Policy Statements


Privacy Statement

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) respects each individual’s right to personal privacy. We will collect and use information through our website only in the ways disclosed in this statement. This statement applies solely to information collected at MCGT’s website.

Part I. Information Collection

MCGT collects information through our website at several points. We collect names and email addresses from primary visitors, and may collect addresses and phone numbers. MCGT does not actively market to children, and we never knowingly ask a child under 13 to divulge personal information.

We collect this information through our membership form, and the information is collected voluntarily.

We do not employ cookies. A cookie is a small text file that our web server places on a user’s computer hard drive to be a unique identifier. Cookies enable MCGT to track usage patterns and deliver customized content to users.

Part II. Information Usage.

The information collected by MCGT will be used for sending updates about the organization to members and supporters. Users who provide information may receive regular email newsletters. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications.

The information we collect will not be used to create customer profiles based on browsing or purchasing history. We will not supplement information collected at our website with data from other sources.

We occasionally offer links to other websites. Please note, when you click on links to other websites, we encourage you to read their privacy policies because their standards may differ from ours.

Part III. Access to Information

MCGT maintains the accuracy of our information by tracking email bounce-backs. Users may delete their information from our database by clicking on a link on the e-mail newsletter.

Part IV. Problem Resolution

If problems arise, users may contact MCGT by email at

[email protected]

We are committed to resolving disputes within ninety days.

Part V. Data Storage and Security

MCGT protects user information with the following security measures: secure servers, firewalls, SSL encryption and other technology and procedures used to protect consumer privacy.

Social Media Policy

MCGT Social Media Communities include the MCGT public Facebook page, Members Only Facebook page, and Twitter account.

Our goal is to provide an online community where people with varying views, theories, and concerns about giftedness can express themselves, share information, and interact with one another. The viewpoints, opinions and actions expressed in comments are those of the individuals themselves, and may not reflect MCGT policies or positions.  MCGT recommends consulting with qualified professionals as a resource when making decisions about your family.

Please review the following online platform guidelines regarding your responsibilities and MCGT’s role.

Be Respectful. Please keep your posts civil and non-accusatory. It’s okay to disagree with others but personal attacks and/or insults will result in an initial warning and then your removal from the media platform if attacks continue.

Keep Your Comments on Topic.  We welcome discussion about giftedness and its impact on individuals and families, as well as information, services and connection around giftedness. MCGT may edit or remove inappropriate or off-topic comments at any time.

Protect Your Privacy. Discussing the private information of others, such as ex-spouses, students, or friends is prohibited. Do not give out personal information such as a child’s name,  telephone numbers or street addresses as doing so may make you susceptible to spam and unauthorized communication.

Posting Privileges: Platinum level MCGT sponsors have access for monthly posting of offerings on online platforms in accordance with sponsorship rules. Gold and Silver MCGT sponsors have access for quarterly posting of offerings on online platforms in accordance with sponsorship rules. All other businesses or organizations will not be allowed to directly post on MCGT platforms. If a member posts information about an event or resource that you wish to share outside an MCGT media platform, please ask the original poster first for their permission.

Links to other resources. MCGT is not responsible for the content of any linked resource, any link contained in a linked resource, or any changes or updates to such resources. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by MCGT of that resource. In addition, please be aware that MCGT is not responsible for the privacy practices of other organizations. MCGT encourages you to read the privacy statements of every entity that requests personal information from you. 

The Bottom Line. MCGT is not the author of all the content on MCGT social media platforms but the MCGT board will endeavor to keep the platforms  supportive and focused on MCGT’s mission. Users who persist in violating community guidelines may be barred from posting to the platforms.

Who to Contact with Questions. Any questions regarding the MCGT social media forums can be emailed directly to [email protected]

updated 5/11/2020

MCGT’s Public Policy Statement

The mission of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) is to promote better understanding of, and educational services for, gifted and talented children and their families. We believe that taking stands on appropriate public policy matters, and promoting those positions, are important ways in which we serve our constituents and our community. MCGT pledges to use its voice strategically and thoughtfully. To accomplish its goals, MCGT will:

  • Cooperate and collaborate with appropriate organizations and agencies;
  • Endorse only initiatives, actions or campaigns that relate to its mission;
  • Work in various venues toward accomplishment of MCGT’s broader mission to maintain and strengthen support for gifted kids, recognizing that legislation is only one strategy;
  • Promote the long-term value of a broad-based approach to its advocacy.

Speaking Authority of Members

Any member may express their opinion in their personal capacity. Speaking on behalf of MCGT requires a specific grant of authority from the MCGT board (as required by MCGT’s bylaws, Article VIII, section 2).

Grievance Policy

  • If there is a concern, the MCGT member(s) should discuss their concern with their chapter leaders.
  • If the MCGT member(s) feel that they cannot come to a resolution, they should notify the MCGT State Board in writing.
  • The State board will discuss the concerns with the chapter leaders and ask them to provide a response in writing.
  • Both the chapter leaders and the member(s) may attend a state board meeting to explain the concerns.
  • The board will notify all parties of their recommendations.
  • It is our hope that issues/concerns will be resolved at the chapter level and not with the state board.

Legal Information

Nondiscrimination Policy

Membership in MCGT is open to all who are concerned about nurturing the potential of gifted and talented Minnesotans. Our organization welcomes people from all backgrounds, and our services and resources are available to all members, regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MCGT does not discriminate in any of its programs on the basis of these categories or any other category prohibited by law.

Copyright Notice

The contents of this site are copyright 2007 by the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented, all rights reserved. No copyright claimed in United States government works. Please contact the MCGT office for information about requesting authorization to reprint materials on this site.

Disclaimer

This site does not provide professional legal or psychological advice. If you have concerns about individual circumstances in your family, please contact a competent professional.

Bylaws

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