Upcoming events

    • October 27, 2021
    • January 12, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Online via Zoom


    MDE Gifted Education Coordinator & Specialist VIRTUAL Series 2021-2022

    A collaboration of the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented and the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted

    October 27, 2021, December 8, 2021, and January 12, 2022

    12:00 - 2:30pm

    *Sign-in begins 15 minutes prior to each event

    Fee for the 3-day series: $50 (a link to join the workshop will be sent prior to each meeting). Registration is required. 

    This training is intended for gifted education coordinators, specialists, and those with responsibility for planning school services for gifted students.

    October 27: Guest Speaker: Dr. Teresa Argo Boatman, Supporting Gifted Children During Stress

    December 8: Guest Speaker: Dr. Erinn Fears Floyd, Planning for Equitable Gifted and Talented Services

    January 12: Guest Speaker: Dr. Joy Lawson Davis, Collaborating with Families and Communities to Promote Talent Development 

    You are signing up for a three-day virtual workshop.

    Cost for the Series: $50.00

    $10 invoicing fee applies to all invoices, invoice 30 days after first workshop.

    Request for special accommodations must be submitted in writing and received a minimum of 14 business days prior to the start of the workshop. Please note, we are unable to provide copies of the presentation prior to the presentation.

    Online Registration opens on September 7, 2021

    Registration Deadline: Friday, October 22, 2021 (5pm) 

    Cancellation Deadline: Friday, October 22, 2021 (5pm)

    Fillable, Printable PDF Registration Form

    Contact - Registration Questions: Jennifer Farner, MCGT, 952.848.4906,

    Contact - Program Questions: Wendy Behrens, 651.582.8786,

    If you are paying by check or purchase order, please make your check payable to MCGT (Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented) and mail to:

    Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented

    5701 Normandale Road, Suite 162

    Edina, MN 55424

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

    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.

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

    CEUs will be available, please contact us at 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

    Questions? Email

    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.

Past events

September 18, 2021 Helping Talent Bloom: How to Recognize and Nourish the 5 Developmental Stages of Talent
August 22, 2021 MCGT Summer Gathering
April 29, 2021 Sharing Our Experiences: A Conversation on Supporting 2e Learners During Challenging Times with Professor Karen Rogers
April 17, 2021 Addressing Excellence Gaps in Minnesota: Promoting Advanced Achievement in the 21st Century with Dr. Jonathan Plucker
October 26, 2020 Gifted Education Coordinator & Specialist VIRTUAL Series
October 24, 2020 2020 Virtual Annual Conference: Intensity, Social Emotional Health, and Gifted Children
September 12, 2020 MCGT 2020 Sept 12 Virtual Mini-Conference: What Now? Supporting your Gifted Child's Education during COVID-19
March 09, 2020 Meeting the Needs of the 2e Learner: A Strength-based Perspective
January 22, 2020 iFly with MCGT CHOICES
January 21, 2020 MindCraft: Crafting Gifted Minds, Hearts and Bodies Through Play
January 13, 2020 Making the Most of Universal Screening & Acceleration in a Continuum of Services Workshop: January 13, 2020
January 08, 2020 SkyZone with MCGT CHOICES
November 02, 2019 2019 MCGT Annual Conference
November 02, 2019 Vendor/Exhibitor Registration 2019 MCGT Annual Conference
November 02, 2019 Call for Presenters 2019 MCGT Annual Conference - Adult Presentations
October 29, 2019 MindCraft: Crafting Gifted Minds, Hearts and Bodies Through Play
October 23, 2019 2019 Gifted Education Coordinator and Specialist Two Day Workshop: October 23 & December 11, 2019
October 22, 2019 Bundle Offer: MDE 2019 Workshops (Gifted Coordinators and Project North Star), Oct 22 & 23, Dec 11
October 22, 2019 Project North Star Training Module Workshop
September 07, 2019 2019 Sept Mini-Conference: GT & 2e Students, Schools, & Advanced Learning
August 17, 2019 2019 Annual Picnic
August 08, 2019 Target Field - Learning Through Baseball and Stadium Tour: Homeschool Chapter Take Me Out to the Stadium Summer Field Trip Series
July 31, 2019 The MCGT Minnetonka Chapter's Amazing Race!
July 24, 2019 Xcel Energy Center: Homeschool Chapter Take Me Out to the Stadium Summer Field Trip Series
July 01, 2019 Call for Children's Program Teachers 2019 MCGT Annual Conference
June 22, 2019 MCGT Minnetonka Chapter Kids Coding Party
June 21, 2019 Allianz Field: Homeschool Chapter Take Me Out to the Stadium Summer Field Trip Series
May 30, 2019 “Summer With Your Gifted Child: Encouraging Parents to Make It the Most It Can Be” presented by Julie Light, Ed.D. hosted by MCGT's Minnetonka Chapter
May 22, 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium - Sustainability Tour: Homeschool Chapter Take Me Out to the Stadium Summer Field Trip Series
May 22, 2019 Special Offer Bundle - includes all four field trips: Homeschool Chapter Take Me Out to the Stadium Summer Field Trip Series
May 04, 2019 May the Coding Fourth Be With You sponsored by MCGT's Minnetonka Chapter
April 27, 2019 2019 April Mini-Conference: Sensory Experience & Supports for GT and 2e Students
March 15, 2019 Winter Wanderings with the MCGT Homeschool Chapter: March - SkyZone
February 26, 2019 Professional Training Workshop with Andrew Mahoney
February 25, 2019 Motivation and Achievement with Andrew Mahoney
February 21, 2019 Winter Wanderings with the MCGT Homeschool Chapter: February - Leonardo's Basement
February 02, 2019 2019 MCGT Mini-Conference: Putting the Fun back in Gifted Parenting
January 23, 2019 Winter Wanderings with the MCGT Homeschool Chapter: January - iFly
October 25, 2018 2018 Gifted Education Coordinator and Specialist Two Day Workshop: October 25 & December 6, 2018
October 15, 2018 Aligning Values, Evidence, and Communication to Create Effective Gifted Education Workshop
September 08, 2018 2018 MCGT Annual Mini-Conference
August 05, 2018 2018 Annual Picnic
May 08, 2018 Helping Your Child Manage Rigorous Course Work: Tips for Parents Presented by Dr. Richard M. Cash
April 21, 2018 MCGT Annual Mini-Conference
March 26, 2018 Envisioning All Students with High Ability to Reach Their Potential: The Scholar Identity Model in Action Workshop
January 16, 2018 Dual Language Immersion Symposium: Engaging and Supporting ALL Learners: January 16, 2018
November 04, 2017 2017 MCGT Annual Conference
October 18, 2017 2017 Gifted Education Coordinator and Specialist Two Day Workshop: October 18 & December 18, 2017
July 16, 2017 2017 Annual Picnic
June 01, 2017 Call for Presenters Annual Conference - Adult and Child (Online)
March 18, 2017 Gifted 101 Mini-Conference 2017
November 12, 2016 2016 MCGT Annual Conference
April 09, 2016 Gifted 101 Mini-Conference 2016
November 07, 2015 2015 MCGT Annual Conference
May 30, 2015 2015 Minnesota NUMATS Awards Celebration RSVP
April 18, 2015 Gifted 101 Mini-Conference
February 16, 2015 Creative Workshop Day!
November 08, 2014 2014 MCGT Annual Conference
May 31, 2014 2014 Minnesota NUMATS Awards Celebration RSVP
March 29, 2014 Vendor Registration for Resource Fair 2014
November 16, 2013 2013 MCGT Annual Conference
July 21, 2013 Annual Picnic RSVP 2013
June 01, 2013 2013 Minnesota NUMATS Awards Celebration RSVP
April 06, 2013 Advocacy Workshop 2013
March 02, 2013 Vendor Registration for Resource Fair 2013
February 18, 2013 Mummies, Mysteries and More!
November 10, 2012 2012 MCGT Annual Conference
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