NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Unrest at NEST Gifted and Talented Citywide School
October 4, 2012, 3:53 pm
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Well, according to a recent article in Gotham Schools there is much unrest at NEST gifted and talented citywide school located on the lower east-side of Manhattan.  I thought that Gotham Schools was a site that did fact base journalism but it seems they’ve decided to ride the wave of becoming the gossip rag for NYC schools. I’m not one to complain about trash-journalism since this is the kind of juicy stuff all parents (like me!) love to read – especially when it comes to one of the most high-demand public school G&T programs in New York City.  Here are the highlights of the article:

  • Principal Olga Livanis had not soothed relations with the staff after she surprised several of them with “unsatisfactory” ratings. My translation: A principal finally stands up for something other than the teachers unions and gives teachers failing evaluations which may or may not have been deserved.
  • Teachers “boycotted” Curriculum Night where parents come to hear all about what their children are expected to learn this year. Teachers demanded “overtime” to attend this session. My translation:  Teachers once again try to prove a point at the expense of the children and at the expense of parents who are highly engaged with their children’s education.
  • Parents are blaming the administration for all this chaos.

Of course, all of this is speculation on my part. I do find it very interesting that all the NEST+M Gifted and Talented dirty laundry is now being aired across all 5 boroughs. Unfortunately, the big losers in this situation are the students. We’ll see if demand decreases next year for this G&T program based upon the unrest at NEST, but I doubt it



New York City Gifted and Talented Program for NYC Schools OLSAT Test Prep

If you have questions or comments about this blog, please email me at skipper646@gmail.com. Thanks! Michael M.

Before you go to the items below, you may want to check out my other blog to find awesome, fun and learning stuff for your gifted and talented child.

We’ve found several great books and software tools to get our child for the OLSAT test prep for New York City gifted and talented program. Some of these items are directly related to the OLSAT / BRSA testing style of questions while other books are great as parents resources for educational development for their student in the NYC gifted and talented program. Overall, these items we consider excellent for OLSAT test preparation along with general preparation for gifted and talented school work within the gifted and talented program in NYC.

If you’d like 6 FREE OLSAT type sample questions from a new OLSAT test prep book email me at skipper646@gmail.com.

These are REALLY good resources for OLSAT prep for pre-K and kindergarten for gifted and talented New York City students.

Age: 3 Subject: Mathematics for NYC gifted and talented program students
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1

Age: 4 Subject: Mathematics for NYC gifted and talented program students
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 2

Grade: PreK Subject: Mathematics for NYC gifted and talented program students
Beginning Mathematical Reasoning: Developing Math & Thinking Skills, Ages 3 & 4

Grade: K Subject: Mathematics for NYC gifted and talented program students
Mathematical Reasoning Through Verbal Analysis: Level A

Ages: 3-4 Subject: Critical Thinking NYC gifted and talented program students
BUILDING THINKING SKILLS BEGINNING

Grades: PreK-1 Subject: Critical Thinking for NYC gifted and talented program students
Visual Perceptual Skill Building, Book 1

Grades: PreK-K Subject: Critical Thinking NYC gifted and talented program students
Mind Benders Beginning Book 1 (PreK-K)

Grade: PreK Subject: Critical Thinking for NYC gifted and talented program students
Thinker Doodles, Clues and Choose Beginning Book

Ages: 3-4 Alphabet & Number Puzzles w/Activities for NYC gifted and talented program students
Alphabet & Number Puzzles w/Activities

Grades: PreK-2 Subject: Language Arts for NYC gifted and talented program students
Dr. Dooriddles Associative Reasoning Activities: Book A-1

For pre-K NYC gifted and talented program students
Can You Find Me?: Building Thinking Skills in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies: Prekindergarten

For Kindergarten for NYC gifted and talented program students
Can You Find Me?: Building Thinking Skills in Reading, Math, Science & Social Studies K-1 (Bright Minds series)

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Critical Thinking
Building Thinking Skills- Critical Thinking skills for reading, writing, math, science (Level 1(Grades 2-3)

Grades: 2-3 CD for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Critical Thinking
Building Thinking Skills Level 1

Grade: 2
Subject: Mathematics for gifted and talented NYC students
Mathematical Reasoning, Level C (Mathematical Reasoning)

Grades: 2-5 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Critical Thinking
What Would You Do?, Book 1

Grade: 2 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Language Arts
Language Smarts, Level C (Gr 2)

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Language Arts
Vocabulary Smarts Book 1

Grade: 2 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Mathematics
Complete the Picture Math Book 2

Grades: 2-4 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Critical Thinking
Organizing Thinking: Book One : Graphic Organizers

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Mathematics
Math Ananlogies

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Language Arts for gifted and talented NYC students
Spelling DooRiddles, Book A1

Grades: PreK-2 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Language Arts
Dr. Dooriddles Associative Reasoning Activities: Book A-1

Grades: PreK-2 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Language Arts
Dr. DooRiddles, Book A2: Associative Reasoning Activities

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Language Arts
Dr. DooRiddles, Book A3: Associated Reasoning Activities

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Mathematics
Scratch Your Brain: Clever Math Ticklers

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Critical Thinking
Visual Perceptual Skill Building, Book 2

Grades: 1-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Science
Developing Critical Thinking Through Science/Book 1 Grade 1-3

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Critical Thinking
Dr. Funster’s Think-A-Minutes A1: Fast, Fun Brainwork for Higher Grades and Top Test Scores

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Critical Thinking
Dr. Funster’s Think-A-Minutes, Level B Book 2

Grades: 2-3 for gifted and talented NYC students
Subject: Critical Thinking
Visual Perceptual Skill Building Book 2

Click here to find a list of parents resources for gifted and talented childrens’ material from Amazon.

There are other OLSAT test prep materials that parents can use to prepare their child for New York City gifted and talented program testing that’s coming this fall. For those other test prep material not available on Amazon please contact me at skipper646@gmail.com for more information regarding test prep for gifted and talented program for New York City. Thanks! Michael M.

P.S. – My other blog has more awesome, fun and learning stuff for your gifted and talented child.




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