Lunch-and-Learn Webinar

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

Acceleration: An Effective Option

Expert Speaker: Dr. Laurie Croft

University of Iowa School of Education

Webinar Description

Acceleration is “one of the cornerstones of exemplary gifted education practices, with more research supporting this intervention than any other in the literature on gifted individuals.” (NAGC Position Statement on Acceleration). Why are we afraid of “acceleration”? What have we learned that can overcome myths and misunderstandings? Acceleration is more than grade-skipping; acceleration includes at least 20 different forms/types that provide options that serve student needs. In this webinar, Dr. Laurie Croft, parent of a radical accelerant, talks about what the research has taught us about acceleration, as well as facilitating acceleration for one of her daughters

Presenter Biography

Laurie Croft, PhD, is the Associate Director for Professional Development at the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center in Gifted Education and Talent Development, a part of the College of Education at the University of Iowa. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Tulsa, emphasizing gifted programming. Research interests include the conceptual foundations of gifted education and professional development for teachers of the gifted. Croft has made presentations at various state, national, and international conferences, and to parent groups, teachers, and school boards. Dr. Croft was recognized as the 2019 Distinguished Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children.

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

This event will also be live streamed and recorded for those who wish to attend virtually.

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.

Presenter Biography

Sarah Jackson is an Instructional Specialist in the Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction for Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. In this role she supports MCPS’s discrete GT/LD special education programs and provides professional learning and consultative support to 504 and IEP teams around the county. Prior to her work in the MCPS central office, Sarah was a classroom teacher in a GT/LD program and in the Bridge Services Program. Sarah has an unending passion for ensuring twice exceptional students have access to all the opportunities that MCPS can offer its students. Sarah holds a Master of Special Education degree and a graduate certificate in Gifted and Talented Education from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies from Hollins University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy and Political Science from Roanoke College

quarterly business meeting & volunteer appreciation

April 23, 2020 from 2:00 -3:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Johns Hopkins University Columbia Center 6740 Alexander Bell Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

May 2, 2020

FREE Family EVent from 1:00 - 2:00 PM

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

Event to be held at the Johns Hopkins University Columbia Center, 6740 Alexander Bell Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

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

Leadership symposium and ANNIVERSARY reception

October 3, 2020 at the Mt. Washington Conference Center

past events

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.

megs conference

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.

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Dr. Stephen Schroth talks about parenting gifted children.

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Guest Speaker Kathy Nilles, NAGC Parent Specialist

dr. kimberly mccormick

Dr. McCormick presented a FREE webinar on June 4th

Live Streaming Students’ Engagement: Utilizing Technology and Formative Assessment to Support Gifted and Talented Student Learning

See below for a copy of her presentation.

dr. jeanne paynter

Dr. Paynter presented a FREE workshop for members on May 11 titled "How to Develop Individual Talents in a One-Size-Fits-All World"

Dr. Jeanne L. Paynter is the Founder of Educating Innovators and former state specialist for gifted and talented education in Maryland.

Educating innovators

Visit Dr. Paynter's website and blog here.