2016 MCGT Annual Conference

  • November 12, 2016
  • 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
Online Registration is now CLOSED
Adults may register on site the day of the conference.
(Children's Program is Closed to registrations.)

Theme: “On Behalf of Gifted Kids...”

Host and co-sponsor: Robbinsdale Area Schools

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

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

10:45 - 11:45 Adult Breakout Session I

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

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

All day Vendors & information

Conference Flyers for download:

Main Conference Flyer 

(includes Children's Program Descriptions)

Adult Program Descriptions

Adult Program Schedule

Exhibitor Information Letter

Exhibitor Registration Form


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 - course descriptions inside. 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 registration form.

Exhibitors and Vendors: Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search, Concordia Language Villages, Friedrichs Education, Mad2Glad, MCGT (books from a number of publishers), Mitch Maguire/Forward Progression Education, SENG, Tyler Institute, Usborne Books and more. (Some vendors may not be able to take credit card orders.)

Information and Catalogs: Algebra for Kids, Best Prep, Destination Imagination, Educational Impressions, Free Spirit Publishing, Great Potential Press, Intermediate District 287, Mensa, Mindware, Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation, Minnesota College Savings Plan, MCGT Homeschoolers Chapter, National Association for Gifted Children, Pieces of Learning, Prufrock Press, University of St. Thomas College of Education, Youth Enrichment League and more.


Cost: $55 for members, $70 for non-members (but pay the member rate if you join with your registration), $25 for second adult in the same family and $35 for each child in kindergarten through seventh grade whose parent(s) or guardian is attending the Conference. The fee includes lunch and snack. Credit cards may be used if registering online.

Incentive for early registration: If you register by Oct. 14 (postmark or timestamp) you are entitled to pick up on the day of the conference a coupon for $2.00 off a purchase made at the MCGT table.

Keynote Speaker – Lisa Van Gemert

The Five-Headed Dragon – Gifted individuals aren’t just regular people with higher intelligence. They have their own sets of “dragons” that present their own challenges. Gifted youth face many threats to their well-being, both cognitively and emotionally, that prevent them from achieving their dreams. We will face five of these threats head-on: Stereotype Threat, Imposter Syndrome, Bullying the Bright, Underachievement, and Perfectionism. These threats distort gifted youths’ views of themselves, create hesitancy where boldness is needed, turn victors into victims, deny gifts, and prevent academic risk-taking. Giving educators and parents the tools they need to ward off the Five-headed dragon will allow gifted learners to soar to new heights of personal and academic fulfillment.

Using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, humor, technology and sheer fun, Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in gifted education with audiences around the world. Lisa is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s "Child Genius," writer of award-winning lesson plans, and author of the children’s and teachers’ guides to the National Book Festival, as well numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com.

Photo Release

By attending the 2016 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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