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Media Events:

The following are appearances by and interviews of Dr. Ruf on radio, online magazines, forums, etc.

The 4th Global Virtual Meeting in Gifted Education in Secondlife, on January 30, 2011. Dr. Ruf joined with Mary St. George of New Zealand in discussing underachievement in gifted students. This was organized by Roya Klingner of the Bavarian Centre for Gifted and Talented Children for the purpose of sharing knowledge and experience about gifted education.

ABC Radio National, Australia. An interview on the program LifeMatters with Richard Aedy in February 2010. Dr. Ruf visited Australia for nearly a month of workshops and lectures in Sydney, Perth and Bunbury.

Florida Gifted Network, Question and Answer Forum. Over the course of about a week in October 2009, Dr. Ruf answered questions posted online by parents of gifted children. Moderated by Terry Wilson.

Interview by Michael Shaughnessy of on July 21, 2005. This was done upon the publication of Dr. Ruf's book, Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind (now titled 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options).


Previous Appearances:

Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT), Resource Fair and Gifted 101 Mini-Conference, Saturday, March 10, 2012. Morning and afternoon presentations on Levels of Giftedness.

Westwood, California, November 22, 2011. Workshop for families on How to Encourage Your Gifted Child to Listen to Parents and TeachersClick here for more information.

Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT) Fall Conference, Minneapolis, November 12, 2011. Breakout session of Levels of Giftedness.

Beavercreek City Schools, Ohio, November 10 and 11, 2011. Presentation to parents of bright and gifted children Thursday evening, November 10; all-day workshops for educations Friday, November 11.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), 58th Annual Convention, New Orleans, November 3-6, 2011.

Presentation: Using Personality Factors to Support the Social, Emotional & Academic Health of Gifted Children.

MCGT (Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented) Seventh Annual Resource Fair, Saturday, March 19, 2011. Presentations. about "What is Gifted?" and "Education and the Gifted Child."

MCGT (Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented) East Metro Chapter, CHAT Night, Thursday, March 3, 2011. Discussion about guidelines for parenting gifted children, as well as gender issues.

Fourth Global Virtual Meeting in Gifted Education, Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9:00 p.m. CEST/8:00 p.m. UK (check for correct time in your time zone). Dr. Ruf joined with Mary St. George of New Zealand in discussing underachievement.

New Prague Parents Group, Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT), January 20, 2011. Presentation on Levels of Giftedness.

2010 Annual Conference of Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT), November 6, 2010. Book signing.

Yellow Medicine East Schools, Granite Falls, MN, November 5, 2010. Workshops with teachers and parents.

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY), October 30, 2010. Presentation to parents of students in the YES (Your Extraordinary Saturday) program.

2010 Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, May 16, 17 and 18. Presentation on Designing and Validating an On-Line Qualitative Ability Instrument for Ages Two to Six Years.      

Perth Modern School, Australia, February 22, 2010. Teacher workshop.

Moerlina School, Mount Claremont, Australia, February 16, 2010. Presentation on How Schools Teach the Smartest Kids to be Underachievers.

Hudson Road Family Centre, Bunbury, Australia, February 15, 2010. Presentation on Keys to Successfully Parenting the Highly Gifted Child.

ABC South West WA Radio, Perth, Australia, Interview on February 10, 2010.

Personality profiling workshops, question and answer sessions, and small group presentations in the area of Perth, Australia, February 10, 11, 23, and 24, 2010.

University of Western Australia, February 9, 2010: Presentation to educators and parents re: Bright Child or Gifted? Does the Difference Matter?

NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children, Westmead, Australia,February 8, 2010: Presentation on characteristics and needs of gifted children.

ABC Radio National, Sydney, Australia - February 8, 2010, Interview by Richard Aedy.

Iowa Gifted and Talented Association Annual Conference (ITAG)- October 5 and 6, Iowa City/Coralville, Iowa, Keynotes and Presentations.

Chaska Area MCGT Chapter Meeting – March 23, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Bluff Creek Elementary, Chanhassen, MN, “Social & Emotional Issues of the Gifted.”

Minnesota Mensa Regional Gathering (RG), April 24-26, 2009, Holiday Inn Express, Eagan, MN, "How Your Myers-Briggs' Type Affected Your School Performance."

MCGT 2e Panel – September 27, 2008, Edina Community Center, MN.

Paper Presentation – Wallace Research Symposium, University of Iowa, May 19, 2008. Topic: “Parent and Gifted Child Personality Types and School Adjustment”

IECA Keynote Address – May 14, 2008, Independent Educational Consultants Association Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN. Topic: “Underperforming Smart Kids: How to Guide Them to the Right Schools”

NAGC Conference, Minneapolis, November 7 to 11, 2007. Topic: “How Parents Can Identify Their Child's Level of Giftedness Prior to Formal Testing”

The Nueva School’s Gifted Learning Conference: October 26, 2007.
Presentation on Keys to Successfully Parenting the Highly Gifted Child.

Palo Alto Unified School District (GATE Program): October 25, 2007.
Presentation to parents on Parenting the Highly Gifted Child.

Austin Public Schools: October 9, 2007.
Presentation to parents on Personality Types and Intelligence.

Ohio Association for Gifted Children fall conference: October 7-8, 2007.
Parent Day keynote on Levels and Profiles of Giftedness; Monday keynote Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind; two other small sessions.

Minnesota Mensa Regional Gathering: September 28-30, 2007.
Topics include Gifted Adults: Their Past, Present and Future, and How Personality Type Affects Adjustment for the Gifted.

Mensa AG, July 4-8, 2007, Birmingham, Alabama.

Davidson conference, summer 2007. (not open to public)

Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA) Monday, May 7, 2007, Madden’s Resort, Brainerd.
Session Presenter: Levels of Giftedness (10:00 a.m.) Session Presenter: Levels and Profiles of Giftedness: What Each Level Needs – Answers for Schools (11:00 a.m.)

Minnesota Parent Institute [National Association for Gifted Children Parent Trust], Saturday, April 28, 2007. Capitol Hill Gifted Magnet School, 560 Concordia St. Paul, Minnesota.
Speaking and presenting: Levels and Profiles of Giftedness; and What Each Level Needs.

Minnesota Council of Gifted and Talented (MCGT) CHAT Night, April 5, 2007, 7-8:30 p.m., Lynhurst Community Center, 50th Street and Humboldt Avenue South, Minneapolis. (CHAT is for Connect, Help, Advocate, Talk.)
Lead Chat about the topic of highly gifted.

Beacon Academy Golden Valley, Minnesota, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at 8:30 a.m. (Not open to the public)
Lecture: Levels of Giftedness and What Each Level Needs.

St. Mary’s University, Roseville, Thursday, February 8, 2007.
Guest lecturer for certificate course on gifted and talented.

Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, Colorado, Monday, November 27, 2006.
Dr. Ruf will address educators and parents on levels of giftedness.

East Metro Chapter, Minnesota Council of Gifted and Talented (MCGT), site to be determined, Thursday 7:00 p.m., November 9, 2006.

NAGC Convention (National Association for Gifted Children), Charlotte, North Carolina, November 2-5, 2006.
Session Presenter (with Keri Guilbault): "How Personality Affects Individual Attitudes Toward Global Caring."
Poster Sessions: "Early Childhood Behaviors as Predictors of Unusually High Intelligence"; and, with Keri Guilbault and Catherine Barney, "American Mensa's Gifted Children's Program: Supporting Gifted Children and Their Families."

ECHA 2006 Conference (European Council for High Ability), Helsinki, Finland, September 11-18, 2006.
Session Presenter: "Personality and Individual Attitudes Toward Global Caring"; and "More than IQ: How Sex and Personality Affect School Behavior."

MENSA World Gathering, Orlando, Florida, August 9-13, 2006.
Session Presenter: "Why Do So Many Smart People Not Fulfill Their Promise?"; "Levels and Profiles of Giftedness: How the 98th Percentile Can Look So Different"; and "Gifted Children, Gifted Adults: What Do the Scores Mean?"
Also, along with Keri Guilbault and Kathe Oliver, Deborah will present a Meet and Greet for all current or potential Gifted Children's Coordinators, members of the Gifted Children's Program Committee, and any and all families and individuals who would like to learn more about the GCP.

SENG Conference 2006 (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), Irvine, California, July 7-9, 2006.
Session Presenter: "Different Levels and Profiles of Giftedness Have Different Educational Needs."

Oregon Mensa Annual Conference, Portland, OR, Friday through Sunday, April 28-30, 2006. Keynote speaker.

Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) of Montgomery County, Hershey, PA Friday, March 17, 2006. Featured speaker on Levels and Profiles of Giftedness.

Connecticut Association for the Gifted, Minds in Motion Westport, CT Saturday, March 11, 2006. Keynote to parents.

California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Annual Conference Palm Springs, CA, Friday through Sunday, March 3 to 5, 2006.
Dr. Ruf made two presentations: Saturday, March 4 on Early Childhood Behaviors Related to Intelligence Levels and Sunday, March 5 on Levels of Giftedness: Affordable System Wide Differentiation

Ramlynn Montessori School, Bloomington MN, Monday, February 27, 2006
Keynote: Levels & Profiles of Intelligence

Milford Schools and Southwest Ohio Coordinators of the Gifted, Milford, OH, Friday, February 24, 2006.
The keynote presentation to educators and parents focused on the social and emotional issues of gifted children.

Interview by Ember Reichgott Junge, on her Women on the Move radio show on AM 950 Air America Minnesota, Saturday, February 11, 2006.

Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented Annual Conference Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN Sunday through Tuesday, February 5 to 7, 2006.
Topics: Levels and Profiles of Giftedness: Why Does It Matter? and
How to Individualize for Different Levels of Giftedness: Practical Suggestions

Interview by Ember Reichgott Junge, on her Women on the Move radio show, Thursday, February 2, 2006.
Aired on live Internet radio on the VoiceAmerica Channel.

Radio Interview with Jerry Reno on Drive Time Des Moines (Iowa), WHO Radio. Thursday, January 9, 2006.