Keeping Up with Dr. Ruf . . .
Options is now Skype-capable!
friends have heard me say that I have reached the point where I have all the
technology I want, need or can figure out. But now we have Skype. Maybe some of
you are old enough to remember when this type of thing was in the science
fiction movies. But now it's here and it's great. Dr. Ruf and I both have
family on both the East and West Coasts, and it will be so nice to converse face-to-face. But the
real reason we got it is to have long distance face-to-face consultations with
our clients. That added element can make such a difference!
rethinking my stance on technology. And now I think I want an iPod!
wishes, Kathy Hara, Editor
Dr. Ruf via Webinar
Dr. Ruf will be the presenter on Gifted Online Conferences-Webinars Thursday,
October 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Her topic will be 5
Levels of Gifted.
The webinar is sponsored by OGTOC (Our
Gifted Online Conferences), which is owned and administered by Sally Lyon.
OGTOC is a place to join together to meet, share, learn, and discuss issues
pertaining to giftedness and talent of all individuals regardless of race, age,
gender, economic status, and/or twice/thrice exceptionalities. If your children
did not come with instructions, then OGTOC will be a resource you will find
Go to OGTOC's website for more information. Although as of
this moment it has not been updated with information for Dr. Ruf's webinar, it
will be shortly.
|WOW: Webinars on Wednesday
Don't let funding challenges or travel restrictions keep you
from getting the training and information you need to be effective. The
National Association for Gifted Children's WOW
Series (Webinars on Wednesdays) brings high quality professional development to
your desktop.Best of all, the WOW Series is FREE through 2009!
is pleased to present this exciting new opportunity to the gifted education
community. Designed for classroom teachers, counselors, graduate students,
parents, g/t coordinators, and administrators, NAGC's Webinars On Wednesdays
will bring top-notch educational content direct to you. In the convenience of
your home or office, you will be virtually connected to experts in the field
who will share practical advice, as well as updates on the latest issues in
experience the live WOW sessions via the Internet with the ability to listen,
view slides, access handouts, and pose questions to presenters, as well as
interact with other participants virtually.
Tune in the 2nd
and 4th Wednesday (plus a monthly "Parent Night"). In order to have active
participation between the WOW presenter/s and the audience, a limited number of
"seats" are available. Registration opens two weeks before the event and closes
when capacity is reached.
Visiting the Library
I recently decided to quit buying books and renew my library
card. With its online services, our library system has made it very easy to
find and order the books I want to read. So now I feel I'm being economical and
ecological at the same time!
Going to the library can also be a great way to nurture your
gifted child's love of reading and discovery. Carol Bainbridge, in About.com:
Gifted Children's recent newsletter, talks about How To Make the Most of Visits to the Library With Your Gifted Child.
Along with tips on enjoying a trip to the library, there are also many links to
book lists for gifted children, fostering a love of reading, knowing when your
child is ready to read, and much more.
2010-2011 Applications to The Davidson Academy of Nevada
There are 93 students enrolled at the The Davidson Academy
for the 2009-2010
school year, which started Aug. 24. So it must be time to look ahead to next
for 2010-2011 are now available on the Academy's website. The Academy, which is
located in Reno, Nevada, is a free public school where the
abilities, strengths and interests of middle and high school students are
encouraged and supported. Those who perform at an academic level of advanced
middle school or higher in all subjects, and score in the 99.9th percentile on
IQ or college entrance tests, are encouraged to apply.
Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit the Academy for
an informational monthly tour! RSVPs are required for these tours, which
currently are scheduled for Thursday, October 15, Thursday, November 12, and
Thursday, December 10.
In Minnesota: Jim Delisle Scheduled to Speak
Internationally renowned speaker and author Jim Delisle will be
appearing in Minnetonka Tuesday, September 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. Invited by the Minnetonka High Potential
Department and the Minnetonka High Potential Parents Organization, Delisle will
make a presentation about Parenting
Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children.
Delisle is a former teacher,
administrator, and professor and has appeared at hundreds of conferences and
workshops all over the world. He is generally recognized as one of the top
experts in the field of gifted and talented education worldwide. Go to Prufrock
Press's web page for an interview with Jim Delisle.
This free event will take
place at Minnetonka High School Arts Auditorium, 18301 West Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345. Donations are appreciated. For more
information, please contact Mike Postma at 952.401.5100 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|In Minnesota: West Metro Competitive Physics Team
The Edina Center
for Academic Excellence (ECAE) has announced the formation of a West Metro Competitive Physics Team for the 2009-10 school year. Students
in grades 8-11, who are advanced in math and would like to try competitive problem solving, are encouraged to try out for the team.
This wider collaboration of area high school students will
together as one elite team. By opening the team to students from
neighboring school districts, it is expected the team members will be able to grow in global competitiveness and success in the 2010 Physics Bowl and advance towards the prestigious 2010 United States Physics Team USPT Competition.
The first team meeting will take place Tuesday, September
22. Even though the informational meeting was September 17, it may not be too late
to sign up. For more information, go to ECAE's website, or email Susan Lee.
5 Levels of Gifted:
School Issues and
Dr. Ruf's book, 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly published as Losing Our Minds: Gifted
Children Left Behind), is available through Great PotentialPress.
| Deborah Ruf