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MCGT 2021 Annual Virtual Conference: Raising Critical Thinkers - and Curious Adults

  • November 06, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • via Zoom


  • Includes access to video recording for four months after the event.

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MCGT 2021 Virtual Annual Conference ~

Raising Critical Thinkers - and Curious Adults

Keynote Speaker: Colin Seale, 

founder and CEO of thinkLaw

Saturday, November 6, 2021

9am - 12:30pm, Online via Zoom

*Registration Required

$20 MCGT Members (includes access to video recordings for four months)

$40 Non-Members (Become a Member)

Keynote Speaker, Colin Seale

The Question is the Answer: Unleashing Critical Thinking Through At-Home Discussions 

We know the ability to ask and answer good questions is a crucial real-world skill. We also know that people do not apply their critical thinking skills without critical thinking dispositions. Critical thinking dispositions are the habits and mindsets that trigger the use of critical thinking skills across different contexts. Inquisitiveness, truth-seeing, and self-confidence can be developed using great discussion questions. After this workshop parents and caregivers will walk away with a better understanding of the power of questions, multiple quick question frames to use with their children, and tips for how to harness the power of follow-up questions.   

Why is Milk in the Back of the Supermarket: Practical Strategies to Support Critical Thinking at Home

Parents and caregivers are uniquely qualified to teach their children essential critical thinking skills, mindsets, and habits children need for 21st century success. But too often, families undervalue the tremendous critical thinking assets they bring to the table in managing a household and performing basic "adulting." This session equips parents and caregivers with concrete tools they can use on a regular basis to support their child's critical thinking development and understand the limitations of the phrase “full potential” when it comes to their children.   

Defeating I Don't Care Syndrome: Using Critical Thinking as a Tool to Motivate 

There are few things more frustrating than children who have unlimited potential, but struggle with underachievement and a lack of motivation. This session helps parents and caregivers win the motivation battle by understanding intrinsic motivation and exploring ways of preventing and defeating "I Don't Care" Syndrome. Participants will leave with a concrete plan for helping children fulfill their true promise.

Conference Schedule:

9am-10am  Session 1: The Question is the Answer, with Colin Seale

10am - 10:15am MCGT Annual Meeting

10:15am - 11:15am Session 2: Why is Milk in the Back of the Supermarket, with Colin Seale

11:15am - 11:30am MCGT News & FAQ

11:30am - 12:30pm Session 3: Defeating I Don't Care Syndrome, with Colin Seale

Colin Seale was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where struggles in his upbringing gave birth to his passion for educational equity. Tracked early into gifted and talented programs, Colin was afforded opportunities his neighborhood peers were not. Using lessons from his experience as a math teacher, later an attorney and now a keynote speaker, contributor to Forbes, The 74, and Education Post and author of Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students (Prufrock Press, 2020), Colin founded thinkLaw, a multi-award-winning organization to help educators leverage inquiry-based instructional strategies to close the critical thinking gap and ensure they teach and REACH all students, regardless of race, zip code or what side of the poverty line they are born into. When he’s not serving as the world’s most fervent critical thinking advocate, Colin proudly serves as the world’s greatest entertainer to his two young children. https://www.thinklaw.us/

All those interested in supporting gifted students – parents, educators, other caregivers and professionals welcome!

CEUs will be available, please contact us at info@mcgt.net for more information.

Financial assistance is available from the Betty Johnson Scholarship Fund: Families with gifted and talented children should not be restricted in their participation in MCGT activities because of limited funds. Therefore, the MCGT Board will accept requests for financial assistance which would enable families to attend events sponsored by MCGT, such as the annual conference or mini-conferences. MCGT also accepts requests for financial assistance for MCGT membership fees. 

If you would like to submit a request for financial assistance from the Betty Johnson Scholarship Fund for a MCGT membership or event, please contact the MCGT office at info@mcgt.net.

Questions? Email info@mcgt.net

The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) is a state-wide non-profit support and advocacy organization of parents, educators, and other professionals who live or work with gifted children and are interested in their education and well-being.

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