Keeping Up with Dr. Ruf
|May 16-18, Wallace Symposium, speaking on "Designing and Validating an On-line Qualitative Ability Instrument for Ages Two to Six Years"
Ruf's big news for the month of April is that she has become a grandmother for
the first time! Son Charlie and his wife Adrienne are the new parents of Lilah
Nell, born April 17. Dr. Ruf was able to meet her beautiful granddaughter
during a quick trip to New York last week.
expectant news of another sort, Dr. Ruf and her partners are putting the final
touches on their online assessment, and hope to announce its launch in early
May. Those on our newsletter list will be the first to know!
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to our good friend Keri Guilbault on her latest accomplishments. Having
recently earned her doctorate in education, she was just chosen president-elect
for the Florida Association for the Gifted.
She will begin her two-year term as president on January 1, 2012, replacing Dr.
Lauri Kirsch. Dr. Guilbault currently serves FLAG as its legislative chair, and
had previously been conference chair and parent liaison. She also worked with Dr.
Ruf as Associate Gifted Children's Program Coordinator with American Mensa,
taking over from Dr. Ruf when she relinquished that position in 2009. We send
our best wishes to Keri!
This year's Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development is scheduled for May
16-18, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The Symposium focuses on
research and theory construction in talent development, creativity, and gifted
education. The Symposium, which is internationally renowned for being one of
the premiere scholarly conferences where the latest in gifted education
research is presented, brings together the leading researchers and
theoreticians in the field to provide a forum for their most current work.
Dr. Ruf will speak on "Designing and Validating an On-line Qualitative Ability Instrument for Ages Two to Six Years."
|For Gifted Adults|
of our newsletter information is focused on gifted children, we know that
gifted adults need support and encouragement, too. So this month we are passing
along some information specifically intended for our grown-up readers.
Talent Development Resources: This started out as a project based on
psychologist Douglas Eby's research in psychology to better understand his own
social, emotional and achievement challenges, and to publish articles and other
material that might help other people as well. Eby and his
associate editor include more and more contemporary research and commentary
that they hope will have value for your own self-understanding, career
development and personal growth. The basic purpose of his site is to provide
information and inspiration to enhance creative expression and personal
development, to explore the psychology of creativity and personal growth, and to
better understand how to realize your multiple talents and be more aware of
barriers that get in the way.
Back to School for Grownups: Your Guide to Making Sound Decisions (And How to Not
Get Run Over by the School Bus) was established in 2009 by Laura H.
Gilbert, Ph.D. The book, website and
materials are based on her own back-to-school experience and many years helping
others do the same. Laura's passion for adult learners began when she returned
to school as a single mother of four and was inspired by the life stories and
perseverance of her peers. Today, having completed four back-to-school
journeys, Laura shares her energy and insight about the adult learner
experience as a university instructor, consultant, speaker and coach.
Trailblazer Coaching: Jim Earley started a full-time
business in January 1991, becoming Minnesota's first Professional Business Coach.
For 10 years, he identified himself as "Jim Earley, Performance
Coach." Then in November 2000 he sensed it was time for a new professional
identity, something that spoke as much about creating a direction in life as it
did about finding one. So he created Trailblazer Coaching - when you realize
the road you are on won't get you where you want to go.
He knew that nearly every person who had hired him had faced the need to do
something they had never done before. Every coaching client faces a trail they
need to blaze, he said.
Survey for Gifted Teens|
Galbraith and Jim Delisle, with their publisher Free Spirit Publishing, are
working on a new edition of The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook.
This will be based on the actual experiences, frustrations, desires, and ideas
of students like yours, and so they request your gifted teen's input.
The survey is for
gifted teens ages 11 to 17, and includes questions about giftedness, education, relationships, and personal growth. All responses are anonymous and confidential.
Your gifted teen can
take this survey today at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/GKSG.
In a secret lab, a mysterious scientist has been investigating how to power
robotic creatures. The scientist requests the help of participants to explore
new types of energy to help power the robotic creatures.
This is one of the modules offered by Camp Invention, where children
entering grades one through six spend the week building, powering, and
exploring the capabilities of their own fantasy creatures by investigating
wind, solar, and hydro power. They explore how they can light an LED with a small
fan, waterwheels, and lemons, and they also create creatures made from everyday
| 2010 Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Awards|
Last year one of our clients was a winner in the Torrance
Creative Writing Awards. So we are especially pleased to announce the 2010
contest. Students in grades 4 through 12 are encouraged and invited to submit
their finest creative work to help celebrate the great legacy of educator and
creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, author of more than 2,000 tests,
articles, and books.
Poetry submissions may respond to either The Celebration Of
Life or What Do You See In Life And How Do You Respond To It? Short stories may
focus on one of the following creative themes: Building Sand Castles, Crossing
Out Mistakes or Listening For Smells. Students are encouraged to freely
interpret these themes. Please note that there is a 1,250 word limit for
stories. There is no prescribed word limit for poems. Students are free to
submit one short story and one poem.
submissions must be postmarked by August 2, 2010. Entries may also be submitted
electronically at http://www.ststesting.com/cw_2010.html.
|Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship|
We recently learned of this four-year high school scholarship, for which
the information is included below. Please note that the application postmark
date is May 10, and part of the requirements include scores from the SAT-1
The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is given to exceptionally gifted middle
school students who exhibit advanced intellectual talent and have the ability
to demonstrate academic and personal excellence. Bradley Scholars receive a
four-year high school scholarship that covers tuition and books, and guidance
in identifying and applying to high schools that will provide the most appropriate
educational environment for their needs. The Institute for Educational Advancement provides academic guidance and support throughout each
Scholar's high school career.
The application process is open to current seventh graders who demonstrate
exceptional academic ability and achievement, have achieved a score of at least
97% in one or more of the major academic areas of a school administered,
nationally normed standardized test (i.e., Stanford 9, ERB) for the past two
years, and scores 500 or higher in either the verbal or math component on the SAT-1 Reasoning Test.
For more information, go to http://www.educationaladvancement.org/programs/caroline-d-bradley-scholarship
|Gifted and Talented Education Symposium 2010|
The second annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium will be held in Austin, Minnesota June 13-17, 2010. This opportunity for
educators, psychologists, counselors, administrators and parents is made
possible through a Hormel Foundation grant in collaboration with the Minnesota
Department of Education and Austin Public Schools. It is an intensive
educational experience designed to foster greater understanding of the unique needs of gifted and talented learners for both novice and experienced participants.
For complete information, visit the Austin Public Schools website and click on Gifted and Talented Education Symposium 2010.
|In Minnesota: Careers in Engineering and Physical Sciences|
Registration is now open for the 2010 University of Minnesota
Careers in Engineering and Physical Sciences. This is a program which allows high
school students to sample various engineering projects and is an excellent
introduction to what engineering is all about.
The Institute of Technology (soon to be renamed College of Science andEngineering) is pleased to announce this STEM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) week-long summer
program is available for high school students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grade in Fall 2010. It features hands-on activities, demonstrations, and presentations designed to introduce majors and future careers in the STEM disciplines.
There are 5 possible weeks to choose from, including two reserved for young women only. Scholarship and transportation assistance are available.
Application priority deadline is Friday, April 30, 2010. However,
applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until May 31. More
information and application materials can be found at http://www.it.umn.edu/outreach/eceps.
|In Minnesota: Universe in the Park|
Universe in the Park is a summer outreach program hosted by the University
of Minnesota's Department of Astronomy and area state parks. At these events, representatives
of the department present a 20- to 30-minute
talk and slide show. Presentations cover a variety of astronomical topics such
as the history of matter, how astronomers see, and a journey
through our solar system.
Afterwards, if weather allows, attendees have the opportunity to view the
sky through multiple 8-inch reflecting telescopes, operated by the staff and
provided by the Department of Astronomy. Additionally, free star maps are
provided (e.g. www.skymaps.com) and the
staff are happy to show visitors how to use them. Throughout the evening, questions
from the audience are encouraged.
For the summer of 2010, there are events scheduled at fourteen different
parks and nature centers. Events are scheduled Fridays and Saturdays, (rain or shine) starting June 18th and ending September
11th. Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm. The events are
FREE, although usually a vehicle permit is required
to enter the parks. So bring your family and friends!
See the schedule http://www.astro.umn.edu/outreach/uitp/schedule.html
for more details. Or contact Karl Isensee at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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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