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In This Issue
News From Our Publisher, Great Potential Press
How to Choose the Right Summer Camp
Two Educational Programs
Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program
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."

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Greetings, and a special welcome to all our new DLR with kangaroofriends 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.

Best wishes, Kathy Hara, Editor

News From Our Publisher, Great Potential Press

GPP President Honored with Prestigious Award

Dr. James WebbThe 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 6, 2010. 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 talented education.

Connect with GPP on Facebook

GPP is developing another source of information for gifted supporters, as well as a way to encourage customer questions and feedback. Become a Facebook fan of GPP and you'll have access to book giveaway opportunities,
news links related to gifted stories, special discount code offers, information about staff and authors, and much more. Click here to connect! 

GPP Author on NAGC Webinar

Dr. 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 members and $59 for nonmembers. To register, click here
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 Fun? 

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

This past 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.

Whether 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. Friedman's column:


. . . [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 classroom."

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 www.ten9eight.com.


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

Once 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. 

The 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.

There 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: 5 Levels cover
School Issues and
Educational Options

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
Educational Options
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