Education is a basic right.
- More than half of all U.S. public school students are from low-income families.
- From Day 1 in school these children are more than a year behind their peers academically!
In NYC, and across the nation, we face a large disparity of income between families.
According to the NY Times Manhattan households in the top 5% income bracket earned 88 times that of households in the lowest 20% of earnings. Despite the city's wealth...
- Nearly half of New York City’s population is living near poverty levels.
- 14.4% of households in NYC were food insecure between 2012-14, meaning that at some point during the year, they experienced difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of money or resources.
The Gifted and Talented Conundrum
While free programming exists in NYC, and nationwide, to provide students quality academic programs, both at public and private schools, such programming is unevenly distributed.
Why is this?
An uneven distribution of educational resources.
Wealthier parents, often one of two races, can afford to pay for the expensive tutors and educational resources necessary to prepare their children for these exams. Naturally, these children then perform better than their peers.
To help combat this disparity, we are releasing a...
Donate What You Can Kickstarter Workbook!
Every Kickstarter backer, no matter what amount they give, is going to receive an E-copy of the Gifted and Talented NNAT Level A Workbook!!!
Chock full of beautiful illustrations by artist, Randy Becker, your child will move alongside a set of characters as they work through challenges of their own.
How can this book be used to prepare a child for the Gifted and Talented exams?
The NYC Department of Education Gifted and Talented (G&T) program uses the NNAT, in conjunction with a second test called the OLSAT, to determine whether students ought to be granted admission into selective classes and schools. This workbook can be used to give your child practice with the skills necessary to excel on this exam. Hopefully by increasing accessibility to this type of testing material, we can hope to see a more diverse group of students enter the G&T program.
How can this book be used worldwide?
This workbook can be used nationwide and worldwide to teach children ages 3-6 a number of logical reasoning and visual discrimination skills. Practicing with these problems can prepare children for other K-3 admissions exams, as they are used across many other IQ exams.
The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (or NNAT) uses visual puzzles:
To teach children reasoning skills.
The problems are fun, involve no reading, and can be used inclusively to teach and test bilingual or non-English speaking students!
Why a Kickstarter?
Believe it or not, we sent this workbook to the NYC Department of Education to distribute for free on its site. While they liked the idea, they have a strict policy against releasing third party resources on their site.
However, we found that we so enjoyed making this book, that we would like to use the funding from this Kickstarter to crowdsource the creation of an educational website that will host free and Donate What You Can educational resources.
Free, quality educational resources for all!
The groundwork has begun on creating this wonderful, open source, educational, sharing website:
It will be a place where we not only cull quality, free resources already in existence, but a place where other educators can contribute their resources to be shared!
Funding will also be used to create new workbooks!
We dream of a day when we have up on the site a series of workbooks:
- Stanford Binet
- ELA & Math
to help students prepare for all of these exams, at no cost. They will be connected to our ever expanding host of resources, allowing for all students to afford access to important test prep and educational materials.
So Don't Delay
Help us help you help everyone.
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All backers will receive an e-copy of the book on November 1, 2017.
We are all connected, and it is through your good works that we can help to make our future a brighter, fairer existence for our youth.
Donate to this Kickstarter and know that you are making a difference in the lives of countless individuals.
Risks and challenges
It's been hard having the guts to post this Kickstarter. I am always wondering if I'm doing enough or doing it right, but in creating this as a Donate What You Can Campaign, I at least know I am doing the right thing by making this resource accessible to everyone.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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