Our New Website
Keeping Up With Dr. Ruf . . .
We are so pleased to announce that our new
website for Educational Options,
is now online.
After several years of thinking about how to
make changes to our web page, we finally
hired Darning Pixels to redesign it for us.
We like the fresh new look they have
accomplished. And we appreciate the fact that
they will train us to maintain the site
We want to thank our many clients who have
provided testimonials and photos. We greatly
appreciate your support.
We would also like to acknowledge and express
our gratitude to our previous webmaster,
Carolyn Kottmeyer of Hoagies Gifted. Thank
you for all the years of keeping our pages
We still have some updating of a few sections
of our website. Please feel free to weigh in
with any suggestions on how we could make our
pages better. We will be happy for your input!
MCGT Annual Conference - October 25, 2008, Minnesota Council for Gifted & Talented, O'Shaughnessy Education Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Speaking 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Topic: "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Doing Well in School? How Child Personality Type Affects School Adjustment." Book signing at noon.
NAGC Conference Tampa Convention Center, Florida. October 31 - October 31, 2008, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. "Getting Inside Kids' Heads: How to Design Lessons That Foster Positive Social Action;" November 1, 2008, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Panelist for Small Group Discussion, NAGC Parent Advisory Council; 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Parent Day Keynote: "How Parents Can Identify Their Child's Level of Giftedness Prior to Formal Testing."
Robbinsdale, MN, MCGT Chapter - November 11, 2008, Education Service Center, Board Room, 4148 Winnetka Avenue, New Hope, MN, 7:00 p.m. Topic: "Parenting Guidelines for You and Your Gifted Child." Contact: Randy Herman at email@example.com for more information.
Minneapolis MCGT Chapter Meeting - November 13, 2008, Guest Speaker, "Why So Many Bright Kids Under-Achieve by Middle School." Contact Tricia Bergh at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We at Educational Options first meet the
greater majority of our client families when
the children are in elementary school. But as
parents discover, the needs of their gifted
children change as they move into middle
school, high school, or college. Sometimes
the transition into the higher grades does
not go smoothly.
So this is a reminder that Dr. Ruf is
available to answer the questions of her
clients when a little professional help is
needed. Our habit is to schedule tests in the
mornings, so that leaves afternoons open for
15- to 30-minute telephone consultations, or
one-hour face-to-face meetings. Usually we
are able to put you on our calendar within
one or two weeks.
At the beginning of this past summer, I cut
back the number of hours I would be in the
office. Those hours worked so well that
we have decided that I will continue with that
schedule. So I will answer your phone calls
and emails on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday,
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
Sincerely, Kathy Hara, Editor
Pilot Project in Maine
At the Maine
School of Science and Mathematics on October
17, Dr. Ruf presented a full day of teacher
training workshops on IQ test interpretation,
levels and profiles of high intelligence, and
gender and personality differences in school
performance and needs. This project was first
conceived by principal Walt Warner as a pilot
project with MSSM using personality
assessment of faculty and student body. Dr.
Ruf and Mr. Warner hope to develop a
template or system for working with and
meeting the needs of a broad array of high
ability students, one that may alleviate the
common problems associated with
under-achievement and apparent lack of
motivation among some exceptionally capable
MSSM is located in Limestone, Maine, which is
about a three-hour drive north of Bangor. The
school provides a residential experience for
grades 10, 11 and 12, and provides their
students with a rigorous curriculum in
advanced science, mathematics, and humanities.
Meet Me at the Corner
is a new website
directed at American home schooled children.
Started in 2006 by children's book author
Donna W. Guthrie, the site provides virtual
educational and informational "tours" of
various landmarks in New York from a child's
point of view via video pod cast technology.
The current offering concerns the Blessing of
the Animals at the Cathedral Church of St.
John the Divine.
In the beginning, the video pod casts will
focus on the people, events and history of
New York City. Each program will highlight
the talent, diversity and accomplishments of
the people of New York through explorations
of New York City block by block. As the site
grows through children's submissions, they
hope to highlight the people and events of
other towns, cities and nations.
Does Florida in November sound tempting? This
Association for Gifted Children's Annual
in Tampa, Florida, from Thursday, October 30,
through Sunday, November 2. This year's theme
is "Growing Gifted in the Sunshine State" -
with the goal of educating teachers and
administrators and building gifted services
throughout the U.S. Over three days,
attendees will have the chance to pick up new
ideas and innovative approaches guaranteed to
positively affect high ability learners at
Saturday, November 1, is designated "Parents
Day," and Dr. Ruf will present "How Parents
Can Identify Their Child's Level of
Giftedness Prior to Formal Testing" as that
day's keynote address. NAGC will offer a full
day of activities for parents from 7:30 a.m.
to 7:30 p.m. including breakout sessions, a
mini-keynote with Dr. Barbara Kerr, a parent
advisory panel, a special session with Dr.
Ruf, exhibits, refreshments, and much more.
You can access more information about Parent
Day at the NAGC website.
1. College visits: If you want to keep up on
which colleges are visiting schools in the
area, log on to the Edina
Center for Academic Excellence website.
These announcements are updated on a regular
basis. ECAE was founded by community members
in the Twin Cities metropolitan area to meet
a need commonly experienced by bright
students in public and private education. The
purpose of ECAE is to serve learners who want
to go beyond their school curriculum and seek
greater intellectual challenge.
2. School Options Fair: The second annual MCGT School
Options Fair will occur at Footprints Academy
in Woodbury on Saturday, November 8, from
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Last year's first fair
had attendees with children of all ages and
included public, charter, private, and online
schools with programs for learners from pre-K
to college. The event is free and open to the
public. Footprints Academy is located at 9025
Tamarack Road, Woodbury MN, and the phone
number is 651-731-2608.