Annual Conference: “On Behalf of Gifted Kids”

MCGT’s 2019 Conference will be on November 2, 2019

at Robbinsdale Middle School

Our 2019 Keynote Speaker will be Alonzo Kelly


2019 Call for Vendors/Exhibitors *Vendor table free for presenters

MCGT hosts an annual conference in November for parents, teachers, and professionals that work with gifted children. In the spring and summer, MCGT solicits proposals to teach in the children’s program, present an adult session, or participate in the vendor/exhibitor hall. Conference registration opens in early fall.

In recent years, MCGT’s conference has been co-hosted by Robbinsdale Public Schools. Robbinsdale Middle School provides lots of space for sessions, and a large, free parking lot.

Past conference attendees have said the MCGT Annual Conference is stimulating, informative, helpful, and a good opportunity for learning, networking, and making connections. They enjoy being able to talk about important educational and parenting issues with others who are knowledgeable and who care about and understandgifted kids. We expect this year‘s conference to live up to that reputation for parents, educators, counselors, psychologists, other professionals and anyone interested in gifted kids. Hope to see you there!

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. There are no facilities for children younger than kindergarten. The children’s program fills up quickly. Early registration is encouraged. 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). 

Lunch: Parents and children will eat together in the school’s cafeteria. Please mark lunch choices on the registration form. Please note any allergies/dietary restrictions on the registration form.

Book Swap for Students and Adults: Bring your used, good condition, children’s and adolescent books to swap for something your kids haven‘t read. And adults, you can bring a book and participate too! It‘s easy to do. After you check in at the registration table on the morning of the conference, go to the Book Swap table in the vendor hall and exchange the books you brought for coupons which will allow you to select an equal number of different books. (If you like garage sales or the used book sales that libraries conduct, you may find suitable books to purchase to bring for the MCGT Conference Book Swap.) Return to the Book Swap table at the end of the day and redeem the coupons for books your fellow conference attendees turned in that morning. We hope this service will bring kids and adults together over similar tastes in literature. Maybe you will even leave with satisfied readers – at least for a week or two!!!

MCGT’s Annual Meeting: The Annual Member’s meeting of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented is held during the annual conference. Plan on attending this short informational meeting to hear about what has been happening with MCGT in the past year plus plans for the upcoming year, and to elect and meet MCGT board members. The Annual Meeting is a prime opportunity to hear about the focus and strategy of MCGT, and a chance to question board members about their involvement and the decisions they make. It is also a time for you to share your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions about where MCGT should head in the future. It is your right and responsibility as a member to attend and be heard. If you are unable to attend but have concerns, questions or suggestions, please contact the MCGT office at [email protected] You do not have to attend the MCGT conference in order to attend the annual meeting.

MCGT’s conference includes Exhibitors, Vendors, and a Silent Auction

Volunteers Needed for the Conference: The continued success of MCGT’s Annual Conference depends on volunteers. Tasks include preparing attendee folders the day before the conference, setting up and taking down on conference day, putting up (and taking down directional signs), being a guide that day, working at the registration table or the MCGT book sales table, helping distribute lunches, taking photos of attendees, and supervising the Kids Book Swap. We also invite mature junior or senior high school students to help with the above tasks or assist teachers of kids‘ classes (morning, afternoon, or all-day). Look at the Kids‘ courses in the registration form and tell us where you might like to help. In return, we‘ll provide your lunch. These student volunteer activities count as community service, so we‘ll give you a certificate for your resume or school file. Let us know what you would like to do, and you won’t miss any of the conference activities. Contact the MCGT office at [email protected]

Financial assistance 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 members to attend events sponsored by MCGT, such as the annual conference. Call or email the MCGT office for more information, 952-848-4906 or [email protected].

Tentative Conference 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

12:15 – 1:20 Lunchtime and Table Talk Sessions

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 and adults

9:00 – 2:40 Silent Auction

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