Mile Marker Series
Keeping Up With Dr. Ruf . . .
Last April, Dr. Ruf joined 16 other members
of the NAGC PAC (Parent Advisory Committee)
at the historic Brown Palace Hotel in Denver
for the Tri-Alliance work session. The goal
for the weekend was to develop materials for
parents. It was a Herculean effort that
culminated first in The NAGC Mile Marker
Series CD-ROM and next year in a book called
The Best of the Best, a compilation of
articles from Parenting for High Potential
The Mile Marker Series is an incredible
resource for parents (categorized articles
and links), advocacy, teacher training
(includes a PowerPoint on gifted children),
and a very easy to use Search function to
find whatever you need within the CD-ROM. Go
to purchase a copy; go here
to read a detailed review by Stephanie Ferguson
While many markers point to difficulties in
the coming year, we are excited about 2009.
There are a number of projects on our horizon
that we hope will result in greater
understanding of giftedness issues and more
accommodations made for the needs of gifted
students. We will be reporting on these
events as they come about.
In the meantime, we wish you all the best in
those things that matter most.
Sincerely, Kathy Hara, Editor
Games for Gifted
"Gifted children enjoy many of the same
games, like Monopoly, that other children
enjoy," writes Carol Bainbridge of About.com.
"[B]ut their love of learning and need for
challenge means that they will enjoy games
where they can learn, show off their
knowledge, and be challenged. Whether your
gifted child loves dinosaurs or space,
language or logic, or anything in between,
you can find the perfect game." A recent About:
Gifted newsletter lists ten great games
for gifted kids that the whole family can play.
Question of the year
In politics over the last few years,
candidates have campaigned on the promise of
change. But what will change everything?
For its 2009 question, Edge, The World
Question Center, posed this: "What
game-changing scientific ideas and
developments do you expect to live to see?"
And 151 thinkers responded.
Edge Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit
organization, was established in 1988 as an
outgrowth of a group known as The Reality
Club. An informal membership includes some of
the most interesting minds in the world. Its
mandate is to promote inquiry into and
discussion of intellectual, philosophical,
artistic, and literary issues, as well as to
work for the intellectual and social
achievement of society.
1. Edina Center for Academic Excellence
(ECAE) will again host the "Inside
the NUMATS" seminar for 6th through 9th
graders who are participating in
this year's academic talent search. Nick
Green, former gifted Edina
High School student, perfect 1600 SAT scorer,
recent Harvard graduate
and now CEO of his own company, Ivy
Insiders Test Prep, shares an inside view
of the ACT and SAT test!
His mission is to help put younger students
at ease and share a game
strategy framework for taking the test.
Students and their parents
are welcome to attend on Saturday, January
17, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Edina High School. Registration
information is available at
2. Spring enrollment is now open through The
Institute of Technology Center for
Educational Programs (ITCEP) for the
Saturday morning enrichment classes. This
includes UMTYMP (University of Minnesota
Talented Youth Mathematics Program). ITCEP
develops and administers educational programs
in mathematics and its related science and
engineering applications for pre-college,
undergraduate and graduate students and for
K-12 preservice and inservice teachers.
Minnesota Council of Gifted and Talented
(MCGT) is sponsoring a number of exciting
events this month. If you are not yet a
member - even though these events are open to
the public - this might be a good time to
consider supporting this important
organization. For more information about the
events listed below, please go to MCGT's
- The MCGT board is renewing an effort to
organize a parent group for families of
highly gifted children begun a few years ago.
For this purpose, the definition of "highly
gifted" can be considered as one who possibly
is still not served even by a well designed
school gifted program or by homeschooling
with considerable enrichment and
acceleration. All interested families are
invited to attend the formation meeting on
Saturday, January 17, 2009, at the Edina
Community Center, room 350, 5701 Normandale
Road, Edina (on the east frontage road of
Highway 100 south of 50th Street).
- The South Metro MCGT Chapters are
sponsoring a workshop, Speak Up For Gifted
Education: Practical tips to influence public
policy. This is a free MCGT workshop for
parents and professionals on Tuesday, January
20, 2009, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Media
Center at Nicollet Junior High, 400 E. 134th
Street, Burnsville, MN 55337. Please RSVP.
- The Bloomington Council for the Gifted
and Talented is hosting a moderated
discussion on Post Secondary Enrollment
Option (PSE0) and other educational
opportunities for high school students
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.,
at the Educational Services Center in the Oak
Grove Middle School Building.
That is what learning is. You suddenly
understand something you've understood all
your life, but in a new way.
---- Doris Lessing