PAALs Minneapolis (Parents Advocating for Advanced Learners) has become MCGT – Minneapolis!
Our mission is to engage and support families of advanced learners in Minneapolis, and to advocate and collaborate with Minneapolis Public Schools 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. The chapter welcomes families and supporters from all schools and homeschoolers, and the programs address all ages.
PAALs (Parents Advocating For Advanced Learners) started in 2017 as a small group of parents concerned with the lack of consistent 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 (SY 2017-18), 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.
MCGT-Minneapolis will host events throughout the upcoming school year, such as speaker events, meetings, and networking opportunities.
It’s easy to join. First become a member of MCGT and then designate Minneapolis as your local chapter. A portion of your MCGT membership fees will go directly to support the Minneapolis chapter programming. To join, go here.mcgt.net/membership.
Co-Presidents: Tyra Zuchowski and Jessica Khan
Treasurer: Nicole Kenning
Webmaster/Communication: Nicole Nafziger
School Board Representative/Liaison: Maggie George
Board Members: Lisa Herron-Olson, Kristin Farrell
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