NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

New School Year Means New Parents to Gifted and Talented Process

I was invited to speak on the panel for the recent PAL Workshop series on September 19, 2012 to a jammed packed crowd at the Downtown Community Center in Tribeca. The new school year means new parents to the gifted and talented process for New York City. I humbled and honored to be on the panel with the amazing Testing Mom (Karen Quinn), Dana Kaplan who is the incredible G&T kindergarten teacher at PS 33 Chelsea Prep in District 2 in Manhattan and Jane B. who has a child who just earned a coveted seat at the high-demand District 2 Lower Lab school on the Upper Eastside.

This evening session covered all aspects of the kindergarten Gifted and Talented testing process in New York City. We know that there are a lot of different test names being thrown around, especially for testing in New York City, so we want to make sure that we all achieve our common goal: helping your child create his or her own success! When I speak on these panels I  like to use these sessions to help other NYC parents become very familiar with not only the specific tests that their children will be given, like the OLSAT test or the new NNAT-2 test, but also the concepts behind the tests. It’s so important for us to help our children develop the skills behind the concepts presented on these tests rather than constantly drilling them with questions.


Panel Discussion for the NYC Gifted and Talented Program

The panel focused on the evening on choosing the right school for not just your child and not just you, but for your family as a whole. There are many high-quality programs for gifted and talented children in New York City, but the most important factor in deciding which school is right for you is determining which environment will be most cohesive with your family’s lifestyle and your child’s learning process. will be hosting 2 more live events for New York City parents the week of October 21 (details on the times and locations TBD) so stay tuned!

NYC Schools Start Tomorrow! Goodbye Summer, Hello Chelsea Prep PS 33!

Well, the summer has flown by as we head into another G&T year here in New York City!  We went up to PS 33 Chelsea Prep yesterday to drop off some supplies for our daughter’s gifted and talented teacher this year – the incredible Mrs. Alycia Zimmeran! Our daughter is so blessed to have Mrs. Zimmerman for another year. Our daughter had Mrs. Zimmerman in first grade and now she’ll have her again for the third grade!  Not sure if the public education system in New York City, no I mean Amercia, gets any better than this! Mrs. Zimmerman explempies what it means to be a dedicated, accountable, and enthusiastic teacher. I can’t say enough great things about her and her use of technology in the classrom which includes updates on her web site.

The NYC department of education did provide a brief update the new G&T handbooks which will now be available in early October,  according to the DOE web site.  There are MANY changes expected to come into play for the New York City gifted and talented program.  Make sure you go to and get free practice questions for the OLSAT test and the NNAT test  – it will come sooner than you think! It’s never too early to start preparing your talented tot!

Keep me posted on how the first week of schools go, especially to all the G&T parents across all the 5 boroughs!