PALNYC TALENT TALKS, SPRING 2017, a Collaborative New Speaker Series

JOIN US for the launch of PALNYC TALENT TALKS, SPRING 2017, a new collaborative speaker series with topics you want to hear–– interdisciplinary, engaging and always to benefit the strengths, passion and talents of our NYC youth.

We envision it as a sort of Ted Talks meets StoryCorps. So Parents, School leadership, PTA committees, PALNYC Partners, tell us what topics matter to you, what speakers and experts need our attention, what NYC parents of high potential youth need to know and PALNYC will deliver at your school venue, your event or at our place.

Have an idea? Tell us more…


JOIN US APRIL 22 for the premiere of PALNYC TALENT TALKS as Hunter College’s Dr. Elissa Brown presents How to Harness A Child’s Passions and Strengths, the first of our series at the 4th Annual Michael Perelstein Memorial Discover Your Passion Awards Ceremony to celebrate our 2016/17 Perelstein Scholars at The Riverdale Country School.

Dr. Brown will share insights on Emotional Education:How to Harness A Child’s Passions and Strengths, prior to an exemplary display of NYC’s talented youth and recipients of this year’s $25,000 Perelstein DISCOVER YOUR PASSION Competition Awards, a joint program of PALNYC and School Search Solutions.

Learn more about the 2016/17 Perelstein Scholars here.


9 am to 12 pm on April 22nd, 2017 at The Riverdale Country School, 5250 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY 10471

Dr. Elissa Brown, Director of Gifted Education, Hunter College
“Emotional Education: How to Harness A Child’s Passions and Strengths”

This FREE event recommends RSVP by April 7th, 2017 to Jeryss Haynes at or 914 328 3000


About Dr. Elissa Brown

Dr. Brown, the director of the Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education and program coordinator of Hunter’s Advanced Certificate Program in Gifted Education,  is an education policy fellow under the Institute for Educational Leadership. Before joining Hunter, she was the North Carolina state director of gifted education and teacher preparation programs. Dr. Brown was the former director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary from 2002-2007. She has been a district gifted-program coordinator, the principal of a specialized high school, and a classroom teacher. She has served as an adjunct professor at several universities, including Rutgers and Duke University. She is a published author in the field of gifted education and presents widely. She is the parent of three children and lives in East Harlem, NY.

About The Competition.
The Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund’s Discover Your Passion™ Competition encourages parents, students, teachers and schools to identify and showcase exemplary creativity, intellectual pursuits and talent of school children. The competition also attempts to bring to the foreground the full range of what talent can be – from the academically advanced “how does it work?” student to the kid who loves animals and has the potential to harness that passion to be the next Temple Grandin or Jane Goodall.

The Discover Your Passion™ Competition offers New York City-based students an opportunity to explore their unique gifts, talents and passions in an area of their choice. In 2016 the $25,000 Scholarship Fund is awarded to up to ten children who show exceptional promise in academic fields, sports, music, the arts, social entrepreneurship, technology or other disciplines. Formerly only available to students in grades 2-8, the program has now been extended through High School. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5000 toward the pursuit of his or her choice and the remaining winners will be awarded amounts consistent with their projects. Finalists will be selected within three categories: Grades 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12.



Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund’s Discover Your Passion™ Competition
Recipient of Cartus Cares Global Citizenship Award

Check Out the Discover Your Passion™ Competition Here

Find the Contest Criteria Here

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