Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

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CHOICES (formerly Homeschool) Quarterly Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, board meeting at 6pm, general meeting at 7pm

Edina Community Center, Room 170 (kitchen side), 5701 Normandale Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55424, USA

February: Summer Planning Discussion and Exploration High School – What structured and unstructured learning does your family crave in the summer? Sam Nielson and Nathan Strenge will visit to discuss Exploration High School.

The MGCT CHOICES Chapter has changed the rhythm of how we gather. One thing we’ve done is to separate out the monthly board meeting from the gathering of member families. All board meetings, whether virtual or in-person, will still be open to all current and potential members, but people won’t have to sit through the ‘sausage being made’ before the general meeting as administrative work is slogged through.

We will now have quarterly general meetings at the Edina Community Center (February, May, August, and November) with a board meeting followed by a general gathering. The chapter library will be open during the board meeting – with a veteran parent available to answer questions – for those who wish to arrive early to browse or chat. Then the general gathering will open with a brief chapter-wide meeting for announcements and any needed voting before moving on to the night’s topic.

The board will meet online the other eight months of the year. Meetings will be held the third Monday of the month, except February’s meeting will be the Tuesday after the third Monday due to federal holiday.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Third Monday of the month in August, November, and May. Tuesday following third Monday of the month in February due to Monday holiday.

6:00-7:00 –Room 170 (or other as assigned by Edina Community Center) MCGT CHOICES Chapter board meeting. Open to all chapter members, but will be focused on administrative business.

6:00-7:00 – Room 315 (MCGT Office) CHOICES Chapter and MCGT libraries open. Drop in anytime to browse library and visit with other parents.

7:00-7:15 – Room 170 (or other as assigned) CHOICES Chapter news and announcements Any items requiring voting by members will be presented. Open to members and guests. 

7:15-8:30 – Room 170 (or other as assigned) Parent discussion. Each quarter has a theme, and there will also be space for the conversation to flow organically around the unmet needs of the families present.

*August: Curriculum Discussion – What do we know about which curriculums do and don’t work for different families and learning styles?
*November: Gratitude Discussion – What resources (people, programs, and products) have helped your family along the way?
*February: Summer Planning Discussion – What structured and unstructured learning does your family crave in the summer?
*May: Planning Ahead Discussion – What are the choices, transitions, and longer-term goals coming up for your family?

8:30-9:00 – Room 170 (or other as assigned) and Room 315/Chapter library. Unstructured discussion time. Attendees are welcome to stay to continue discussions in smaller groups and catch up with friends.