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FREE Global Conference on Underachievement January 29, 2011

January 11, 2011
  • You have the chance to collaborate on gifted education with people from Australia, Ireland, UK and Germany — for FREE.On January 29, 2011, the issue will be “Underachiever” and will be presented by international experts Dr. Ruf and Mary St. George through

    Roya Klingner of the Bavarian Centre for Gifted and Talented Children has organized these global events with the purpose of sharing knowledge and experience about gifted education for students, educators, teachers and parents. She has given us the following information on how to sign up for this virtual meeting, which will take place at 9:00 p.m. CEST/8:00 p.m. UK (please check for the correct time in your time zone).

    For more information, please check out the website.

    Deborah Ruf, Ph.D.

    Deborah Ruf, Ph.D., Minneapolis, is a specialist in gifted assessment, test interpretation, and guidance for the gifted. A 2007 recipient of the national Intellectual Benefits Award from the Mensa Education & Research Foundation, she was the National Gifted Children Program Coordinator for American Mensa from 2003 to 2008. Having been a parent, teacher, and administrator in elementary through graduate education, she writes and speaks about school issues and social and emotional adjustment of gifted children. Her award-winning book, 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind), summarizes “levels of intelligence” and highlights the spectrum of giftedness in children. For more information see or

    Mary St George

    Mary St George first trained as an occupational therapist, but when her gifted children began their schooling she realised that their needs were not being met. She retrained as a teacher, with the goal of making a difference for gifted children in New Zealand schools. This ambitious goal is still a work in progress. Mary studied education at the University of Waikato, and gifted education at Massey University. Mary has taught gifted children aged 3-14, and currently works for The Gifted Education Centre in New Zealand, teaching gifted children online and face-to-face.

    Mary has presented on gifted education at the Reaching Forward conference in 2009, and the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness in 2010, and has presented on online learning at New Zealand Shar-E-Fest 2010.

    Registration is easy:
    1. Please create an avatar in secondlife (
    2. Send your avatar´s name to
    3. To participate in this meeting you need a headset.
    4. The meeting will take place in (

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