August 2008
Educational Options Newsletter
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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.

Sign up for The Davidson Institute newsletters. The 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.

The Davidson Academy of Nevada has 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 required). The 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 gifted.

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

Video games

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 November, and 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 17-24. This particular event is sponsored by Rio Grande 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 these.

In Minnesota:

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, click here.

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 7.

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.

Losing Our Minds
Dr. Ruf's book, Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind, is available through Great PotentialPress or Amazon.

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