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Seventh Annual MCGT Gifted Education Resource Fair and Gifted 101 Workshop

The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and the MCGT Homeschool Chapter will host a joint event, the seventh annual MCGT Gifted Education Resource Fair and the first ever Gifted 101 Workshop. It will be held Saturday, March 19th 2011 at the Edina Community Center, 5701 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55424, Rooms 350 & 351.
9:00am to 1:00pm – Resource Fair
9:00-10:00am – Session #1 – What is Gifted?
1:00-2:00pm – Session #2 – Education and the Gifted Child

Both sessions will be presented by Dr. Deborah Ruf, a local psychologist who specializes in gifted children. Dr. Ruf is also a parent of gifted children as well as a former classroom teacher and school administrator. The sessions will be geared to parents who are new to the world of gifted. Those that attend the sessions will have plenty of time to explore the Resource Fair in between sessions.

The Resource Fair lets you see and learn more about educational materials and resources for gifted learners from toddlers to adults. Vendors and parents of gifted children will be on hand to discuss the resources with you. Parents, educators, and children are welcome to explore the following:

  • Curricula and other materials which can be used with gifted children for homeschooling, supplemental after-schooling, or as replacement curricula for school-based independent study. These will be available for sale.
  • Fun toys and gifts for children and adults of all ages.
  • Information about distance learning programs for gifted students.
  • Information about local and national organizations for families of gifted children.
  • Books on giftedness and gifted education will be available for purchase at the MCGT book table.

The MCGT Gifted Education Resource Fair began in 2005 as a way for parents of gifted children to share their knowledge with other families and to spread the word to parents and teachers about the best programs and materials for gifted children. Please plan on attending this annual event and feel free to invite your friends.

Admission for the Resource Fair only will be $5 per family for MCGT members and $10 per family for non-members. Admission for the two sessions along with the Resource Fair will be $10 per family for MCGT members and $15 per family for non-members. Admission will be payable at the door with an opportunity to join MCGT to receive the discounted admission price. If so desired, a lunch from Jimmy John’s may be ordered and paid for at the registration table on the day of the event. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch and drink.

If you wish to attend the Gifted 101 workshop and in order to ensure that sufficient materials are available, please preregister at using the form below. Those planning to attend only the Resource Fair do not need to preregister. Questions can be directed to the MCGT office at (952)848-4906 or [email protected]

Help us spread the word by downloading and distributing this flyer:


MCGT CHAT Nights (Connect, Help, Advocate, Talk)

CHAT Nights are dedicated to informally connecting parents of gifted children, helping them find other parents in similar situations with an ear to listen, experiences to share, and solutions to offer. Each CHAT Night starts with a brief (10-15 minutes) presentation by a facilitator on a designated topic of interest followed by small group discussion. The format of CHAT Nights is intended to be casual, rather than structured. CHAT Nights are free and open to the public. Information on upcoming CHAT Nights, including topics, locations, and availability of child care, can be found in the list of events on the google calendar above at this link and also in MCGT’s Outlook newsletter.

MCGT Seminars Coming Up

Both of these seminars, sponsored by the MN Council for the Gifted and Talented, will be held in Room 350 in the Edina Community Center, 5701 Normandale Rd., Edina MN. The Community Center is a three-story brick building (former high school), located on the east service road for Highway 100, about half a mile south of 50th Street. The format for each seminar will be a presentation by the speaker, followed by questions/answers and discussion. Please let us know that you are coming so we have enough handouts; send an email to [email protected] by the Thursday before the seminar. A fee of $5 will be charged, to be paid at the door.

Seminar on Differentiation

Saturday, March 12, 9:30-noon
Speaker: Steve Schroeder-Davis, Ph.D., serves as a Curriculum & GT Specialist for the Elk River Schools, consults with the Minnesota Department of Education and is a faculty member at Saint Mary’s University, where he coordinates the Gifted Certification Program. He is a recipient of both the state and regional WEM awards for supporting academic achievement, is a two-time faculty-of-the-year award winner for Saint Mary’s, and has been named a Friend of the Gifted by both MCGT and MEGT.

What is differentiation? Why is it a good gifted/talented education teaching tool? How can I find out if the school or my child’s classroom teacher is differentiating? How would I know? How can I support both my child and his/her teacher? What are the options if the teacher can’t or won’t meet my child’s needs? What can parents do?

Individual Educational Planning Workshop

April 2 and April 30, 2011 – A Two Part Series
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
April 2 in Edina Community Center room 350
April 30 in Edina Community Center room 351
Facilitator: Kathy Geary
Parents want to be effective advocates for their gifted child. Being your child’s advocate is not easy and requires significant effort. The work, however, is worth it. In this free MCGT sponsored two-part series you will develop an educational advocacy plan for your GT child.

The first session will focus on the basic steps of the advocacy process, the information necessary to identify your child’s academic needs and priority goals and appropriate educational options. Between sessions you will use this information to identify and document your child’s individual academic needs and priority goals. The second session will include time to discuss the priority goals developed by parents and to work out any necessary adaptations. We will also examine effective strategies for collaborating with the school, identify successful communication techniques and clarify approaches to minimizing obstacles to successful educational planning.

This two series format, complete with “homework” between sessions is based upon the recommendation from parents who previously attended this workshop. The final goal is for you to begin the 2011 school year with a concrete advocacy plan. To attend this MCGT offering, please register on the MCGT website ( or call the MCGT office at 952-848-4906 to let us know you’re coming so we can plan to have enough materials for everyone.