Is Your Child an Advanced Learner?

If you are in NYC, join us for the P.A.L. Workshop MAY 17, 2011-

MAY 17- The Accelerated Learner Part 2-
What’s the Right Fit for my Child? Options in the Gifted Arena

We’ll explore the various considerations, approaches and next steps to gifted education in NYC with a focus on elementary programs, including self-contained schools and programs, pull-out programs, differentiating and homeschooling. Plus a look at private versus public options. Parents and insiders will discuss options and take questions from the audience.

 Panelists include:

Victoria Goldman is a journalist specializing in education and the author of The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools and Selective Public Schools, 6th Ed., and The Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools, 6th Ed.  She is also a private educational consultant with Education First. Goldman contributes to the Education Life supplement of the New York Times and continues to support many non-profits including the Albert G. Oliver Scholarship Program Board, The We Are Family Foundation, and the Educational Alliance, as well as others.

Dr. Robin Aronow has her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work and was a clinician in private practice and a school social worker. Robin has visited all the private schools and most of the public schools to which families in Manhattan apply. She has developed positive working relationships with private school admissions directors and administrators at Hunter College Campus Schools, the Anderson Program, and administrators in the Department of Education. She is an advisor to Manhattan Media’s (West Side Spirit and Our Town, among others) Blackboard Awards which honor excellence in education.

Dr. Aronow consults with numerous private nursery and elementary schools, and individual families looking for ongoing schools pre-K through high school. She has written several articles about the process of applying to schools and conducts workshops entitled “Life After Nursery School” including workshops on applying to private and public schools. Robin also maintains an email updating service.  She finds it extremely satisfying providing information and support to families to help make the process less daunting. She also loves returning to school settings, and having a chance to tour so many schools and observe best practices.

Sharon Roth lends the parent perspective of a mom who has experienced a top tier private, but found a better fit for her child at a self-contained gifted school. Roth, a graduate of Loughborough University in England, is an editorial consultant for the American National Standards Institute, a former parent board-member-at-large for the Brownstone preschool and is secretary of the Parents’ Association at Speyer Legacy School. Her son, Drake, was recently featured in the New York Times article regarding early readers:

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.

Event: the P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Workshop Series

Date: May 17, 2011 6:30-8:00 pm

The Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street, 1 block south of Chambers
Between Greenwich Street and West Street
New York, NY 10013

For more information click herethe P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Parent Workshop Series  or go to


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