Keeping Up with Dr. Ruf . . .
February and March has produced a series of
unfortunate events for those at Educational Options. Dr. Ruf went into the
hospital with abdominal pain early in February, which fortunately resolved
itself with no residual problems. Then, while leaving work on a blizzardy day,
I slipped at the end of the driveway and badly sprained my ankle. After a
month, it's much better and I have been able to put aside the crutches. But
then Dr. Ruf was involved in a car accident when another car ran a red light, which
totaled her good and dependable auto but which fortunately did not do the same
to her. She is totally recovered from some neck stiffness.
The most unfortunate and saddest event was
the death of Dr. Ruf's father-in-law, Ben Larson, the day after he suffered
a massive stroke. Her husband's stepfather, Ben had been a close friend of the family Larry's entire life.
But now we are all looking forward to the end
of winter. April and spring are bidding us to move on, and we wish you all the
best from the season of renewal.
Sincerely, Kathy Hara, Editor
We wish to introduce our new assistant, Julia
Zimmerman. A long-time neighbor of Dr. Ruf, she will alternate days with me in
order to better serve our clients! Julia has been thrown in to a dizzying
system of facts and procedures and has been able to keep her head above water! We
are very happy to have her join the team, and we know you will enjoy working with
her in your contacts with Educational Options.
For some time now, Dr. Ruf has wanted to find
a way to make her thoughts on giftedness more accessible to the public. She has
written articles for various publications, but wanted to find a wider audience.
It became apparent that the fairly recent phenomenon known as the "blogosphere"
would suit her needs well, especially since it would dovetail nicely with our
new website. So you may now link to Dr. Ruf's blog from Educational Options' homepage, or go to the blog directly.
her first entry, posted on February
10, 2009, Dr. Ruf writes about her "Thoughts on Our Educational System and the Increase in Eating
Disorders." Watch for more entries in
the near future.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that
the book Morality, Ethics and Gifted Minds, edited by Don Ambrose
and Tracy Cross and published by Springer Publications, has just appeared in
print. Dr. Ruf has contributed a chapter, "Self-Actualization
& Morality of the Gifted: Environmental, Familial, and Personal Factors," to this important work.
Springer, in describing this book on its website, says "Morality, Ethics, and
Gifted Minds brings together the leading thinkers from
diverse scholarly fields to share and integrate their perspectives on morality
and high ability (giftedness, talent, creativity). These two broad areas of
inquiry should have much more overlap and interconnection than currently
exists. One of the many justifications for such connection making
is the pressing need for the application of intelligent, creative minds to the
many ethical dilemmas facing the world today."
to learn more about this book.
|Photos for Our Website
We are always looking for more photos that we
may post on our website. I am getting more and more comfortable with editing
our site, and am looking forward to filling our pages with photos of our
families. In particular, we would love to have more pictures of family
activities. Remember that we will not attach names with any of our photos.
Thanks for your help!
Dr. Jennifer Jolly, editor-in-chief of Parenting for High
Potential Magazine and a professor at Louisiana
sent us the following information about a parent survey that she and Michael
Matthews of the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte
are conducting. There hasn't been a large scale survey of parents of gifted
learners since 1983, she said. She has submitted the following:
Your Opinions are Important!
a field, we in gifted education know surprisingly little about the experiences
and opinions of parents of gifted learners. Please help us to learn more about
the issues you face! Researchers at Louisiana State University
and the University
of North Carolina
have developed a survey that we are asking parents of gifted learners to
complete. You can fill out our parent survey online by copying and pasting the
following url into your browser [http://tiny.cc/LmsOw].
It should only take about 15 minutes to complete, and if you wish, after
completing the survey you may provide your contact information to be entered in
a drawing to receive materials related to parenting the gifted."
|Dr. Ruf Articles Published in PHP
Speaking of "Parenting for High Potential," the National Association for Gifted Children's quarterly magazine, several of Dr. Ruf's articles were published in recent issues. One Profoundly Gifted Kid's Story was published September 2008, and Gifted or Highly Gifted? What's the Difference was published March 2009.
Save the Earth Contest
the Earth computer game creation contest is a two-phase competition designed for all students, engineers or
professionals. There are two ways to win prizes - win with a game concept idea,
or win with a playable computer game you designed and created.
Create a game for players to use Earth Observations of our environment for
solving issues of the world around us. Show how real-world events affect the
Earth and impact people. Whether it is flooding or drought, changes in energy
or climate, work with our experts who can help you with data and impacts to
create ideas for a game and even a playable prototype.
Deadlines are coming up soon. So click here to get more information about this contest.
|Gifted Education Symposium
The first annual
Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium is scheduled June
in Austin, Minnesota. This symposium provides an opportunity for educators,
counselors, administrators and parents to gain greater understanding of the
unique needs of gifted and high potential learners.
A generous grant from The Hormel
Foundation and collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education and Austin Public School District makes possible an intensive educational experience for
educators. Invited speakers include many of the field's finest regional,
national and internationally known presenters, focusing on foundational
knowledge, creativity, curriculum strategies, and social and emotional needs.
Registration is now open!
Visit the the Austin Public School District website and access symposium information located on the bottom right corner
under The Hormel Foundation heading.
Podcast About ADD
The Mensa Education &
Research Foundation introduces the latest Conversations with Mensa
podcast: Taking Control of ADD. This 45-minute session features Dr.
Frank Lawlis, American Mensa's Supervisory Psychologist and author of The
ADD Answer, providing basic information about Attention Deficit Disorder
and the steps that can be taken to manage it. Leading the discussion is Mensa
member Robin Crawford, an experienced educator and mother of twin Mensans.
is available for listening or download.
All Conversations with Mensa are available to the general public, so don't
hesitate to tell your friends and family members about this informative and
client of Educational Options has recently announced the beta launch of a
homeschool scheduling application, MyHomeSchoolPlan.com. In this stage,
the makers are offering the application at no charge and are requesting both
positive and negative feedback on how to make this a product that you are as
passionate about as they are.
What is MyHomeSchoolPlan.com?
Simply put, it is a web application that allows you to create, record, and
review your homeschool activities quickly and easily. The idea is to spend
time with your kids, not your computer, so the focus has been on quick and easy
setup. Create your courses, enroll your students in the courses and you
are ready to create this week's schedule.
Losing Our Minds
Dr. Ruf's book, Losing Our Minds: Gifted
Children Left Behind, is available through Great PotentialPress or Amazon.
Click here to learn more.
| Deborah Ruf