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Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in In the Metro

Sat 4/9 | MCGT Spring Mini-Conference

Sat 4/9 | MCGT Spring Mini-Conference

Three experts will present on topics of vital interest to those who know and care about gifted children at the upcoming MCGT Spring Mini-Conference. All those interested in the topic of giftedness welcome – educators, parents and other caregivers, and professionals!

When | April 9, 2016, 9am to 12pm
Where | Edina Community Center, 3rd floor ~ 5701 Normandale Road, Edina
Register | Online at, or onsite at the event; cash, check or charge accepted
Cost | Suggested donation: Members — $10 or 2 for $15; Non-members — $15 per person
Questions | Email or call (952) 848-4906

Mary Wandrei, Ph.D., psychologist, will present on Characteristics of Gifted Children. Learn about behaviors and characteristics that make parents and educators worry or wonder, and find out why they may be ‘normal’ in the gifted context. Includes a brief overview of when and why to get a child tested for ability or achievement.

Andrea Johnson, Ph.D., psychologist, will present Traveling the Road of Emotional Complexities of Gifted Kids. Learn how gifted traits can be a mirage for mental health issues and how to navigate the difference, understand the risks and benefits of gifted for mental health, plus how parents can avoid potholes and pave the road to resilience.

Loran Meccia, M.Ed., Ed.S., educational consultant and gifted child advocate, will speak on Advocacy in the School: Creating Collaborative Teams. Dr. Meccia offers tried and true advice on academic strategies, and finding the best educational placement for a child who does not fit a traditional classroom setting.

Conference Info

  • Morning refreshments will be provided.
  • A wide selection of books and resources will be available for perusal or purchase.
  • No childcare or youth activities are available at this mini-conference. This event is for parents, educators and other professionals. Watch for youth program information at our annual MCGT Conference in November.