Keeping Up with Dr. Ruf . . .
Monday, January 25: Dr. Ruf will conduct workshops for teachers and staff at Yellow Medicine East Schools.
February 3 - 25: Dr. Ruf will be in Sydney and Perth, Australia, to speak, conduct workshops and test and consult with individuals and families.
We are starting the year
out with a bang, with two exciting announcements. The first involves Dr. Ruf's nearly
month-long visit to Australia, where she will present speeches and
workshops on giftedness and work one-on-one with families. The second is
actually more an alert to a coming announcement: we want you to watch for a
special notice coming soon about a new website Dr. Ruf is working on that will
help parents estimate their child's Level of Giftedness. Please read on for
wishes, Kathy Hara, Editor
Dr. Ruf Takes Her Expertise to Australia
Last June we received an email
from Dr. Josephine Muir, a public policy consultant with The Policy Institute in Perth, Australia,
who had started a discussion/conversation series for parents of very
highly/exceptionally gifted children. Citing a dearth of resources and
researchers specializing in gifted education in Australia, she asked Dr. Ruf to consider a
trip to her country in order to speak to organizations in Perth and Sydney.
So, through a great deal of hard
work on the part of Dr. Muir, it has come to pass that Dr. Ruf will be in
Australia for most of the month of February. While there, she will make
presentations, conduct workshops, and work individually with families doing
testing and consulting.
There is still room on the
calendar to schedule more presentations or testing, but here is what is
Monday, February 8, in Sydney: a workshop sponsored by the New
South Wales Association for Gifted and Talented Children.
Tuesday, February 9, 700 to 8.30 p.m.: Bright Child or Gifted? Does the Difference
Matter? Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA. Bookings available through
UWA - www.extension.uwa.edu.au.
February 15, 7:00 to 8.30 p.m.:
Keys to Successfully Parenting the
Highly Gifted Child. Presentation to be held at Milligan House, Bunbury.
Bookings available through Josephine Muir firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0419 847 590.
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 to 8.30
How Schools Teach the Smartest Kids to be
Underachievers. Presentation to be
held at Moerlina School, 16 Brockway Road, Mount Claremont. Bookings available through Josephine Muir email@example.com or 0419 847 590 for
tickets or more information; or contact us at Educational Options.
|New Website on Gifted
Dr. Ruf has been working hard lately on a new
online product that we hope will make it easier and more affordable for parents to find out how their child
compares intellectually to others, so they're armed with this information as soon as possible, even before the child is ready for school or formal testing.
This new product is an online assessment for
the Ruf Estimates of Levels of Gifted. Dr. Ruf has adjusted the scale to allow
for above average, average, and Levels One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. Eventually,
customers will receive not only an estimate of the child's Level but also a profile of strengths and weaknesses.
Beta testing for this new product is nearly
complete, and we want to thank our families who have helped fine tune the
It is Dr.
Ruf's sincerest hope that getting this kind of tool into the hands of the
parents and primary grade teachers of bright children at an exceptionally
affordable price will greatly increase general awareness of gifted children and
have more information about the launch of Dr. Ruf's new interactive website in
a special newsletter, which we hope to send out before the end of January. Alert
any friends, colleagues or relatives about this so they can sign up for our
newsletter and receive the announcement when it is made.
News from Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)
SIG is pleased and excited to announce several new happenings for the 2010
season. First, SIG is now the program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT). Now functioning as a non-profit organization,
SIG hopes to be able to do even more for gifted and talented students across
the nation and the world through its programs and services.
SIG is pleased to announce its newest residential campus-DartmouthCollege in Hanover,
New Hampshire. This program, for eligible
students who have completed grades 7 through 11, will run August 1 through August 21, 2010. As SIG enters
its 26th anniversary season, the Dartmouth
program marks the 10th residential program for 2010. Other residential
sessions are located at Amherst College,
University, UC Berkeley (two
sessions), UCLA, UT
Austin, and Vassar
College. All these programs,
excluding Princeton and Dartmouth,
now welcome commuter students, as well.
Also, SIG is pleased to announce that many of its Day Programs have
been extended to offer programs to students who have completed grades 7 and 8.
SIG has also added one additional day program at Overlake
School in Seattle,
Washington, bringing the total number of
day programs to nine.
Finally, SIG is offering three Saturday Programs in NY and CT in 2010. All Saturday Programs run 9:00
am to noon for six
sessions. All use a problem based learning format and are for eligible students
who are currently in grades 1-6. The first new Saturday program is this month, so
check this out immediately!
More information about all SIG programs can be found at www.giftedstudy.org or
by calling (866) 303 4744.
Creative Writing Award
In July we published
information in this newsletter about the Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Contest. We are very pleased to say that a client of ours, Julia
Braulick of Northfield, Minnesota, won first place in the fourth and fifth
grade division for her story about a rat reporter. Her local paper, The Northfield News, wrote a story about Julia which appeared online.
They also posted her story, A Tale of Cynthia Ratsworth.
Congratulations, Julia. Well done!
Diamonds in the Rough
In March, the Weinfeld Education Group will present Diamonds in the Rough, a national conference for educators, parents, students and all who appreciate
the unique strengths and needs of bright kids who learn differently.
The conference, titled Smart Kids
Who Learn Differently, will be March 11 to 13 at the University of Maryland in Rockville. With a long roster of speakers, conference
highlights will include best practices for identification, research
based strategies and cutting edge interventions, and much more.
In Minnesota: Thomas Greenspon Presentation
On Saturday, January 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a. m., the
Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented is sponsoring a
Perfectionism Workshop: What it is, what it isn't and how to help. Dr. Thomas
Greenspon, a leading expert on perfectionism, is the featured speaker, and he
will share his insights into the distinction between perfectionism and striving
for excellence, as well as delve into the concept of "healthy perfectionism" as a kind
of contradiction in terms.
This event is free and will take place at
the Edina Community Center, Room 350, 5701 Normandale Road, Edina.
In Minnesota: Karen Rogers Presentation
Rogers, internationally acclaimed specialist in gifted education, will present Finding and Nurturing Twice-Exceptional
Children on Tuesday, January 19, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This event, which is free and open
to the public, is sponsored by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Council for the
Gifted and Talented, and will take place at the Harriet Bishop Elementary School Media Center, 14400 O'Connell Road in
Savage. (Please park in the upper parking lot, on the East side of the school.)
Carol Malueg with any questions.
| In Minnesota: Open House for Metropolitan Open School
If you are looking for a small school where your gifted
child will receive individual attention, you may wish to attend Metropolitan Open School's open house on January 23 or
February 27 (both Saturdays) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The school is located in St. Louis Park and has been operating for 38
A full time and part-time assistant teacher currently work
with five students in grades one through eight. Each child's instruction is
based on the child's particular needs, interests, and abilities, and the low
student-teacher ratio allows tailored instruction that is appropriate for each
child. Current themes in class include astronomy and exploration. Service is
also part of the curriculum, with students currently knitting infant hats
to be sent to Africa.
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
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