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asking questions

06 Sep Questions

by Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator  “The art and science behind questions is the source of all knowledge” --Thomas Berger, novelist On occasion, I remember to ask my husband questions like, "If you had to write a book, would you write a science fiction novel or historical drama?"...

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gifted community

01 Sep Gifted Community

by Qiao Li, Coordinator Why is Community Important? Community is the foundation of our social life. A healthy community provides support, encouragement, affirmation, and a sense of belonging to all members. Feeling loved and accepted also fosters good behavioral patterns, increase productivity, inspire creativity. Although there are tremendous...

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WASC accreditation

23 Aug IEA is Accredited!

by Tiffany Kwong, Operations Manager We did it!  After months of research, analysis, and reporting, we are pleased to share with you the fantastic news that IEA’s programs are officially accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ASC WASC)!  The...

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road trip

16 Aug Surviving a Road Trip

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations While on a recent road trip, I explored ways to pass the time and make the journey more pleasurable. Eat Well Pack a snack that is healthful and wholesome, rather than sugary or greasy.  This will help prevent the need to...

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09 Aug America, Upward Mobility, and Gifted Education

by Brianna Safe, Resource Coordinator I take it as true that a high percentage of American optimists out there still believe social and economic upward mobility is possible. The American Dream. The belief that if you start at the bottom, you can – through hard work...

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Social Self-Esteem

01 Aug Social Self-Esteem and Gifted Kids

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing and Communications Coordinator I have only been at IEA for six months, but in that time one of the most frequent struggles I have heard from parents is how their child does not fit in socially. This is no surprise, due to...

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EXPLORE Program

26 Jul EXPLORE 2016 Recap

by Niña Abonal, Program Coordinator “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin’s quote embodies the sort of impact a mentor can have in a young person’s life. Mentors are truly extraordinary individuals who are willing to share and...

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Podcasts for Gifted Learners

19 Jul Podcasts for Gifted Learners

by Morgan Carrion, Assistant to the President “Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive…” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables There are many ways to explore and learn new things....

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Summer Spotlight

12 Jul IEA Shines the Spotlight on Summer Students

by Ellen Gruber, Development Coordinator Walking behind the Barder House on Thursday evening, anyone familiar with IEA’s home might have been surprised to see an expansive white tent where a parking lot would normally be, decorated with strings of fluttering red bunting and filled with smiling...

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What We Are Reading

05 Jul What We Are Reading: Summer 2016

Are you looking for a summer book recommendation? Check out what we at IEA are currently enjoying! On The Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks “I have the New York-based podcast, Radiolab, to thank for my fascination and love of the late neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks....

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Yoga Routines for Kids

21 Jun Yoga Routines for Kids

Yoga has been proven to have many benefits for both the mind and body. In addition to toning muscles and improving overall physical health, yoga helps reduce stress, manage anxiety and calm a restless mind. These mental benefits are particularly useful for gifted kids, whose...

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2016 IEA Programs

14 Jun Summer is Here!

We have officially kicked off our summer programming at IEA! We are looking forward to meeting new gifted kids and welcoming back familiar faces. Check out a summary of what is happening in each of our programs below. Academy Summer Academy will feature 16 new classes, including...

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Loving Gifted Children

07 Jun Loving Gifted Children

by Jennifer de la Haye, Program Coordinator Tasked with the mission of writing a blog post, I pondered IEA’s 2016 theme, “Finding and Cultivating Your Voice.” Turning to Thomas Merton, to whom I often turn whilst seeking inspiration, I found this: “The beginning of love is...

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gifted quirks

01 Jun Quirks of the Gifted Brain

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing and Communications Coordinator The gifted brain is a unique place. In fact, it is so unique that many of the complexities of giftedness are still not fully understood. Still, there are some common quirks that have been identified as being associated with...

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Scavenger Hunts

24 May Benefits of Scavenger Hunts

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Happy National Scavenger Hunt Day! Did you know scavenger hunts have numerous benefits for kids? I explore a few below. Build Problem-Solving Skills Hands-on learning has numerous benefits, including increased memory of previously taught concepts. Scavenger hunts allow kids...

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activities to combat boredom

17 May 8 Activities to Combat Boredom

by Tiffany Kwong, Operations Manager With the end of the school year fast-approaching, you may find yourself looking for things to do with your child that are fun, engaging, and educational.  As some of you know, I’m a huge fan of tinkering and believe it’s important...

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Academy Poetry Workshop

10 May Recap: Academy Poetry Workshop

by Cassidy Kao I had the opportunity to lead a poetry workshop, called The Wonderful World of Poems, to a group of five to seven year old students at IEA Academy on April 29, 2016. The goal of the workshop was to teach my students four...

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Teacher Appreciation Day 2016

03 May Without Teachers There Are No Other Professions

by Louise Hindle, Program Manager At a point in the past, in the middle of an unusually busy year of educational change as a high school teacher and administrator, I recall hearing (and being motivated by) this phrase: “Without teachers there are no other professions.” Ah,...

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Gilmore Girls

01 May Gilmore Girls and Two Faces of Giftedness

by Nicole LaChance As a die-hard Gilmore Girls fan dating back to the show’s original run, its coming revival has me very excited. It seems like there is a new article on some aspect of the show every day, from fashion choices to boyfriend debates to...

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gifted whole child

26 Apr Sustaining the Gifted Child

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations Since last week was Earth Week, I thought I’d share one of my favorite pictures with you: [caption id="attachment_6472" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image via Wikipedia[/caption] In 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainability as “development that meets the needs...

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19 Apr Mentoring Matters

By Niña Abonal As we progress through life, we continue to expand our networks and relationships with people in various academic, professional and personal circles. If we are lucky enough, we stumble upon a handful of individuals who nurture our skills and talents, challenge us to...

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gifted resources

12 Apr Learning About Giftedness

by Nicole LaChance Upon accepting my position at IEA I sought to learn more about giftedness in order to communicate our message in the best way possible. I was familiar with giftedness in a general way through my background in educational nonprofits, but wanted to learn...

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05 Apr Three Reasons to Join a Parent Support Group

by Nicole LaChance Parenting a gifted or twice-exceptional child comes with a special set of joys and challenges. I know it’s easy for parents to feel like they are alone in their situation and not receiving support from traditional educational groups and institutions. That is why...

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Bradley Seminar

29 Mar Bradley Seminar 2016

by Brianna Safe, Resource Coordinator “Attention is the doorway to gratitude, to wonder, to reciprocity.” – Robin Wall Kimmerer The annual Bradley Seminar is a place where you can’t help but pay attention. In the blink of an eye, it has come and gone. The Seminar is...

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