Keeping Up with Dr. Ruf . . .
Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.: Dr. Ruf will make a presentation to the District 112 Chapter of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented, at Bluff Creek Elementary (cafeteria), 2300 Coulter Boulevard,
Chanhassen, MN 55317-9379. She will speak on the topic "Development Not Typical."
Greetings, and a special welcome to all our new friends in Australia! Dr. Ruf spent most of the month of February in Australia, first in Sydney for a few days
and then the remainder of her visit in Western Australia, based mainly
in Perth. During this
time her calendar was packed with speeches and workshops, as well as meeting
and working with individual families.
Dr. Ruf also gave a number of radio and television interviews while Down
Under. Here's the link to her national interview with Australian ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2010/2812698.htm.
You can listen to this interview online, or download it as an mp3.
Dr. Ruf is very grateful for this opportunity, and wants to
thank all those who showed her such generous hospitality. In particular, we both
want to thank Josephine Muir, who gave up a great deal of her time and energies
to make this trip possible.
wishes, Kathy Hara, Editor
News From Our Publisher, Great Potential Press
GPP President Honored
with Prestigious Award
The California Association
for the Gifted (CAG) has honored Dr. James Webb with its Ruth A. Martinson
Past Presidents Award for 2009. The award was presented to Dr. Webb at the
association's annual conference in Sacramento on March
Past Presidents of CAG nominate individuals for this award who have made
significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the area of gifted and
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GPP Author on NAGC WebinarDr. Barbara Kerr, author of Smart Girls and the
award-winning Smart Boys, will present "New Concepts of Creativity
and Giftedness: Implications for Educators" in an upcoming NAGC webinar.
The webinar will be Wednesday, March 17, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the fee is $39 for NAGC
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|How to Choose the Right Summer Camp
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is providing a list of summer programs, summer camps,
enrichment programs, academic programs and special schools on its website. It
also has recently posted these three articles to help you find the right situation for
your child: How to Choose a Summer Program; Questions to Ask When Researching a
Summer Camp; and Summer Camps: An Opportunity for Exploration, Focus, and/or
In addition, our Mensa friend Kathe Oliver has written an excellent
article, Planning Ahead for a Memorable Summer, which we have posted on our website.
Here are a lot of good ideas and advice for finding the best summer opportunity for
your gifted child!
Two Educational Programs
January, Thomas L. Friedman published a column in the NY Times entitled More
(Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/opinion/24friedman.html.
or not you agree with Mr. Friedman's politics, he mentions two exciting
initiatives available to our bright students. Here is an excerpt from Mr.
. . .
[T]o reignite his youth movement, [President Obama] should make sure every
American kid knows about two programs that he has already endorsed: The first
is National Lab Day. Introduced last November by a coalition of educators and
science and engineering associations, Lab Day aims to inspire a wave of future
innovators, by pairing veteran scientists and engineers with students in grades
K-12 to inspire thousands of hands-on science projects around the country.
Any teacher in America, explains the entrepreneur Jack Hidary, the chairman of N.L.D., can go to the Web site NationalLabDay.org and enter the science project he or she is interested in teaching, or get an idea for one. N.L.D. will match teachers with volunteer scientists and engineers in their areas for mentoring.
"As soon as you have a match, the scientists and the students communicate
directly or via Skype and collaborate on a project," said Hidary. "We
have a class in Chicago asking for civil
engineers to teach them how to build a bridge. In Idaho, a class is asking
for a scientist to help them build a working river delta inside their
The president should also vow to bring the
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, to every low-income
neighborhood in America. NFTE works with
middle- and high-school teachers to help them teach entrepreneurship. The
centerpiece of its program is a national contest for start-ups with 24,000 kids
participating. Each student has to invent a product or service, write up a
business plan and then do it. NFTE (www.NFTE.com) works only in low-income areas, so many of
these new entrepreneurs are minority kids.
In November, a documentary movie - "Ten9Eight" - was released that
tracked a dozen students all the way through to the finals of the NFTE
competition. Obama should arrange for this movie to be shown in every classroom
in America. It is the most
inspirational, heartwarming film you will ever see. You can obtain details
about it at
This year's three finalists, said Amy Rosen, the chief executive of NFTE, "were
an immigrant's son who took a class from H&R Block and invented a company
to do tax returns for high school students, a young woman who taught herself
how to sew and designed custom-made dresses, and the winner was an
African-American boy who manufactured socially meaningful T-shirts."
Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program
again, the Center for
Talent Development at Northwestern University
and the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Young Scholars Program ( a national scholarship
program for high achieving students with financial need) is accepting
applications. The JKC Young Scholars program accepts applications during the
months of Feb. through April from students in their 7th grade year. This
program provides exceptional students with individualized educational guidance
and educational services, which could include tutors, summer programs, on-line
classes, computers, and possible tuition support through their high school
years and continued support as they enter college.
Young Scholars Program is highly competitive and attracts outstanding
applicants from across the United States. The
specific criteria for consideration are for current 7th grade students, strong
academic record, awards/honors, teacher recommendation, financial need;
motivation and Leadership; and an appreciation for the arts, music, literature,
or similar fields.
is no cost to apply, and the application deadline is April 26, 2010. Additional information
can be found at their site, http://www.jkcf.org.
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.
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