free webinar

Please register by 11/15/19. This webinar is FREE for everyone.

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.

Presenter Biography

Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. homeschooled her children from kindergarten into college using a child-led learning approach. Her professional work focuses on holistic student evaluations and developing personalized learning plans for special student populations. She works with private families, as well as part of defense teams in family and criminal court cases that involve an educational component. Alessa speaks regionally and nationally on a variety of topics, including radical acceleration. She’s a contributing author in the upcoming book, Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids: Expert Advice from the National Association for Gifted Children. Alessa serves as a board member for the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap and volunteers her time leading the Maryland Homeschool Association, a grassroots advocacy group for families who educate their children at home. Alessa holds a master’s in education and a Certificate in Gifted Education from Johns Hopkins University; a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from the William and Mary Law School; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lehigh University.

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.

About Dr. Muratori

Dr. Muratori holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa and continues to advocate for and work with highly gifted students and their families through the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University as a senior counselor and researcher. In addition, she teaches master’s level courses as a faculty associate in the Counseling and Human Services Department at Johns Hopkins University.

Register by 12/1

coming soon! february 2020

Parent webinar on acceleration with Dr. Lori Croft, clinical professor at the University of Iowa College of Education Belin-Blank Center

FREE for MCGATE members, $25 for non-members includes a one-year individual membership.


Registration coming soon!

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

family and EDUCATOR workshop on the social and emotional DEVELOPMENT of 2e learners

Workshop to be held in Montgomery County- at North Bethesda Middle School

Guest Speaker: Mrs. Sarah F. Jackson, 2e Instructional Specialist, MCPS Division of Accelerated and Enrichment Instruction

Registration coming soon!

Call for Proposals

Leadership & advocacy symposium- may 2, 2020

Deadline: January 31, 2020

MCGATE will hold a symposium on May 2, 2020 at the Mt. Washington Conference Center in Baltimore to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jonathan Plucker. We are seeking proposals for 25 and 50-minute break-out sessions that focus on policy, advocacy, and leadership of gifted and talented education in Maryland. Target audiences are administrators, district GT Coordinators, GT parent advisory councils, state leaders in gifted education, community leaders, and gifted and talented education advocates. We are looking for research-based sessions and practical guidance on COMAR, policies and procedures, equity and excellence, and advocacy tips.

Click on link to submit proposal by January 31, 2020. Presenters will be notified by February 29, 2020 and will receive a complimentary registration.

Do you want to volunteer to help with the symposium or our September 2020 anniversary celebration? Click here to volunteer.

past events

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.