Maine Educators of Gifted And Talented support teachers and parents in the State of Maine to respond to the needs of our gifted and talented youth. Our mission is to further the common good of gifted education by supporting the development of programs for gifted and talented youth in Maine and by disseminating news and information. We strive to foster the professional growth of educators in order to serve the needs of the gifted and talented and to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the area of giftedness.

New England Conference for Gifted Education and Talent Development 


MEGAT is hosting the New England Conference for Gifted Education and Talent Development in Portland, ME at the Holiday Inn by the Bay Hotel and Convention Center, October 26-27, 2017.

Featuring Keynote Speakers
Del Siegle, Ph.D., Angela Housand, Ph.D.
Ian Byrd and Terri Dawson, Technology Integrator

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Reservation Reminder:

Blocked room rates are available ($159 double, $169 king + tax). Please contact the Holiday Inn by the Bay directly to get this reduced conference rate and mention the MEGAT/NECGT Conference.

Attendees are responsible to make their own room reservation by calling the hotel directly (207-775-2311).  An overnight parking fee of $10.00 per vehicle will be charged to hotel guests for parking in the garage (under hotel).

All other daily parking guests may park in the multi-level garage BESIDE the hotel for $5.00 to be paid at gate machine.

Holiday Inn By the Bay
Hotel and Convention Center
88 Spring Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Direct Line: 207.775.2311
*Conference Room Rate contact Hotel and Convention Center directly.
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A Message from our President…

Dear MEGAT members,

MEGAT’s mission calls upon the board to “further the common good of gifted education, disseminate news and information, and foster the professional growth of educators.” We seek to meet this call in a number of ways.

Thanks to the support of outstanding educators around the state, MEGAT’s annual Unconferences have been a rousing success. Every spring, gifted educators from around the state gather at the end of the school year to share ideas and wisdom with one another in an unstructured conference. Participants help decide on the topics of discussion and “vote with their feet” for which ones will be held. The atmosphere is electric and the conversations are organic and engaging.

Regional meetings provide another opportunity to engage with like-minded educators and learn more about what is happening at the state and local level. If you are unsure of which regional meeting you should attend, please contact us and we’ll help you find a meeting near you.

State and Regional conferences are our broadest means of meeting the call of our mission. Our state conference in 2016 at the Black Bear Inn was a rousing success and I am excited that in 2017 MEGAT will be hosting the New England Conference for the Gifted and Talented (NECGT). This Conference is always significant as it draws participants from around New England and presenters from around the nation. Attendance at the Conference allows you the opportunity to meet with other great minds whose goal is to strengthen the state of gifted education.

“Setting Sail for the 21st Century: Chartering a Course for Gifted Learners” is the theme for this year’s NECGT. The presentations and speakers will focus on how, as our students look to their futures, are we preparing them for success in this ever-changing world. NECGT will include keynotes and highlighted sessions from a number of expert speakers and presenters, including Del Siegle, Ph.D.; Angela Housand, Ph.D.; and Ian Byrd.

Remember to be active and informed and to help others understand how important gifted and talented education is to our students and our collective future.

Most sincerely,

Melissa S. Mitchell, President
Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented State Board