An Exciting Schedule of Educational Speakers and Workshops!
Throughout the year Mandell will be hosting a variety of parenting classes and curriculum workshops.
  • All events are free of charge for Mandell families​ with their Mandell ID.
  • $10 per person for general admission. Registration is required.

Questions about our upcoming events?

 Please contact ​Shawna Kelleher at

Past Events

“Talent" Redefined 
An Evening with David Shenk
Author, The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics,
Talent, and IQ

For more than a century, we have misunderstood the relationship between genetics and talent. Now we have the science to understand it better. David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ, will explain how genes interact with the environment, and how we develop the traits that circumstances demand. Talent is not a thing but a process. Rather than see humans as divided into the “gifted" and the ordinary, we now can understand the extraordinary plasticity built into all of us.
Tuesday, January 19 2016 at 6:30 p.m
Mandell's K-8 School: 795 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025
David Shenk is the award-winning and national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us ("deeply interesting and important" - New York Times), The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a popular lecturer, a short-film director/producer, and a contributor to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Harper's, Spy, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The American Scholar, The Huffington Post, NPR, BBC and PBS.

"Parenting Your Preschooler"
Speakers: Gabrielle Felman, MS. Ed, LMSW, and Sarah Piel, MS. Ed.
Children change often and quickly, and as a parent, it is difficult to keep up. Just when you have
gotten the hang of caring for your infant, they are suddenly toddlers, and before you know it, they are in Pre K. Join us for an informative evening of conversation with presenters Sarah Piel and Gabrielle Felman from
Bank Street College of Education.
Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Mandell’s K-8 School: 7​95 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025

Gabrielle Felman, MS. Ed, LMSW, earned her BS/BA in Journalism and Psychology from Boston University. She received a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education (2007) and is certified and licensed in both Early Childhood General and Special Education. She earned a MSW in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University, completing her clinical residency at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, focusing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, High Risk OB/GYN, Pediatric Mental Health and the Sibling Program. Gabrielle is currently working as a SEIT and Special Instructor in NYC with children birth-5 years old. She has been working with young children both in the classroom and in the community for eight years. Gabrielle is a guest lecturer at both Bank Street College of Education & Columbia University presenting on various topics regarding early childhood development. Before her social work residency, she was a lead special education teacher at the Bank Street Family Center.
Sarah Piel, MS.Ed, received her Masters of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education, earning her certifications in Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention and in Early Childhood General and Special Education. Sarah currently works as a Special Education Teacher for the Bank Street Infant Toddler and Parent Playgroups and works as a SEIT for the Bank Street Home and Community Based Services Program. For nearly a decade, she has worked in various capacities at the Bank Street Family Center with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children, led a 2s class at a private preschool on the Upper West Side, run social groups for young toddlers and their caregivers, assisted with preschool admissions, and interned at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, working with mother/toddler dyad therapy groups. Sarah has been a member of the Family Advisory Council at the Mt. Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital since 2011 and is one of five founders of New York Early Childhood Professionals, an online professional resource network. Before completing her degree at Bank Street, Sarah worked for a decade in book publishing as a literary agent and development editor. She earned a BA from Hamilton College in 1992.


"Factors Affecting Outcomes in Education"
The presentation will incorporate themes from Dana Goldstein's articles: "Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework," "Why the World Is Smarter Than Us,” and "Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher."  
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Mandell School 795 Columbus Avenue
Dana Goldstein is a journalist and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession (Doubleday). She is a staff writer at The Marshall Project, and a contributor to Slate, The Atlantic, and other magazines. Dana writes about education, social science, inequality, criminal justice, women’s issues, cities, and public health.

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