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emotional

25 Apr My Smart Kid Is So Emotional–Am I A Parenting Failure?

by Paula Prober, Licensed Counselor and Consultant Your child is emotional. Anxious. Melting down. Telling you that you’re the worst parent. Ever. Not in so many words, necessarily. But still. You know that you’re the worst parent. Ever. “How can such a smart kid behave this way?” you...

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grief

11 Apr Grief, Loss and Gifted

by Heather Boorman, LICSW, LCSW, and Co-Founder of The Fringy Bit Whether we believe it or not, Spring has sprung. Often, we think of new growth, new life, and renewal, but spring can also hold an underpinning of grief and loss. As soon as the weather warms...

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poetic

04 Apr Poetic, Mythological Constellation Mysteries

by Cassidy Kao, Academy Student Hi everyone! My name is Cassidy and I am eleven years old. I’m also the author of Constellation Exploration: Greek Mythical Stories Retold with Simple Facts and Fun and Mysterious Riddles, Roller Coaster: Kid’s Guide on How to Write Poetry, and...

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gifted on screen

28 Mar Gifted on Screen

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing & Communications Coordinator I have a confession to make: I’m a pop culture nerd. I often find myself responding to situations with movie or TV quotes and can ace most pop culture-themed categories on Jeopardy!, another obsession of mine. So, when I...

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bradley seminar

22 Mar Bradley Seminar 2017

by IEA Staff “It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Every year, the Bradley Seminar brings together our national cohort of current Caroline D. Bradley Scholars along with alumni, parents, educators, guest speakers and IEA...

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poll

15 Mar First-Ever Poll of Voters About Gifted Learners Finds Strong Bipartisan Support For Increasing Funding and Resources for High-Potential Students

At a gathering of gifted learning community leaders today in the nation’s capitol, a first-of-its-kind poll was released by the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), that finds overwhelming bipartisan public support for increased funding for programs and resources for gifted students. The poll, conducted by Benenson...

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excitabilities

14 Mar A Basketball Center En Pointe and Parabolas on the Fairway

by Kate Duey, Certified College Consultant March Madness in almost here, making college basketball top-of-mind. And so I perked up at last week’s California Association for the Gifted Conference when Dr. Sandra Kaplan mentioned that UCLA’s basketball team takes ballet classes. This caused me to sit...

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intense kids

07 Mar Intense Kids, Intense Parents — Tips for Managing the Mayhem

by Paula Prober, Licensed Counselor and Consultant How do you manage your emotions and your sensitivities while raising your super intense super smart children? How do you raise your children without unconsciously repeating the patterns set down by your own parents? I’m guessing that you think about this a lot....

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yunasa

28 Feb Yunasa: On My Way Home

by Hannah, Yunasa Camper Do you fit in? Do you have friends? Do you filter your feelings, your thoughts, your ideas or your words when around others? Have you “played the part” to be accepted?  Are you worried about losing your true self?  Do you wonder...

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gifted child

21 Feb Along the Journey of Raising a Gifted Child

by Michelle Bodwell, LMFT, ATR As parents of gifted children, we all have our own memories of the moment or moments which led to our realization that we had a gifted child. Whether it was the comment of another, the feedback from an evaluation, or our...

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STEAM activities

14 Feb Valentine’s Day STEAM Activities

by Tiffany Kwong, Operations Manager I have a confession:  I love the holidays.  I’m one of those people who will try to incorporate some kind of festive craft or hands-on activity into every major holiday.  Believe me, I have an entire closet devoted to materials for...

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blind drawings

24 Jan Blind Drawings, Humility and Perspective

by Morgan Carrion, Assistant to the President  “The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside by a generous hand. But- and this is the point- who gets excited by a mere penny? But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that...

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building bridges

17 Jan Building Bridges

by Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator Of all the meanings and usage of the word “bridge," my favorite has to be “a time, place, or means of connection or transition” (Merriam-Webster’s dictionary). Academy’s teacher workshop, held this past Saturday at our learning space in San Marino, was just...

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national mentoring month

10 Jan Pay it Forward: National Mentoring Month

by Niña Abonal, EXPLORE Program Coordinator January not only kickstarts the New Year, but also the beginning of the National Mentoring Month campaign. Since 2002, former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have endorsed the movement to increase public awareness about the importance of...

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reflections and resolutions

03 Jan Reflections and Resolutions

by Kelly Gray, Administrative Assistant The end of one year and the beginning of a new one always bring about the opportunity to reflect, as well as make resolutions for the future. At the end of 2016, IEA staff took some time to look back our...

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27 Dec Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

Here were the Institute for Educational Advancement's top blog posts in 2016: 25 of Our Favorite Gifted Kid Movies Our social media community and the IEA staff weighed in on their favorite movies featuring gifted children and young adults.   Podcasts for Gifted Learners Gifted children love to learn and...

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Movie Date

20 Dec My Movie Date with the President!

by Hari Bhimaraju, 2016 CDB Scholar I wanted to share with you all a very special experience I had recently! I just came back from the White House and let me just say AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! Starting Thursday morning and ending Friday night, those were some of the most fantastic...

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brain tells

06 Dec Brain Tells

by Qiao Li, Coordinator Learning about the brain development of gifted children gave me a deeper understanding of their heightened experience and unique learning needs. At IEA’s monthly Gifted Support Group, Dr. Nicole Tetreault, Dr. Joanna Haase, and Dr. Sharon Duncan from Gifted Research and Outreach (GRO)...

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child activists

01 Dec Child Activists: Ten Stories about Inspirational Kids

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Most of us know the incredible story of Malala Yousafzai who, after being shot while trying to attend school, became a world-renowned activist for girls’ right to an education. Fortunately, there are several children like Yousafzai who do not...

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giving thanks

22 Nov Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we would like to take a few minutes to give thanks to our IEA community. Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who devote their time and resources to help IEA run smoothly. From organizing files in the office...

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imagine the possibilities

15 Nov Imagine the Possibilities

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Earlier this month, a few IEA staff members attended the National Association for Gifted Children’s 63rd Annual Convention. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Imagine the Possibilities,” with a focus on what could happen if all gifted children...

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