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DL Ruf 2009 June 2009

In This Issue
Letter from Julia
Personality Type in Schoo
Minnesota: Ivy League Students from Minnesota Participate in Panel
Leadership Institute on Twice Exceptional
SENG 2009 Conference
NAGC Advocacy Efforts in the Media
Gifted Education Symposium
NAGC Advocacy Efforts in the Media
Plan Ahead for NAGC Annual Convention
Keeping Up with Dr. Ruf . . .

Iowa Gifted and Talented Association Annual Conference (ITAG)- October 4, 5 and 6, Iowa City/Coralville, Iowa, Keynotes and Presentations.

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Ahhhh . . . summer. At last. However you spend your days and evenings this season, and wherever you go, we at Educational Options wish you a relaxing, stimulating, eventful, peaceful and wonderful summer!

Sincerely, Kathy Hara, Editor
Letter from Julia:

Our new assistant, Julia Zimmerman, sends the following note to families who have called or emailed for information about Educational Options' services:
I hope the school year ended well for you and your family and that your summer plans are taking shape.
You contacted us in the past months,  and I wanted to touch base with you and mention that summer is an excellent time to consider having your child evaluated by Dr. Ruf.  We have noticed through the years that many children and families respond better to testing in the summer months, when they are more relaxed and the pressures of school and extracurricular activities aren't as prevalent.  Parents can also pause and reflect on what worked or may not have worked in the past academic year.  The insights you will gain by evaluation and consultation - or simply a consultation - during the summer will enable you to face the 2009-2010 school year with a new focus - academically as well as socially and emotionally - or reinforce that the direction you are headed is indeed appropriate for you and your child.   
Please let us know if we can be of service to you.  I encourage you to visit our website to learn more about Dr. Ruf and her services.
I hope to hear from you.
Personality Type in School

Over the many years that Dr. Ruf has worked with families, she has come to appreciate more and more the importance of understanding personality type and how it affects every aspect of a person's life and family interactions. Some clients have even regarded the insights gained through personality testing as the most beneficial part of their assessment process.
We have recently posted on our website three of Dr. Ruf's articles about personality type and the school environment. These articles are:
Gifted Child Personality Types and EffectiveSchool Lesson Plans
Parent and Gifted Child Personality Types and School Adjustment
Tips for Parents: How Level of Giftedness, Gender, and PersonalityAffectSchool Behavior and Learning
Minnesota: Ivy League Students from Minnesota Participate in Panel

Are Minnesotans afraid of the Ivies? Sometimes that can appear to be the case as a disproportionate number of east and west coast students occupy seats in the ivies.  So why don't more Minnesotans consider these highly selective schools?  Are they somehow less qualified?  Why do so many of our brightest prefer to stick close to home?  Do Minnesota high school counselors encourage our best and brightest to aim high enough?

For the second year in a row, Edina Center for Academic Excellence (ECAE) and Ivy Insiders are sponsoring a free Ivy Student Panel for families to meet Minnesota students who attend Ivy League colleges. This panel will explore these questions by featuring Minnesota students who have recently completed their first year of college at an Ivy League institution.  They will share admission advice, their perspectives on the value of attending an Ivy, if they have any regrets about their choice, what they wish they had or had not done while in high school.  This evening will leave a strong impression on all. 
This event will be Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Edina Community Center, Room 350, 5701 Normandale Road, Edina. Free admission to students in grades 6 through 11 and their families!  For more information go to www.ecae.net.
Leadership Institute on Twice Exceptional

The Belin-Blank Center at The University of Iowa will be hosting the Fifth Biennial Belin-Blank Advanced Leadership Institute (B-BALI) at The University of Iowa's Memorial Union, Thursday and Friday, June 25-26, 2009.  At each institute, the topic is something of critical interest in the field. This year's focus, Twice Exceptionality: Examined & Explained, will address issues of tremendous importance to administrators, educators, and parents of twice-exceptional learners.  Experts will present on gifted learners who are also affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as learners with hearing and/or visual impairments.
Immediately prior to the Belin-Blank Advanced Leadership will be the optional Pre-Institute, entitled Paradox of Giftedness and Autism.  The Pre-Institute will be Thursday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Experts on twice-exceptional students with diagnoses within the Autism Spectrum will present to participants on aspects unique to this group of learners.

For more information and for fees, visit the Belin-Blank website.
SENG 2009 ConferenceSENG Summit Logo

The SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) 2009 Annual Conference is in Orlando, Florida, this year, July 17 to 19.
This conference is for . . .
. . . parents of gifted children
  • Answers to your concerns about depression, anxiety, underachievement and more...
  • How to become the best advocate for your child...
  • A place to connect with others facing the same hopes and challenges!
. . . professionals working with gifted children and families
  • Strategies to help you be a trusted, valuable partner...
  • What you can do to give every child the chance to fit in and reach their potential...
  • How you can support their parents creatively...

Visit SENG's website for more information about this important conference.
NAGC Advocacy Efforts in the Media

The New York Times recently published a letter to the editor written by NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) president Del Siegle that focuses on developing talent in this country by supporting gifted education programs and services.  The letter was written in response to a column by David Brooks, which seemed to imply that hard work alone is all that is needed to develop excellence. The letter and the Brooks column have been posted on the NAGC website, where the organization posts other published letters and op-ed pieces that support their advocacy efforts.

NAGC encourages you to submit your own letters to your local papers. Letters raise awareness in your community and are read by policymakers. NAGC has drafted several letters for you to use to get started, and has provided some advice on how to submit them, which you will find on their letters to the editor page.

Gifted Education Symposium

The first annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium is scheduled June 14-18, 2009, 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.

Creative Writing Contest

Torrance Contest NAGC, in conjunction with the Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. (STS), The Center for the Gifted at National-Louis University, the NAGC Creativity Network, and the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, is pleased to announce the Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Contest for student writers in grades 4 through 12.

Accepted genres for submission are poetry and short stories. Poetry submissions must focus on either The Wonder and Wisdom of Nature or What Do You See in Nature and How do you Respond to It? And short stories must focus on one of the following creative themes: Singing in One's Own Key, Shaking Hands with Tomorrow, What is Magic or The Flying Monkey.
Deadline for submissions is August 24. Check out the information on the NAGC site.     
 Plan Ahead for NAGC Annual Convention

The NAGC's 56th Annual Convention, Gateway to Gifted, will be in St. Louis this year on November 5-8. You'll find all the information on the NAGC website to make your plans.
Losing Our Minds
Dr. Ruf's book, Losing Our Minds: Gifted
Children Left Behind, is available through Great PotentialPress or Barnes & Noble.

Click here to learn more.

Deborah Ruf
Educational Options