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 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

Apr. 2, 2017

The Masters



  49 Clinton Ave.

  Dobbs Ferry, NY




  THE EDUCATIONAL FORUM  in Westchester County,  NY

       9:15 am  -  4:00 pm

      APRIL 2, 2017

 CO-HOSTS :   THE MASTERS SCHOOL   provides its 5th-12th grade students with a challenging academic environment that prepares its graduates for success at top colleges throughout the country, and for life beyond. The school’s Harkness table approach fosters learning that engenders participation, collaboration and initiative. Its location, just 12 miles from Manhattan, enables the committed use of cultural and educational resources that only New York City can offer.


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  Presentations  -  for parents, students and everybody who is interested    
You, Your Child & Einstein
Jill Schaffer
Director, The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy
Have you ever worried that someday someone will find out your success is due purely to luck? Do you have a fear of failure,or a feeling that your hard work is never enough? If so, then you and about 70% of the population suffer from the Impostor Syndrome. It’s usually the highest achieving and most gifted people that get hit the hardest - Einstein, Tina Fey, Maya Angelou, you … your student. It is hard enough to deal with these feelings as adults, but it is harder when we see our children exhibiting the same fears. Come take a look at the Impostor Syndrome and learn how to combat this condition and give your children the confidence and skills they need to succeed.
Considerations for Early College
Sophie Mettler-Grove
Admission Counselor,
  Bard Academy / Bard College at Simon's Rock
The early college option could be a most rewarding educational experience. In an early college setting, students learn in an environment where advanced course material is not only the norm, but also where the expectation for intellectual fulfillment is commonplace. It is a setting where curiosity and the desire to learn can combine in a way that could foster substantial intellectual and emotional growth. Yet, even among advanced learners, early college may not be the best educational path to follow. Come learn about the different types of early college approaches and, more importantly, the type of student who would most benefit from this choice.
How to Assess Summer Enrichment Programs
Robert Friedman
Director - Penn Summer Discovery,
  Summer Discovery
The selections seem infinite, as do the possible settings, purposes, and emphases. These are the wide assortment of summer enrichment programs all offering experiences that would provide your child with intellectual and emotional growth. But how would you look for a program that is best suited for your child’s needs and for your financial budget? More importantly, how might you assess the program’s suitability relative to the benefits that it may provide? Join in for a discussion that could enable you to contribute meaningfully to your child’s life.
Using Peer Teaching for Effective Learning
Steven Fink
If you do not think that peer teaching can yield genuine knowledge and excitement, think again. . To be sure, visualizing children and youths as effective role models for their contemporaries may be challenging. It may be more difficult still to imagine that teachers within similar age cohorts as their students would be respected and accepted. But providing the right environment and given the proper opportunity and development, peer teaching can be one of the most effective ways of providing and retaining knowledge, understanding and confidence – for both teacher and student. Discover how your child can learn and develop in a most positive way.
Elementary Algebra: The Importance of Early Abstract Math
Christopher Green
  Russian School of Mathematics (Stamford)
Traditional math curricula shun algebraic abstraction until students are well into middle school. It is becoming increasingly apparent that students are capable of working with algebraic thought and notation from a much younger age. In fact, this early exposure has shown itself to have real positive impacts on a child's overall cognitive development. Explore the history and theory behind a Russian approach that seeks to introduce the concepts of variable, equation and order of operation to students as young as the first grade. In a world of accelerating progress and endlessly proliferating information,adaptive analytical thinking and problem solving are more important than ever. Algebra is the perfect exercise to prepare young minds for this future. Find out why.
Identifying and Accommodating the 2e Child in Your Life
John Manganiello
Head of School,
  The Beacon School
If you are concerned that your child’s academic performance seems at odds with your awareness of his/her capability, then join in to become familiar with the characteristics associated with twice exceptionality. The life of a twice exceptional (2e) student can be quite trying. A child who has the intellectual gifts to understand, but a learning difference that prevents the processing of information typically is subjected to considerable frustration and anxiety. Accordingly, 2e children, if not identified, nor accommodated, could find it especially hard to fulfill their potential both as students and as individuals. Learn what can be done to address a child’s learning difference while enabling a gifted mind to soar.
Fostering Critical Thinking Through Creative Writing
Lena Roy
Northern Metro Regional Manager & Head Instructor,
  Writopia Lab
Creative writing is often considered frivolous in our test-prep culture where there is always the RIGHT answer. But who has the right answer and how does that teach us to think creatively and imaginatively for ourselves? It is through creative writing that we begin to find out. Structuring a story with a beginning, middle and an end requires intense critical thought. And, that intensity poses barriers for many students who feel restrained by their uncertainty of grammar or of what formats are "allowed." Giving students the space to err, and in an environment uninhibited by censorship can make learning how to write not only doable but also enjoyable. Discover what you can do to generate literacy, critical thinking and, yes, joy in your child.
Creating Community for Parents of Intellectually Curious Kids
Jen Citrolo
  SO Curious
Raising a precocious child can feel frustrating, exhilarating and isolating--sometimes all at once. But you're not alone. Social media can provide a powerful forum for families of intellectually curious kids to connect and share resources, experience and support. It's free and empowering and, best of all, meetings are not required. Hear how a local virtual parent network got its start and get practical tips to build your own. From promoting a positive community culture to curating meaningful content, hear a discussion on what worked, what flopped and what will be next. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. Join us!
The Importance of Tech-Free, Test-Free, Socialization
Gordon Josey
  Breezemont Day Camp
Something important is missing in today’s world of communicating through social media and learning focused on standardized testing performance. The awareness of ourselves as individuals and how we view others are increasingly being defined through the directives of electronic proxies and by the narrow interpretations of educational achievement. Lost are the openness of mind and the importance of childhood and the ability to play and make and keep friends. Understand better why a "step back in time" into an environment, unencumbered by technology, where people interact in person, helps develop the social skills so important to personal success.
Integrating Innovation, Entrepreneurship & STEM
John Chiodo P'19
Director of Innovation Engineering & Computer Science,
  The Masters School
Consider the conditions that spark innovation – not the incremental improvements that enable a car to gain gas mileage, but of those “paradigm shifters”, like Ford’s Model T automobile or Jobs’s Apple II computer, that redefine how we live. Both Ford and Jobs shared an ability to tap their wide-ranging interests to create something special. Too often, engineering is part of a science program; entrepreneurship is taught in a business class … components that are crucial in fostering innovation are learned and applied separately, and inefficiently. Explore how integrating disciplines not only kindles creativity but also provides a rich learning experience for students. Discover too, how you, as parents, can cultivate, in your child, an appreciation for connections that can encourage new ways of thinking.
  Student Sessions  -  for students grades 4 - 12     
The Art of Writing Fiction
Steven Barish, Ph.D.
Assistant Program Manager,
Johns Hopkins CTY Online Programs
(grades 4-6, & 7-9, session limit: 20)
Immerse yourself into a world that is bounded only by the infinite limits of your creativity. Then, express what you can imagine so that you can share your world with others – as a story. However, if you are like most, the ability to articulate effectively through the written word is a challenge. Discover tools and strategies (like starting with an ending, or mashing characters) that will add pizzazz and excitement, or pathos and sensitivity (or all the above, and more), to what you have to say. Give your writing skills a boost while allowing your creative juices to flow.
The Power to Speak in Public
Lumos Debate Institute
(grades 4-6 & 7-10, session limit: 20)
If you like arguing, you'll love debate! Come hone your argument skills by debating such issues as summer vs winter, pancakes vs waffles, and cats vs dogs. You'll learn to build an argument, use evidence to support, and engage in critical analysis. In the process, you’ll bolster public speaking skills; employing body language, tone, and enunciation to your advantage. Here’s a chance to discover the power of speech.
The Short, Short, Story
Lena Roy
Northern Metro Regional Mgr. & Head Instructor
Writopia Lab
(grades 4-8 & 7-12, session limit: 20)
Discover the power of imagination – how it will take you and others on journeys, how it could hold you captive, or set you free. More importantly, discover how expansive imaginings can be, even if confined within narrow boundaries. You will be tasked to write a story. You will be given a first line and a last line, and will be guided to construct a compelling narrative in between. Amaze yourself and your friends with your characters, plots, resolutions and unexpected twists. Experience tells us that there are no limits to what you can come up with. Join in on a journey of exploration.
The Art of Coding
Ben Bakker
Electronics Teacher for the Theater & Electronics Cluster
The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy
(grades 4-8, session limit: tba)
Envision yourself a coder by visualizing the swirls and twirls of a Scribbler Bot. New to programming? No problem when you quickly get into the swing of things as you and your team will use Python, a very high-level programming language, and apply “sequencing”, “ looping” and “variable declaring” to get your Scribbler to sketch geometric shapes, letters, patterns, and scribbles. It’s art … it’s coding … it’s intoxicating. Explore the rudiments of programming, then contribute to an all-class art-fest.