In August 2007 England was host of the 17th Biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Conference.
I attended that Conference and met a lot of great people there. One of them was Jackie Drummer with her husband. Since we share the same passion, we became friends very quickly. She is a truely passionate gifted educator and always ready to give her support, when it is needed. I appreciate her work and friendship a lot.
Who is Jackie Drummer?
Jackie Drummer is a Past President of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted. She has taught in all levels of education, from early childhood to graduate school, and is currently the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Differentiation Specialist for the School District of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jackie is in high demand as an educational consultant, and has presented in over sixty school districts and educational agencies in the United States on topics related to gifted education, co-teaching, differentiation, and coaching teachers to higher levels of effectiveness. Jackie has been described as a „teacher’s teacher,“ and is a certified literacy, team/organizational, and transformational coach. She is the wife of a gifted artist, and the mother of three grown gifted children, and her passion is helping people of all ages reach their fullest potential. In her spare time, she can be found writing, traveling, and making beautiful music with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Today is her birthday but she agreed to give me her time for this interview. I hope you will enjoy and take her advice to heart.
„Happy Birthday Jackie!“
I have so many questions about gifted children and I am still learning. What about you? There are so many great educators all around the world, who are working for gifted children. One of them is my friend, Dr. Deborah Ruf.
I have never met her in person but we have become good friends. I asked her to give a lecture at the 4th Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education in Secondlife about Underachiever on January 29th 2011. She did a great job with her avatar. We need more such passionate and talented gifted educators like her and I am so proud to call her my friend.
Who is Dr. Deborah Ruf?
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 http://www.educationaloptions.com or http://www.talentigniter.com.
Today at 5pm (German time) I interviewed her about gifted children, good advice for parents and teachers. Afterward I created this video and I hope you will enjoy it. I love to read her blogs: http://talentigniter.com/blog and follow her on twitter: @deborahruf
Thank you very much for this interview my dear Deborah!