Mark Your Calendars: Fall 2019 Events!

Minneapolis – PAALs Chapter Meeting
Monday, September 23

6 – 8 pm
Lake Nokomis Community School – Keewaydin Campus, auditorium
5209 30th Ave S, Mpls 55417

Join us for our first MCGT Minneapolis – PAALs Chapter Event of the year: Be Reasonable! How to Ask for the Possible From Your Child’s Teacher – with gifted expert and past MCGT President Carol Malueg. 

Also mark your calendar for our other fall events: 

Minneapolis – PAALs Chapter Park Meetup
Sunday, September 29

1 – 3pm
Theodore Wirth Park
1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Golden Valley, MN 55422 – meet at playground 

Join other Minneapolis GT/advanced learner parents and kids for an informal afternoon of playing, socializing and networking! We’ll bring some board games for any older kiddos who aren’t feeling the playground anymore.

Minneapolis – PAALs Chapter Social Hour
Thursday, October 24

7 – 9pm
Wild Mind Artisan Ales 
6031 Pillsbury Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 

Come be social with us! This is an informal, adults-only night out to meet other parents of gifted/advanced learners in Minneapolis. MCGT Minneapolis – PAALs board members will be on hand to answer any pressing questions you may have.


It’s cold outside, but the search for quality summer programs begins now!

Karl Bunday, MCGT State Board Member At Large, will share his knowledge of various summer programs. After the overview and Q & A with Karl, the discussion will open up to other topics, giving participants an opportunity to connect and talk about their family’s experience or to ask questions.

CHAT stands for Connect, Help, Advocate, and Talk. Chat nights are dedicated to informally connecting parents of advanced learners and gifted students. Parents have the opportunity to learn of various opportunities and to share experiences and resources.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:00-8:00 PM (Chapter Meeting 6-6:30)

Lake Nokomis Community School – Keewaydin
5209 30th Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55417

Open to the public. All are welcome!

For questions contact: [email protected]

#NAGC18 Scholarships Available

MCGT Minneapolis – PAALs is offering scholarships to attend #NAGC18 Family Day on Saturday, November 17.

We will provide 4 family scholarships, and 4 educator scholarships (educators can also attend any of the 150 sessions on Saturday.)

This is a national convention packed with fantastic speakers and resources – we are lucky to have it here in Minneapolis this year and hope everyone will consider taking advantage.

Email [email protected] if you’d like a scholarship – please share widely!

November 12 – 1st Chapter Meeting!

MCGT Minneapolis – PAALs chapter meeting and presentation by Wendi Schirvar – “Bringing the F-U….N Back Into Parenting”

Join us for our first chapter meeting of the school year! MCGT Minneapolis – PAALs will provide updates and announcements, and then Wendi Schirvar will present “Bringing the F-U….N Back into Parenting,” focusing on parenting strategies to improve bonding and compliance while decreasing conflicts. You’ll also get a chance to hear from Christina Ramsey, MPS Talent Development Program Facilitator for K-8.

You’ll also get a chance to hear from Christina Ramsey, MPS Talent Development Program Facilitator for K-8.

This event is free and open to both MCGT members and non-members. Please share widely!

Wendi M Schirvar, Ph.D. works with children, adolescents and families with a variety of issues including asynchronous development, non-compliant and resistant behaviors, executive functioning and social skills deficits, emotional and behavior dysregulation, and learning problems.

With a background in Child Development, Attachment Research, Parent Education and Educational Psychology, she brings an eclectic blend of theory and practice to her work assisting individuals and families with specific behaviors as well as parenting issues (strengthening families and redirecting difficult behaviors), testing concerns, school advocacy, educational planning and family goal setting. She has a particular specialty with developmentally advanced students and their families and is the Minnesota Liaison to the national organization SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Students).

Her philosophy is grounded in the premise that all families have strengths, apparent or yet to be discovered, and her “work” is to empower, coach and support families to realize and maximize their strengths together. She is impassioned to bring this to fruition through a soon-to-be-published book to support parents and providers on teaching emotional awareness and regulation.

Meeting is held on November 12, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the auditorium at:
Lake Nokomis Community School – Keewaydin
5209 30th Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55417

PAALs – Minneapolis is now MCGT – Minneapolis!

A welcome letter from our new co-presidents:

Hello families of Minneapolis Advanced Learners,

Welcome to a new school year! We are pleased to officially introduce Minneapolis MCGT PAALs (Parents Advocating for Advanced Learners). We are a parent group from various Minneapolis Public Schools, and have recently become a chapter of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented.

Our mission is to engage and support families of advanced learners in Minneapolis, and to advocate and collaborate with MPS to ensure the needs of all advanced learners are consistently being met.

As a chapter of MCGT, we provide opportunities to network and share resources, to work with the schools, to hear speakers on various gifted and talented issues, and to generate and promote enrichment activities for gifted children.  

PAALs started in 2017 as a small group of parents concerned with the lack of programming for advanced learners in MPS.  We quickly discovered that, for many families, it means tough choices about where to send their children to school. We want to help make MPS the best option for Minneapolis families. A district-wide, fully functioning K-12 AL program is critical to meeting that goal.  

Over the past year, PAALs reached out to MPS leadership and engaged in several productive meetings and conversations with MPS leadership. MPS is taking steps to address the gap in AL programming, and PAALs will continue to work with the district to ensure the needs of advanced learners are being met in all schools.  

Minneapolis MCGT PAALs will host events throughout the upcoming school year, such as speaker events, meetings, and networking opportunities. Stay tuned for the announcement of our first speaker event!

In November, Minneapolis is hosting the NAGC Annual Convention (National Association for Gifted Children).  Visit for more information and to register. This is an enormous opportunity for Minneapolis families of gifted children to connect with experts and families from all over the state and country to discuss and learn about topics relevant to gifted children.

Finally, please consider joining MCGT, and the Minneapolis PAALs Chapter – it is a wonderful resource for families! Visit to sign up. Family membership is $35 annually, and a portion of your membership fees go directly to support chapter programming.

Here’s to a great year!

Minneapolis MCGT PAALs

Jess Khan & Tyra Zuchowski, Chapter Presidents

Email: [email protected]