P.A.L. Workshop Series for Parents of Accelerated Learners
NOVEMBER 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm-8 pm
What’s The Right For My Child? Options in the Gifted Arena: A moderated panel of elementary school parents offer their perspectives on districtwide, citywide, public and private options and the approaches to G&T Education in NYC. Join us for an honest and rare look into the various gifted and talented programs available to children throughout New York City.
New York Family Editor Eric Messinger will moderate a panel of parents from Hunter College Elementary, citywide, districtwide, public and independent schools that support advanced learners. Parents will share their experiences and discuss the pros and cons of each approach, and when extra support may be needed.
Topics will include:
What’s all the hoopla about Hunter?
How is a citywide school program different than a districtwide?
Do all private schools accommodate advanced learners and what are the right questions to ask?
Is a ‘really good’ NYC public school the right fit for your G&T child?
What options are there for twice exceptional, or gifted children with learning differences like ADHD or Aspergers, etc?
What are the pros and cons of a self-contained program? And other than Hunter and citywide, what are the other options?
Jennifer Selendy is a litigation partner at the firm of Kirland & Ellis LLP, where she tries commercial cases for clients such as IBM, Samsung, Verizon and Discover. She has a long history of educational philanthropy and pro bono work with New Leaders for New Schools, College Summit, Hunter College Elementary School and, most recently, The Speyer Legacy School. She also chairs the board of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a national legal services organization focused on the civil and economic rights of those living in poverty, and co-chairs the board of The Speyer Legacy School. Her children have attended Hunter College Elementary and Speyer Legacy School.
Pamela French, director and producer of “Getting In… Kindergarten,” a documentary that followed three families for over a year struggling through the subculture of the NYC kindergarten admissions process, is a native New Yorker and mother of two Anderson School/PS334 students. Presently, Pamela is in the production stages of “Green Is The Word”; a comprehensive, educational film to inform and inspire New York City school communities about how to make their schools more environmentally sustainable.
Theseus Roche, an after-school program director for Manhattan Youth at the Downtown Community Center, which serves more than 800 children from a handful of downtown schools, recently moved his child from a local public school to a districtwide program.
Christa Acampora is associate professor of philosophy at Hunter College and The Graduate Center. She is the parent of a highly gifted child who also has learning differences. Her child has attended both public and private schools in New York City and abroad, and is currently enrolled at The Lang School. She chairs the Lang board of directors, and volunteers as an advocate for families navigating public school systems.
The P.A.L. Workshops Series is a collaboration of Jade’s ToyBox, NYC Private Schools Blog, NYC Gifted & Talented Blog, TestingMom.com and the Downtown Community Center in partnership with Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education, Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE), Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy (TECA), Rutgers Gifted Education Certificate Program and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).
For more information contact Angelique LeDoux at 212.343.8881, or email email@example.com