News from the Davidson Institute
The Davidson Institute recently launched a
new URL, www.
DavidsonGifted.org. With a
revamped website, it is now easier for
Internet users not only to find the website,
but also easier to navigate the site itself.
(Please note that the URLs for The Davidson Academy, GT-
CyberSource, and Genius
Denied have not changed.
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August 2008 eNews Update features a
recent report from the Thomas B. Fordham
Institute highlighting that the needs of
America's brightest students are not being
met, as well as a list of how some states
are legislating more support for gifted.
Academy of Nevada
scheduled fall tours for September 19, 2
p.m. to 4 p.m.; October 17, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
and November 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (RSVPs
tours will showcase their new home at the
center of the University of Nevada, Reno
campus. Located in the renovated Jot Travis
Building, the Academy's new facility is
approximately 30,000 square feet and
wireless, including a number of classrooms
with smart classroom technology.
In our last newsletter, I mentioned that Dr.
Ruf was retiring from her volunteer position
as National Gifted Children Program
Coordinator with American Mensa. Last
month, at its Annual Gathering in Denver,
Mensa bestowed upon Dr. Ruf their National
Service Award in honor of her many years of
service to their organization.
Dr. Ruf and her husband are now looking
forward to touring some of this country's
national parks. Upon her return, she expects
to have more time for writing, public
speaking and working with families of the
Educational Options is a referral-based
business, and we want to let everyone know
how much we appreciate their support when
they refer their family, friends and colleagues
to us. Thanks so much!
Sincerely, Kathy Hara, Editor
Want to know what the most popular video
games are, and which ones are safe for your
children to play? What
They Play is a parents'
guide for video games. This is a searchable
website as to game types, recommended
ages and ratings, and it also has blogs and
articles. You can submit questions, and you
can sign up for their newsletter. A nice
resource - especially for parents who don't
play games, but whose kids do!
More about games
The Chicago Toy
and Game Group sponsors a toy fair in
the public is welcome. Part of the activities
includes Games 24x7, which is a weeklong
around the clock gaming experience free and
open to the public on the enclosed terraces
of Navy Pier in Chicago. This runs November
This particular event is sponsored by Rio
Games and includes the latest releases from
the Essen Game Fair in Germany.
Also of interest from ChiTag are a number of
newsletters - Games in Education, Retailer
Support, Game Club and Games in
Libraries. You may subscribe to any or all of
1:/ Many excellent classes are being offered
to students throughout the greater
metropolitan area by the Edina Center for
Academic Excellence. The non-profit ECAE
strives to offer academic options and
support to high potential students at a level
that is not found in the schools. Classes
include writing tutorials, competitive math,
competitive physics, Chinese language and
more. Fall registration began August 15 and
runs through September 6. For complete Fall
Course Descriptions and Registration forms,
2:/ A young client of whom we are very
proud, 16-year-old Shante' Zenith, has been
spreading her wings in theater. An intern until
recently at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, she will
be directing a play that she wrote titled
The Oversight. Her play is a political
piece about the Valerie Plame/CIA leak
case, totally taken from transcripts and
interviews. The Oversight, at The Old
Arizona Theater, 2821 Nicollet
Avenue, Minneapolis, will open Sunday,
August 31, and continue through September
3:/ Since we get inquiries regarding tutors,
we would like to pass on the information that
another client of ours, Steve Smela, has
opened up business as a tutor. His expertise
is in math and statistics, but he is
comfortable tutoring a variety of
subjects. Please visit
his web page.
We are most nearly ourselves when we
achieve the seriousness of the child at play.