Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

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MDE Workshop, March 9, 2020 – Meeting the Needs of the 2e Learner: A Strength-based Perspective


Description: The potential for giftedness in students with specific learning disabilities often goes unrecognized by well-meaning educators who focus on their challenges without recognizing the strengths that these students may possess. In this session, we will discuss the research around twice exceptionality and the importance of shifting the paradigm from a deficit perspective to one that is focused on nurturing the intellectual abilities of these gifted students. Participants will have the chance to “live a day in the life” of the twice-exceptional student, and discuss ways in which their strengths may be used to mitigate the challenges that they face. 

Presenter: Dr. C. Matthew Fugate  

C. Matthew Fugate Assistant Chair of Urban Education at the University of Houston-Downtown. His research interests include twice-exceptional students and students from underserved populations. Matthew has presented to audiences nationally and internationally on topics including twice exceptionality, Total School Cluster Grouping, affective development, and creativity.

Intended Audience: Gifted education coordinators and specialists, administrators, classroom teachers, special educators, and school counselors.

Building/Organization: Minnesota Department of Education

Room: Conference Center B, Room 15

Street Address: 1500 Hwy 36 W

City, state, zip: Roseville, MN 55113

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Date: March 9, 2020

Time(s): 9:00 am – 2:30 pm (registration at 8:30 AM) PRINT VERSION OF REGISTRATION FORM


A request for a reasonable accommodation must be submitted in writing and received a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. 

Fee: $100.00 (includes beverage break and lunch)

A $10 invoicing fee applies to all invoices, invoice 30 days after workshop.

Registration Deadline: March 4, 2020, (5 p.m) 

Cancellation Deadline: March 4, 2020, (5 p.m)

Contact for Registration Questions[email protected], Ph. (952) 848-4906

Contact for 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 and mail to:

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented, 5701 Normandale Road, Suite 315, Edina, MN 55424

In the event of inclement weather please check major news outlets. If either the Minneapolis or St. Paul school districts have issued a weather related cancelation the workshop will be rescheduled.