Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BP Diaz and PACE to Host Gifted & Talented Open House

  FOR the second year in a row, the Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and PACE (Parents' Alliance for Citywide Education) will co-host a Gifted & Talented Education Open House providing information about New York City's Citywide Gifted & Talented (G&T) elementary schools, Bronx district G&T programs and other accelerated education options. The groups will hold two events on Thursday, October 29that the Bronx Library Center – one at 10-11:30 a.m. and another at 6-7p.m.

Each event features drop-in sessions related to G&T education as well as a presentation on the public school G&T testing process by expert consultants. PACE and Bronx Borough President representatives will be on hand, and current parents at Citywide G&T schools and district G&T programs will be available for informal Q&A.  Representatives from other local educational groups will provide information and a representative from the NYC Department of Education will also be available to answer questions specific to the public school G&T process.

In addition to gathering information on educational options, attendees can sign up on site for the free G&T test offered by the DOE.

Among the five boroughs of New York City, Bronx children are tested at the lowest rate per capita, according to DOE statistics. This can change with better outreach to all Bronx communities. In fact, after last year’s Open House at which scores of parents signed up for the G&T test on site, the number of Bronx children taking the G&T test for entry to Kindergarten increased by over 13 percent whereas in other boroughs the testing rate stayed flat or even decreased.  The PACE group believes if more parents have their children tested, the demand for accelerated programs will grow in The Bronx.

“As a borough we continue to push for educational excellence and options for all of our students,” says Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “When looking at the gifted and talented students in The Bronx, we know we have to do the work of educating and supporting parents to make informed decisions about the educational trajectory of their children.

We are working with Bronx parents who have gone through the G&T process and can offer their experiences and knowledge to assist parents, especially when signing up for the free G&T test with the Department of Education; to answer questions parents and caregivers may have about the G&T process and schools; and with organizations that provide further educational options for parents of gifted and talented children.”

Borough President Diaz added, “Supporting students is a priority of my office and I look forward to continuing these collaborative efforts to open as many doors of excellence to our parents and gifted and talented Bronx students.” 

PACE is an organization founded by parent volunteers who represent each of New York City's Citywide G&T schools and programs: The Anderson School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Brooklyn School of Inquiry, NEST+m on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, STEM Academy at PS 85Q (grades 2-5 in 2015/16) and The 30th Avenue School (Q300) (grades K-2, 6 & 7 in 2015/16) in Queens, & TAG Young Scholars in East Harlem, Manhattan. More information can be found at their website, Citywideschools.org.

PACE seeks to advance G&T education through advocacy, outreach, and coalition building. PACE’s activities include:

    •    Monitoring relevant education policy and issues,
    •    Educating elected officials and other community leaders about Citywide gifted and talented programs,
    •    Advocating for existing and new Citywide G&T schools and programs, and
    •    Sharing experience, learning, and practices among parents at Citywide gifted and talented schools and programs.

Citywide schools are gifted and talented schools which accept applicants from any of NYC's five boroughs based on results of the NYC Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented testing.


When:             Thursday, October 2910-11:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.    
Free and Open to the Public, Refreshments Served and Children Welcome
Location:        Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY
Questions:      Contact Willow Lawson, Parents’ Alliance for Citywide Education,

1 comment:

  1. I saw on News 12 The Bronx that PS 24 Spuyten Duyvil School in Riverdale may lose its Whitehall Annex building.

    The Annex is where PS 24 (a seriously overcrowded K-5 school) currently has its all of its 5th graders.

    The likely solution is put "temporary" trailer-style classrooms next to PS 24's main building in the school yard. In addition, the principal of PS 24 must stop accepting all out-of-zone pupils.

    At the same time, the Department of Education must shrink the school's zone so that fewer kindergarteners enter PS 24 next year. Those pupils would be diverted to other nearby schools, including PS 81 Robert J. Christen School (which must crack down on its own problem of having so many pupils from Yonkers who shouldn't even be in New York City public school to begin with).

    There are also some new charter schools in Kingsbridge that should free up some of the seats in the public schools
    in that neighborhood, which is right next to Riverdale.

    I realize that 100PrecentBronx has not reported on all this, but what do you think?