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P.A.L. Workshop Series for Parents of Accelerated Learners next Tueday – What’s the Right Fit for My Gifted Child?
November 9th, 2011

Attention NYC Parents! We’re having our nextr P.A.L. Workshop Series for Parents of Accelerated Learners next Tueday – November 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm-8 pm

You must register to attend.
Register for the series at  http://palworkshops.eventbrite.com
TestingMom.com Top members get to attend FREE! All non-Top members the cost is $10 per person.

Location: Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren Street, in TriBeCa; 1 block south of Chambers Street,Between Greenwich Street and Westside Highway (near the A/C/E and 1/2/3 subways),New York, NY 10013
Next Tueday – November 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm-8 pm

If you’re not in NYC, don’t worry. We’ll be videotaping this workshop so you can view at a later date. It ususall take us a 1 week to get the video edited and posted on the site.

Here are the details of this workshop:
What’s The Right Fit For My Child? Options in the Gifted Arena A moderated panel of elementary school parents offer their perspectives on district wide, 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?
 
Panelists:

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.

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