Have you ever looked at someone’s achievements and thought, “Wow, they’re so creative.” But that’s not everyone, right? Wrong! The question is never are we creative, but HOW! Nurturing creativity in our children today is more important than ever because creativity is one of our healthiest, happiest states of mind.

The key to nurturing creativity in every child is to recognize and understand the four different “creative learning mindsets.” These lead to different but equally valid and valuable achievements.

For example, in your homes and classrooms there are:

(1) future Tiger Woods, the adept, action-oriented performer.

(2) future Martha Stewarts, whose innovations are useful, service-oriented, reliable, precise.

(3) future Steve Jobs, the ingenious systems designer, or

(4) future Oprah Winfreys, whose innovations are original, ethical, inspirational.

Learn these four approaches to creative achievement and strategies for nurturing their creative thinking skills in your home or classroom.

Gifted kids can be intense in so many ways — from their constant need to learn to their emotional intensity, and more — and that intensity can sometimes take a toll on the bond between gifted children and their parents. In this talk, Dr. Sarah Wayland will describe some strategies their parents (and their teachers!) can use to connect with their children to bring down the emotional temperature, while building a sense of trust and mutual respect.

This webinar is FREE for all who are current 2021-2022 members!

Nonmember fee is $25 which includes a new membership.

Dr. Sarah Wayland has been deeply involved with disability organizations as both a professional and a parent. She is a Certified Relational Development Intervention (RDI) consultant, parent coach, special needs care navigator, and internationally acclaimed speaker. She has helped organize numerous conferences designed to help parents and professionals learn more about ways to help their children. She co-moderates an international listserv for parents of twice exceptional children (children who are both gifted and learning disabled), GT-Special and is a member of the GT/LD Network.

Join us for our first eMpower Hour especially for gifted and talented students and their families. This hour features the celebration of the MCGATE Student Essay Contest winners, participants and guests.

Gifted students, you will be empowered to know…

  • What are my unique talents and abilities?

  • How do I speak up for my learning needs? (self-advocacy)

  • What can I do to get and stay organized for learning?

Don’t miss this opportunity to meetup with other gifted kids/families from across the state. Educators are welcome! Door Prizes!

This event is free, but each person must register by April 26, 2021. (Recommended Grades 5 – 12)

YOU set the agenda for our March Open Space eMpower Hour. When you register, submit the topics/questions concerning gifted children that are on your mind right now. You’ll enjoy and benefit from discussing these with other engaged educators and family advocates from across Maryland.

The Members Meetup is a time to hear from MCGATE leadership “upfront and personal” about what they do, and how you may be able to join MCGATE’s NEXT GENERATION voices for gifted children in Maryland. We need you at the table! (And we have great door prizes, too.)

This event is free for members, but registration is required. We look forward to hearing the topics and questions concerning gifted children that are on your mind right now. YOU set the agenda for this Open Space Meeting!

Join a panel of our own MCGATE experts as we discuss the five “stars” of effective advocacy efforts: home, school, system, state, and nation. Together we can speak up, speak out, and speak for gifted children to ensure that all reach their full potential. Topics include:

Home: Teach children self-advocacy strategies they can use to support their own success.

School: Learn to ask the questions that get answers and lead to action.

System: All GT education is local, board of education, that is. Educate them about this special group.

State: Regulations and funding affect each child in each school. Get to know who is making these decisions and how to ensure they are the right ones for gifted children.

Nation: MCGATE is an affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Their national advocacy agenda affects Maryland’s gifted children. Learn how you can support it.

This workshop is FREE, but advance registration is required.

Before you register, prepare to fill in on the application the numbers of your Maryland State Legislative and US Congressional districts.

Don’t know? No problem! These are easily obtained using this link to the Maryland General Assembly website. Select the Look Up option and fill in your address to find your district numbers and representatives. (While you’re there, get to know your representatives if you don’t already!)

Not from Maryland? That’s OK. Find your own state’s representatives!

Everyone who fills in their district numbers is entered into our advocacy door prize drawings!

About Our Presenter

Dr. Mary Slade is a professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education in the College of Education at Towson University where her teaching focuses on early childhood and gifted, talented, and creative education. Recently, Dr. Slade returned to a pre-k-5 school to teach as a gifted education specialist for one year with a focus on literacy and math education. She has worked 35 years in public education.

Mary has published widely including more than 100 articles, book chapters, and reports in addition to three books. Mary has held several leadership positions on state and national boards of directors in the field of gifted education and received the Early Leader Award from the National Association for Gifted Children.

The eMpower Hour

HELP! If I'm So Gifted, Why Can't I Get Organized?

Wednesday, February 4, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 pm EST

Although most gifted learners are high-achievers and often work at an advanced rate of learning, many do not possess satisfactory study or organizational skills. The vulnerabilities that arise for these learners can lead to various problems that we’ll discuss in this webinar. Strategies for enhancing organization and study skills for gifted learners at any age will be shared, along with specific activities that can be used by educators and parents to teach gifted students “how to learn.”

$25, includes free MCGATE membership

FREE for current MCGATE Members

Lunch and Learn

Say No to Boredom: Creative Online Solutions to Supporting Gifted Kids During the Pandemic

Thursday December 3, 2020 12:00 -12:45 PM EST

Every parent dreads the following two words: I’m bored! This is especially tricky during the pandemic where options can be limiting, accessible, and safe. You want to support your gifted learner with creative and engaging ideas. This session will provide online tools, strategies, and resources for STEM enrichment that will kick any feelings of boredom to the curb.

Dr. Kimberly McCormick is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati and teaches in the department of Early Childhood Education and Human Development in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. She is a former elementary classroom teacher where she taught in a self-contained gifted and talented classroom. Her background is in gifted and talented education, STEM, and research and evaluation practices.

40th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday October 3, 2020

1:00-2:30 PM EST via Zoom

The Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education (MCGATE) was founded in 1980 with the same mission it has today: To ensure that the needs of all children having gifts and talents are met. Then, as now, advocacy for gifted children was at a crossroads of challenge and opportunity. Come and learn how YOU, the power of one (or a few), can positively impact gifted education this year, and perhaps for the next forty.

Click here for more details!

MCGATE Twitter Events for National Parenting Gifted Children Week (NPGCW) July 12-18, 2020

Please use hashtags #MCGATE, #NPGCW, and tag @MCGATE_GT for a chance to win a one-year new or renewal annual membership to MCGATE. Be sure to follow @MCGATE_GT so we can message you if you are randomly selected as a winner.

Monday-Friday, tweet an image or link to your child's art, music, poem, or other artifact that highlight's their talents. Don't forget to include these hashtags: #MCGATE #NPGCW

Thursday-Saturday tweet a favorite book, article, quote, or other resource for families with gifted children. Don't forget to include these hashtags: #MCGATE #NPGCW

If you are not on Twitter, you can also enter the contest by submitting your entry via email during the week to Email submissions may be shared via the @MCGATE_GT twitter account. Please let us know if you do NOT want your entry posted online.

May 2, 2020

FREE webinar 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Advocacy 101 - Moving Gifted Education Forward in the Era of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act

Free family session on advocacy with William Knudsen, Director, Government and Affiliate Relations of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Parents, educators, and the public had high hopes for ESSA’s impact on gifted education. The law, while an improvement, requires local leadership and focused advocacy to activate its potential. This session is geared toward learning more about the basics of NAGC’s policy work, general tips on how to become successful advocates, and being part NAGC’s advocacy work.

William Knudsen serves as the Director of Government and Affiliate Relations for the National Association for Gifted Children. He works at both the Federal and local levels with NAGC’s advocacy partners to break the impediments obstructing services for our gifted and talented students.

Read Mr. Knudson's bio here

Student Essay Contest winners will be recognized at this free event.

Lunch and Learn webinar, 4/7/2020

Featuring Stuart Omdal, PhD

Tuesday April 7, 2020 from 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM EST

FREE Webinar

Twice Exceptional Learners: One Group Under the Umbrella of Underachievement

Workshop Description

A number of factors can contribute to the underachievement of gifted, talented, and/or creative learners. Twice exceptional (2e) learners display behaviors and attributes of giftedness as well as a disability such as a perceptual learning disability. The problems associated with this designation sometimes prevent the student from displaying neither gifts/talents nor disability. We will discuss the recognition of 2e learners and ways teachers and parents can address their particular educational needs.

Presenter Biography:

Dr. Omdal serves as treasurer of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

March 5, 2020 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Family and Educator Workshop

Twice-Exceptional 102: Exploring the Social-Emotional Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students

Workshop to be held in Montgomery County- at North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817

Guest Speaker: Mrs. Sarah F. Jackson, Instructional Specialist, Twice Exceptional Programs Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, Montgomery County Public Schools

Workshop Description

As one of the few public-school systems in the country to offer a continuum of services for twice-exceptional students, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) works hard to ensure our offerings meet the diverse and developing needs of our students. In this session we will provide a “birds-eye view” of the social emotional profile of twice-exceptional learners by discussing how the needs of gifted learners intersect with the needs of students with learning differences or disabilities. Participants will hear a short case study of the GT/LD elementary program’s Social Emotional Learning Curriculum and how the explicit lessons have impacted students in the program. We will end by sharing identified next steps in the MCPS social emotional learning program, including new areas of instruction and plans for our secondary programs.


Lunch-and-Learn Webinar

february 26, 2020 12:00 Pm - 1:00 pM

Email us for a copy of the handouts at

workshop Dec. 9, 2019 6:00 PM

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute 1400 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21209

MCGATE will hold a one hour workshop focused on common issues faced by gifted and high achieving adolescents and pre-teens. Learn how to help your child handle stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and when to seek professional help. Network with other families to grow your support network. Raising a gifted child is not easy! FREE for MCGATE members, $25 for non-members includes a one-year individual membership.

Webinar Description

Approximately 10,000 Maryland families homeschool their children each year. Reasons for opting out of public education vary from safety concerns to religious to a child needing more rigor from a curriculum. Deciding to homeschool - especially when you child has unique learning needs and you already have an eye on college - can feel overwhelming. Join us for Lunch and Learn about the legal, the practical, and the social-emotional sides of homeschooling your gifted child in Maryland - and what you need to know if you’re considering homeschooling as a temporary option to achieve a grade skip.



Our sister organization, Maryland Educators of Gifted Students, is hosting its annual conference at Reservoir High in Fullerton on October 18. Register here by 10/4.

Please join MCGATE members and officers immediately following the conference for appetizers and happy hour at Hudson Coastal around 3:30 PM (11811 W Market Pl, Fulton, MD 20759.) RSVP here or just show up and look for the MCGATE table sign/s.

Increasing the Representation of Black Boys in Gifted Education: Strategies for Educators and Parents

Speaker: Ramon B. Goings, Ed.D. BIO @RamonGoings

Loyola University Maryland

October 3, 2019, 12-12:45 PM

Webinar Description

Nationally and in the State of Maryland Black boys remain underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. Why does this under-representation exist and how can this trend be reversed? This presentation presents the research and tangible strategies that can be used by educators and parents on increasing the representation of Black boys in gifted classrooms.

Parenting Gifted Children to Support Optimal Development

Speaker: Stephen T. Schroth, PhD

Webinar Description:

A gifted child’s development varies from that of his or her age peers. Teachers, physicians, counselors, and administrators are often unfamiliar with gifted development. Moreover, most books on parenting do not include sections on gifted children. How can a parent of a gifted learner support their child’s optimal development? This webinar will highlight optimal parenting styles to address the unique challenges of raising gifted and creative children. An overview of gifted characteristics and gifted child development will be shared along with research-based strategies for effective parenting and matching of appropriate program options.

Thanks for joining us. Here is a copy of the presentation.


Dr. Stephen Schroth talks about parenting gifted children.