Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

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2020-2021 Gifted Education Coordinator & Specialist VIRTUAL Series

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

October 26, 2020, December 14, 2020, and January 12, 2021, 12:30-2:30pm

Fee for the 3-day series: $50 (a link to join the workshop will be sent prior to each meeting). This training is intended for gifted education coordinators and specialists. More Information and Registration

October 26: Optimizing Online and Blended Learning for Gifted Students

Presented by Dr. Diane Heacox, Professor Emerita at St. Catherine University in St. Paul

As schools have transitioned into online or blended learning, there is a stronger need for significant differentiation to occur. Given the wide variations offered to students online, it is expected that the range of learners in a classroom has increased. In response, teachers must empower gifted students by integrating more choice, voice and control to encourage independence. Leave this session with solid ideas and strategies for addressing the unique needs of the gifted in online or blended learning formats

December 14: Integrating Affective Needs into the ELA Curriculum for Gifted Learners 

Presented by Dr. Tamra Stambaugh, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

How do you find time to proactively develop students’ awareness of their affective needs while simultaneously teaching content standards?  Learn and practice applying a scaffolding framework for building critical thinking skills, promoting inquiry-based discussions of texts, and supporting standards-based learning while also engaging students in conversations about achievement patterns, identity, feelings, goal setting, and facing adversity.

January 12: Creating Spaces for Change: Integrating Equity & Culturally Responsive Practices to Promote Student Success

Presented by Dr. Javetta J. Roberson, Coordinator of Secondary Advanced Academics & Gifted and Talented McKinney ISD in McKinney, Texas

Being culturally competent and responsive will help educators and leaders to see gifts and talents in diverse student populations, particularly students who are poorly represented in gifted education and advanced level courses. During this workshop, leaders will be provided with resources and strategies for advanced level students to improve student success for racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse gifted students. 

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 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 10, 2020

Registration Deadline: October 19, 2020 (5pm)

Cancellation Deadline: October 19, 2020 (5pm)

Contact – Registration Questions: Jennifer Farner, MCGT, 952.848.4906, [email protected]

Contact – Program Questions: Wendy Behrens, 651.582.8786, [email protected]

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 315

Edina, MN 55424