical to memory function, as well as to healthy aging, and that chronic sleep disruptions may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. New research has also revealed that people who consistently fail to get enough sleep are at an increased risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Sleep deprivation in children and teens has increased dramatically and undermines their functioning at an optimal level.

thursday, november 5, 2015

THE GIFT OF FAILURE, with Jessica Lahey 6:30pm – 7:45pm •The Parents League office, 115 East 82nd Street, first floor, between Park & Lexington Avenues • Open to Parent’s League Members. Members: register on the member calendar here, non-members: join here to attend member events 

What’s the best way to motivate students to own their education and develop resilience? Research has shown that the key to all these things is intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Jessica summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, praise, and failure. Jessica offers parents, teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, honors, coercion, and yes, even grades, while giving kids the support and encouragement they need in order to succeed. Jessica Lahey is an educator, author, and speaker. She writes the bi-weekly column “The Parent-Teacher Conference” for the New York Times, is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. Her book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, was published by HarperCollins August 11, 2015. Target Audience: parents with children of all ages.

friday, november 6, 2015 – november 16, 2015

Canstruction Exhibition On display daily • Brookfield Place New York, 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10821 • Free

An extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world, Canstruction challenges teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need. Vote for your favorite sculpture to win the People’s Choice Award at www.ArtsBrookfield.com/Poll. DELICIOUS TASTINGS: Meet pastry and baking arts chefs of The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) as they demo delectable tastings created with canned food! Jenny McCoy: November 12, 12 – 3PM, Dulce de leche topping from condensed milk

saturday, november 7, 2015

School Fest in District 14 12:00pm – 4:00pm • Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint

Now in its 8th year, SCHOOLFEST is a one-of-a-kind school fair for North Brooklyn students and parents. All schools, early childhood centers, and extracurricular providers are invited to a single venue, the exciting Brooklyn Expo Center. Schoolfest is the place for parents to learn about local schools, early childhood programs and enrichment programs in North Brooklyn and Greenpoint/Williamsburg in particular.

sunday, november 8, 2015

NYC PTA Expo Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

NYC PTA Expo is a one-day experience to help New York City PA/PTAs achieve their goals, learn about resources, gain insights and network with NYC PA/PTA parents, educators, elected officials, and more.

sunday, november 8, 2015 – november 15, 2015

Before We Grew: Special Performances for Children on the Autism Spectrum Show times vary, see website for details • The Old Stone House 336 3rd St, Brooklyn NY 11215 • $30 per family

“Before We Grew” is a s gentle and beautiful show and explores the Brooklyn of the past in a multi-sensory story that is designed to engage young children at a variety of developmental levels. “Before We Grew” was specifically designed for families with children on the Autism Spectrum and is engaging for all children 2-5 and special needs audiences of all ages. November 8th and 15th performances are for families with children on the Autism Spectrum (all ages welcome) For more information, contact info@spellboundtheatre.com.

tuesday, november 10, 2015

Why Content Matters: Closing the Knowledge Gap Reception 5:30pm – Program 6:00pm • Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 E 65th Street • Free

If comprehension and critical thinking were all-purpose, content-free skills – as many leaders and educators believe – then the actual content of the academic curriculum would not be important. But such skills – and many others – may depend upon deep knowledge, stored in long-term memory, rather than on the capacity to look things up. An increasing number of educators have come to believe that equal opportunity can only be achieved if all children are taught a sequenced, content-rich curriculum. What is the evidence for such a conviction? Featuring Michelle Allen, Principal, Icahn Charter School 4, David Coleman, President of the College Board, Valarie Lewis, Fellow at Core Knowledge and Dispelling the Myth Award Winner, Ian Rowe, CEO, Public Prep, in conversation with David Steiner, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. Join the Hopkins-Hunter Forum for Education Policy and Core Knowledge for a conversation assessing the role that a strong curriculum might play in narrowing the achievement gap.

wednesday, november 11, 2015

Minecraft and Engineering Workshop at Sony Wonder Technology Lab Workshop 9:30am – 3:30pm • Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 • $95

Minecraft Engineering: Engineers will build Redstone circuits that program robotic turtles to navigate mazes and create TinkerCAD models that can be built automatically using programmed robotics, all in-game. Space Engineering: Engineers will learn Newtonian physics of space flight, gravity simulations, basic mechanical principles and simple C+ programing by programming a vehicle or moving a crane arm. We’ll take break in the Sony Atrium between workshop sessions. Kids should bring nut-free bag lunch, snacks, and drinks.


friday, november 13, 2015

Behavioral and Emotional Skills Training 9:00am – 3:00pm • Child Mind Institute 445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St) New York, NY 10022 • $600 for up to two individuals per family

Adults caring for children often have questions about how to set clear expectations and manage behavior effectively.  Especially when children exhibit challenging behaviors, adults want to know exactly how to address these situations with strategies that promote positive behavior, good social-emotional development, and increased self-esteem. The Child Mind Institute’s B.E.S.T. Program (Behavioral and Emotional Skills Training for parents, nannies, and caregivers) provides just this sort of preparation.  Informed by the most up-to-date research, clinicians provide adults with a structured training experience aimed at the teaching and immediate application of practical techniques for effective behavior management.

wednesday, november 18, 2015

Building Brave Muscles: Behavioral Treatment for Selective Mutism 6:15pm – 7:30pm • Child Mind Institute  445 Park Avenue (with entrance on 56th Street) New York, NY 10022

Building on the information covered during the Selective Mutism 101 workshop, Laura Kirmayer, PhD, MSW, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute, will review the behavioral skills that are crucial for effective treatment. These essential skills allow children to begin practicing tasks that encourage speech and participating in targeted exposures to increase “brave talking.” Dr. Kirmayer will provide video examples of real-life implementations and invite the audience to participate in skills practice. Additionally, she will cover the Dos and Don’ts of recognizing and encouraging “brave talking.”

sunday, december 6, 2015


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