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.

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october 21 webinar

Join us as Dr. Joy Lawson Davis discusses equity in gifted education. Free for MCGATE members, $25 for nonmembers includes a one year membership. 5:00 PM EST.

board of directors meeting

July 21, 2020 and September 19,2020, Zoom

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.

quarterly business meeting & volunteer appreciation

April 23, 2020 meeting has been moved online. Contact us at for a link.

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

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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.