Archive for the ‘P.A.L. Workshop Series’ Category

Rethinking Gifted Education

January 12, 2012

Ever feel like you’re at the front of a revolution, watching it unfold and hopeful that more people will join in because they realize the benefit of that change? A recent article in Psychological ScienceRethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science,” is more proof that education has reached its tipping point and change is imminent.

Be sure to check out the article by Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Frank C. Worrell. And if you are in the New York City area, don’t miss a rare opportunity to join P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] and The Speyer Legacy School for a Conversation with Dr. Rena Subotnik on Shifting from the Best of Gifted Education to Talent Development: Implications for Identification, Education, and Psychological Support Inside and Outside of School

Her talk is the first session in the Spring 2012 P.A.L. Workshop Series in New York City. This Spring 2012, P.A.L. [Parents of Advanced Learners] Workshop Series returns with a new blog, a listserv for parents to connect with one another and discuss resources for advanced learners, and our P.A.L. Workshops Speaker Series for Parents, with more locations to hear great speakers. January includes a Conversation with Gifted Education Expert Rena Subotnik on Shifting from the Best of Gifted Education to Talent DevelopmentSupporting Early Giftedness Through Play in February is for parents who have noticed advanced abilities in their young children and want concrete activities and games to support and encourage their strengths.  Special Topics in Gifted Education, in April and May will appeal to parents of elementary and middle schoolers; and a great Spring wrap-up with Preventing Summer Slide: Engaging Math, Reading, Science and other Activities to Prevent Summer Learning Loss will help keep your kiddo on track through the school break.

See the P.A.L. Blog for more details, http://palworkshops.wordpress.com

Registration is open, but space is limited, so sign-up soon for Spring 2012 PAL Workshops.

 

 

Advertisements

JTB Holiday Pop-Up Event Calendar

November 30, 2011

Join us at the Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up now through December 28 for these great holiday events for young kids & families:

everyday, anytime…
Santa Letter Writing. From paper and stickers to stamps and stencils, we provide all the eco-friendly materials so kids can create their letters for Santa and mail it to the North Pole.
The ‘Not A Box’ Contest. A childhood idea of transforming a brown box into a TV set was the impetus for the JTB product box and the installation at the JTB Pop-Up Store. Show us your ingenuity. Transform a simple brown box into the invention of your choice, explain it and enter to win a $150 Jade’s ToyBox gift card.
Holiday StoryTime, By Kids, For Kids.
Bring the kiddos in for holiday story time and hear special guest kid ‘authors’ share an excerpt of their favorite prose too. Check JTB Blog for Schedule and Sign-Up.
saturday dec 3
Holiday Craft Workshop. 2 p.m. Using recycled and found objects, we’ll transform simple items into beautiful holiday gifts for family and friends with a little help from our in-store staff and visitng artists.

sunday dec 4
Organic Gingerbread Cookie Workshop with ButterBeans. 11:30 a.m.

Join ButterBeans for homemade organic gingerbread cookie decorating and hot cocoa fun!

tuesday dec 6
The P.A.L. Workshops @ Jade’s ToyBox presents Supporting Early Giftedness Through Play: A Hands-On, Play-Based Workshop for Parents.  Just in time for the holidays, this play-based session will help parents support their child’s strengths, with games and strategies to help toddlers and preschoolers develop a love for learning, and get ready for kindergarten.6:30 p.m. $Register @ palworkshops.eventbrite.com

saturday dec 10
Holiday Cookie Swap with MiniMunchers. 2 p.m.
Join MiniMunchers for an organic twist on cookie making! They’ll teach the kiddos how to make healthy, yummy homemade cookies for a holiday cookie swap.

sunday dec 11
Organic Gingerbread Cookie Workshop with ButterBeans. 11:30 a.m.

Join ButterBeans for homemade organic gingerbread cookie decorating and hot cocoa fun!
The Sock Monkey Workshop. 2 p.m.
Bring in your non-stinky, recycled socks and let’s put them to good re-use as a great holiday gift. We will have classic sock-monkey socks for sale on-site too.

saturday dec 17
Holiday Craft: Musical Instrument Workshop. 2 p.m. Using recycled and found objects, we’ll transform simple items into awesome musical instruments that make great holiday gifts for family and friends.

sunday dec 18
Holiday StoryTime, By Kids, For Kids. 2 p.m. Bring your kiddos in for holiday story time and hear special guest kid ‘authors’ share an excerpt of their favorite prose too.

and more…
Holiday Dining Classes with socialsklz:). Check dates and Register @ the JTB Pop-Up
Studiotime with Hudson Soundlab. Sign-Up fast to record your original music, poem or book reading. Makes great gifts for family & friends. By appointment. Several packages are available until Dec 12.

Sign-Up at the JTB Holiday Pop-Up Store or call 212.343.8881 to guarantee a spot for our great line-up of holiday fun.
Location: 124 Hudson Street, between N. Moore & Ericsson Place in Tribeca
Hours: Monday and Friday from 9 am-7pm, Tuesday through Wednesday and Saturdays from 11 am -7 pm, and Sundays from 11 am-5 pm.

Gifted & Talents Options

October 19, 2011

In New York City, we often take for granted the resources at our disposal: the museums, the opera, the performances-Broadway, children’s theater and more. From circus classes to veterinarian programs for animal lovers, New Yorkers have thought of everything for kids. Even our schools offer specialized programs for children, but filtering through the most appropriate program for your child can be overwhelming, and P.A.L. is here to help.

If you are in the NYC area, join Jade’s ToyBox and P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners]on October 25, 2011 and learn more about the G&T school options available throughout New York City.

The NYC Gifted & Talented Process: Admissions & Testing for Public & Private Schools

 Whether you’re set on Hunter, private, city-wide, district-wide or your local public school, don’t miss P.A.L. partners Karen Quinn, the best-selling author of the Ivy Chronicles and Testing for Kindergarten, along with NYC Gifted and Talented parent expert Michael McCurdy, as they share advice and insider secrets to get your child into the school of your choice.

Topics will include a general understanding of the tests required for the various G&T programs including the ERB/WPPSI, OLSAT, BRSA & the Stanford Binet. Karen and Michael will discuss the 7-Abilities every test assesses and your child must have to succeed in kindergarten and beyond; public and private school processes and procedures, timelines and deadlines. This is a not-to-be-missed session for all parents exploring kindergarten options in NYC!

Guest speakers: Karen Quinn & Michael McCurdy

BIOS:

Karen Quinn is the author of “Testing For Kindergarten” and co-founder of TestingMom.com. She co-founded Smart City Kids, one of the first consulting services in NYC to help parents find the best public or private school for their child. Two of her novels, including “The Ivy Chronicles,” were optioned for feature films.
http://www.testingmom.com 

*Karen’s books will be on hand for sale and autographing.

Michael McCurdy known to many as the “Testing Dad,” is co-founder of TestingMom.com, and informs parents how to effectively navigate the NYC G&T system through his popular NYC Gifted and Talented Blog. He and his family live in New York City where his daughter attends P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented Program in District 2 in Manhattan.
http://nycgiftedandtalented.wordpress.com

For more information contact Angelique LeDoux at 212.343.8881, or email palworkshops@me.com ;

Register for the series at  http://palworkshops.eventbrite.com

Join the conversation with our new P.A.L. Listserv- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/palworkshops

Share resources and get G&T news, tips and events at:
http://palworkshops.wordpress.com

A New School Year, A Fresh Start?

September 13, 2011

Summer ‘s over, school is back, and it’s the perfect time to nip the bad habits, arguing, nagging, manipulation and spousal arguments over the kids in the bud. Brush up your positive discipline techniques with some advice from the experts. Check out best-selling author and parent educator Nancy Samalin’s Loving Your Child Is Not Enough; Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma; Loving Each One Best, and Loving Without Spoiling, where she addresses key parenting issues including teaching responsibility, setting limits, diminishing conflict, handling sibling rivalry and encouraging cooperation.

And if you’re in New York City, come see Nancy Samalin in person at the P.A.L. Workshop Series for parents of accelerated learners on September 20, 2011. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. (more…)

Drum Roll, Please…The P.A.L. Workshop Series Returns

September 13, 2011

After a successful  Spring 2011 lecture series launch for parents of advanced learners, the P.A.L. Workshop Series is back, better and bigger with more resources, more speakers, more topics for all age ranges and a gifted education listserv for New York City parents too!

Jade’s ToyBox is pleased to be the founding member of the series designed to help parents of accelerated learners understand issues relevant to their child’s cognitive, social & emotional development. The P.A.L. Workshops, co-sponsored by  NYC Private Schools Blog (www.nycprivateschoolsblog.com), TestingMom.com (www.testingmom.com) and NYC G&T Blog (www.nycgiftedandtalented.wordpress.com), will feature experts and practitioners in the field of gifted education and parent advocates in a dialogue with parents about educating and nurturing these unique learners. The Fall series will start September 20, 2011 and will again be held at the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center in TriBeCa, NYC.

“Parents of advanced learners now have a voice and a dialogue for discussing key issues and concerns, plus they will hear excellent speakers, find great local resources and programs for gifted kids and children with specific needs or talent areas,” says Angelique LeDoux, founder and president of Jade’s ToyBox. “We are looking forward to our Fall series, featuring some amazing educators, authors and parents and we are hard at work for a unique Spring 2012 series that will appeal to parents with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade, so stay tuned.”

The Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center is located at 120 Warren Street between Greenwich Street and West Street in TriBeCa. The workshops start September 20, 2011 and will run through December 2011. Cost for the series is $10 per workshop. Downtown Community Center members are admitted free of charge, and a scholarship is available for those in financial need. The five-part series includes:

 September 20, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 pmP.A.L. Session: Positive Discipline & Your Advanced Learner: Ending the Great Debate with Your Little Lawyer

Experts offer parents the tools they need to get the school year off on the right foot. Best-selling author and parent educator Nancy Samalin headlines the Fall 2011 opening session of P.A.L., offering parents tips to avoid the nagging, manipulation, bribes, yelling and the ensuing disagreements with their spouses that often arise over the kids. Donna Vaupel helps parents of advanced learners distinguish between typical discipline issues, and understand the characteristics and issues specific to gifted kids. You’ll walk away with practical and concrete tips to end the great debate with your little lawyer once and for all.

October 25, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 pmP.A.L. Session: The Gifted &Talented Process: Admissions and Testing for Public & Private Schools

Whether your set on Hunter, private, city-wide, district-wide or your local public school, don’t miss P.A.L. partners Karen Quinn, the best-selling author of the Ivy Chronicles and Testing for Kindergarten, along with NYC Gifted and Talented parent expert Michael McCurdy, as they share advice and insider secrets to get your child into the school of your choice. Topics will include a general understanding of the tests required for the various G&T programs including the ERB/WPPSI, OLSAT, BRSA & Stanford Binet, and which tests are required for each program. Karen will discuss her 7-Abilities every test assesses and your child must have to succeed in kindergarten and beyond; public and private school processes and procedures, timelines and deadlines. A not-to-be-missed session for all parents exploring kindergarten options in NYC!

November 15, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 pmP.A.L. Session: What’s the Right Fit for My Child? Options in the Gifted Arena

A panel of parents offers their perspectives on district-wide, citywide, public and private options and the approaches to G&T Education in NYC.

December 6, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 pmP.A.L. Mini Session: Supporting Early Giftedness Through Play

Just in time for the holidays, this play-based session will help parents support their child’s strength areas with games and strategies to help toddlers and preschoolers get ready for kindergarten.

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

For more information contact Angelique LeDoux at 212.343.8881, or email palworkshops@me.com

To Register, go to:  http://palworkshops.eventbrite.com

Gifted Child Advocacy and Twice Exceptionality

June 6, 2011

Is your child advanced beyond other classmates, in need of more stimulating and rigorous classwork, bored and acting out or gifted with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD or a learning disability? If so, don’t miss the P.A.L. (Parents of Accelerated Learners) final Spring session in New York City on Tuesday, June 7, 2011- The Accelerated Learner, Part 3- Becoming Your Child’s Advocate.

Parents will better understand the issues, barriers and solutions for getting their advanced learner or twice exceptional child into an appropriate program that they deserve. Experts and parents who are advocates for gifted and 2E learners will discuss the issues they’ve experienced and the solutions they’ve found. 

Panelists include:

Alex Hindes has been actively involved in education policy issues and advocacy for the last 10 years. Ms. Hindes, who practices law in New York and New Jersey, has devoted her career to working on behalf of students with disabilities.  Ms. Hindes attended Brandeis University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.
http://nealhrosenberg.com/index.html

Melissa Sornik, LMSW, a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) facilitator and co-founder and president of LI-TECA, (Long Island Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy) is a consultant for twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families. She conducts workshops for parents on twice exceptionality, myths of giftedness, visual spatial learners and the importance of talent development in divergent learners.

Jill Tatara, a photo editor for TIME for Kids Magazine, is the mother of a neurotypical 3-year-old and a highly-gifted 8-year-old with Asperger’s and ADHD.

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

Date: June 7, 2011 6:30-8:00 pm

Location: 
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 http://palworkshops.eventbrite.com