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2019 MCGT Annual Conference

  • November 02, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Robbinsdale Middle School - 3730 Toledo Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Registration Code Required

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Theme: “On Behalf of Gifted Kids...”

Host and co-sponsor: Robbinsdale Area Schools   

Where: Robbinsdale Middle School, 3730 Toledo Ave N, Robbinsdale MAP

**Online Registration Closes Oct. 31**

Adult Walk-ins are welcome, but lunch is not included. Children's Program does not accept walk-in registrations.

Conference Fees: 

Members: $65 per person, $25 for second adult in the same family

$40 for each child in kindergarten through seventh grade who parent(s) or guardian is attending the Conference

Non-Members: $85 per person (join now and pay the member rate)

$40 for each child in kindergarten through seventh grade whose parent(s) or guardian is attending the Conference.


Early bird registration for MCGT members: MCGT members may register online beginning Sept 1, before registration opens to the public. Get your first choice in children's program classes by registering as an early bird!  Not an MCGT member? Join online at mcgt.net and you can get the early bird registration. 

Registration opens to everyone on Sept 16, 2019.

Children's Program Descriptions

Adult Session Descriptions

Adult Sessions at a Glance

Keynote Speaker – Alonzo Kelly 

The Impact of Organizational Culture on Identity 

In regards to matters of identity, human beings are no different than any other living species on the planet. Each of us thrive in environments where both our Base and our Place are recognized and respected. Unlike other living species however, as critical thinking beings with the unique ability to 'argue', we are able to intentionally create organizational cultures that foster authentic relationships, enhance our performance, and realize our potential.

Breakout sessions with Alonzo will include The Intersection of Lived Experience, Learned Experience, Formal Education, and Emotional Intelligence and Misdiagnosed in the Workplace: Helping Our Kids Survive in the World.

A dynamic Executive Coach, Professor, 3x Best Selling Author, and Radio Host, Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention as a premier consultant and strategist. Alonzo is recognized as one the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinking, planning, and acting which results in individual and organizational goal achievement. He has appeared on America’s Premier Experts which airs on major networks across the country including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. Alonzo has served over 1,000 individuals through personal and professional development, delivered training to a plethora of Fortune 500 Companies, College and Universities, Institutions of Higher Learning, Foreign Countries, nonprofit organizations, and is consistently retained to be the keynote speaker at large and small events across the country.

He holds a bachelor’s in Accounting, three master’s degrees (Public Administration, Human Resource & Labor Relations, Business Administration), and is nearing completion of a PhD in Multidisciplinary Human Services.  He is also currently in the process of obtaining his Doctorate in Business Administration. Find more at www.alonzokelly.com

The Day’s Schedule:

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in and pick up program

9:00 - 12:00 Children’s morning session

9:00 - 10:30 Welcome, MCGT Friend of the Gifted Award,

                   Keynote Address - Alonzo Kelly

10:45 - 11:45 Adult Breakout Session I

11:45 - 1:00 Lunch for adults and students

12:15 - 1:20 Lunchtime and Table Talk Sessions

1:00 - 4:00 Children’s afternoon session

1:00 - 1:20 MCGT Annual Meeting

1:30 - 2:30 Adult Breakout Session II

2:45 - 3:45 Adult Breakout Session IV 

4:10 - 4:30 Book Swap Session for Students & Adults

9:00 - 2:40 Silent Auction

All day Vendors & Information

Children’s Program: Open only to children of registered adults who attend the conference. Kids in kindergarten through 7th grade must pre-register. They will choose a morning and an afternoon class led by experienced teachers. There are no facilities for children younger than kindergarten. Older kids may register to attend adult sessions or sign up to be volunteers in various areas of the conference (including assisting teachers in one of the kids’ classes or helping set up and clean up). Contact Shari at crowriver@mcgt.net for more information on volunteer opportunities at the conference.

Lunch: All will eat together in the school's cafeteria. Please mark lunch choices on the conference registration form. Please note any allergies/dietary restrictions on the registration form.

Book Swap for Students and Adults: Bring your used, good condition, children's and adolescent books to swap for something your kids haven't read (no textbooks or preschool books please). And adults, you can bring a book and participate too! It's easy to do. After you check in at the registration table on the morning of the conference, go to the Book Swap table in the exhibitor hall and exchange the books you brought for coupons which will allow you to select an equal number of different books. (If you like garage sales or the used book sales that libraries conduct, you may find suitable books to purchase to bring for the MCGT Conference Book Swap). Return to the Book Swap table at the end of the day to redeem your coupons for books your fellow conference attendees turned in that morning.

Exhibitors and Vendors: The exhibit hall will be open all day. There will be tables with information and catalogs from a number of organizations.

Table Talks & Lunchtime Sessions: From 12:15 - 1:20, Multiple presenters will be available in the exhibit hall for table talks and interactive sessions appropriate for both adults and their children. This is an opportunity to dialogue with experts in areas of interest.

Driving Directions: Robbinsdale Middle School (3730 Toledo Ave N, Robbinsdale) is just off MN-100 – south of 694 and north of 394. Take MN-100 to N 36th Ave. Take the 36th Ave exit from MN-100. Turn east onto N 36th Ave. Turn left onto Regent Ave N. Turn left toward Toledo Ave N. Turn right onto Toledo Ave N.  CLICK FOR MAP

Photo Release

By attending the 2019 MCGT Annual Conference, attendees agree to allow their names, likenesses and images either in audio, photographic or video format, recorded onsite during the conference to be used by MCGT for educational, promotional, and archival purposes.

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