Upcoming events

    • August 14, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Tony Schmidt Regional Park 3500 Lake Johanna Blvd, Arden Hills, MN 55112

    MCGT Picnic

    August 14, 2022, 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Tony Schmidt Regional Park Shelter
    3500 Lake Johanna Blvd, Arden Hills, MN 55112

    Join MCGT for our annual summer picnic at Tony Schmidt Regional Park Shelter! MCGT Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us, this event is open to all. It's a great opportunity to talk to and connect with other families!

    Event is FREE - RSVP's are requested so that we know how much food and other supplies to provide.

    MCGT will provide hamburger, hotdogs, and a veggie option. We will have some family activities (see schedule below). 

    Have a highschooler in your family? We could use some help running activities (anyone want to run the cotton candy machine?). MCGT will provide a volunteer service hours certificate for those who volunteer their time. Email for more information and to sign up.

    Families should bring:

    • A side dish to share 
    • Reusable plates and silverware for your family, so that we are as environmentally friendly as possible (MCGT will have limited disposable supplies)
    • Beverages for your family
    • Lawn chairs and/or blankets - there is a lot of grassy area around the shelter
    • Optional: A favorite game to play with new friends


    • 11:30am -12:00pm Family Tae Kwon Do
    • 12:00pm - 12:30pm We are looking for a volunteer to run Family Yoga!
    • 12:30pm - Lunch begins, Cotton Candy (dye-free)
    • 12:30pm - 2pm Amazing Scott Balloon Artist, Collage Art, Games & Fun

    Please share this event with other families that are interested in learning more about MCGT. The annual picnic is a great way to make new friends among the Minnesota community of families of gifted children. There will be an opportunity to join MCGT at the picnic.  

    If you have any questions, please contact

    • August 19, 2022

    Video Access for

    Easing Transitions: Classroom to Classroom, School to School

    with Deb Douglas, M.S.

    Did you miss this event in April? MCGT members can register now (It's FREE!) and have access to the video recording until August 19, 2022.

    Link to videos will be in your confirmation email. Please allow us up to 24 hours to activate your access. Direct any questions to

    How can we best support our children as they move from grade to grade, from elementary to middle to high school? What tools and strategies will help them create their own best route to graduation and beyond? Join Deb Douglas to learn the four essential steps to self-advocacy that will allow our children to understand themselves as gifted learners, recognize their rights and responsibilities, and find advocates that will ease the transitions at every stage of their education. There will be time for community conversation after the hour presentation.

    Deb Douglas coordinated gifted education for over 20 years in Manitowoc (WI), is past president of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, and served on the NAGC Parent Advisory Board. As the founder and director of GT Carpe Diem Educational Consulting, she facilitates self-advocacy workshops for gifted learners, provides professional development for educators, and speaks at state, national, and international conferences. Her books, The Power of Self-Advocacy: Teaching the Four Essential Steps to Success (2018), and Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Learners: Voices from the Field (2021) are available from Free Spirit Publishing.

    Questions? Email

    • September 30, 2022

    Video Access for:
    Supporting Gifted Children During Stress

    with Teresa Argo Boatman, Ph.D

    Did you miss this speaker event? MCGT members can register now for $10 and have access to the video recording September 30, 2022.

    Link to video will be in your confirmation email. Please allow us up to 24 hours to activate your access. Direct any questions to

    Gifted children and their parents have been experiencing the rise of stress and anxiety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Expand your knowledge of anxiety and gifted children, strategies to help, and how to continue to support yourself and others during this stressful time.

    Presenter: Dr. Teresa Argo Boatman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in Plymouth, MN.  She specializes in assessments, educational choices, and emotional health for gifted and talented children and their families.  Dr. Boatman is the current president of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented.

    Questions? Contact MCGT at

Past events

April 19, 2022 Easing Transitions: Classroom to Classroom, School to School
March 06, 2022 Video Recording Access for MCGT 2021 Annual Conference: Raising Critical Thinkers - and Curious Adults
March 05, 2022 Supporting Gifted Children during Stress
February 26, 2022 Steely Core, Warm Hug: Helping Gifted and Talented Youth with Their Problems (or How to Parent While Considering Therapy)
February 12, 2022 Understand and Support Your 2e Kid
November 06, 2021 MCGT 2021 Annual Virtual Conference: Raising Critical Thinkers - and Curious Adults
October 27, 2021 MDE Gifted Education Coordinator & Specialist VIRTUAL Series 2021-2022
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
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