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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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genius day

15 Mar The Genius of Genius Day

By Louise Hindle, IEA Program Manager Saturday, March 12th bore witness to our 6th Genius Day, a day of deep learning on the life and legacy of none other than Albert Einstein. In case you didn’t know, our Genius Days are days of investigation into the...

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individualized education

08 Mar The Future of Individualized Education

by Morgan Carrion NPR ed’s website features several articles that discuss various ways in which our current system fails to meet kids where they are. Right next to an article about “The Quiet Revolution” (the movement to acknowledge and better accommodate introverted personalities) is an interview discussing...

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01 Mar Aliens, Math and Jerky

How are aliens related to math? The answer is: in every possible way! From science fiction, to popular culture, to UFO organizations, and even a famous jerky shop half way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas named Alien Fresh Jerky, extraterrestrial life pervades our imagination. The...

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hands-on learning

16 Feb Hands-On Learning and Memory

Tiffany’s recent post on tinkering inspired me to look further into the benefits of hands-on learning. When researching, I found several studies noting various benefits of hands-on experiments in the classroom, from learning teamwork to increased engagement for tactile learners. By far the most prominent,...

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mentoring gifted students

09 Feb Mentoring Gifted Students

Being a gifted child can be difficult. Gifted children often feel misunderstood by their peers and possibly don’t even fully comprehend themselves and their abilities. This can lead to low self-esteem or self-doubt, hindering a child from thriving in school and reaching their full potential. This...

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05 Jan Bored? Make Something!

By Niña Abonal This past November, I had the opportunity to attend NAGC’s Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Although the primary purpose of my trip was to learn more about the changing and ever-growing landscape of gifted education, I also had the privilege of listening to...

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29 Dec Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

Here were the Institute for Educational Advancement's top blog posts in 2015: 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.   The Bright Side of Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children Because...

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22 Dec Deck the Halls!

Unique paper snowflake tutorial inside this post! It was snowing indoors at IEA’s tree-trimming party last Friday as parents, students and staff all worked together to create handcrafted ornaments and paper snowflakes to decorate the Barder House for the holidays. As families munched on cookies and...

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15 Dec What is an Academy?

  What is an Academy? By Louise Hindle Louise is IEA’s Program Manager. A British import, Louise has 20 years of experience in education as a high school literature teacher, lead teacher, administrator, adviser, and consultant. She is also the parent of three fun and active school-aged children. IEA’s...

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27 Oct Imagine the Impact 2015

The long-awaited Pasadena rain abated just in time for an evening filled with laughter, learning and storytelling during IEA’s “Imagine the Impact” fundraising event at the Brookside Golf Club. Long-time IEA supporters and advocates were joined by new faces as we welcomed friends and family...

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13 Oct 2015 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars Named

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) has named 29 young people across the country as its 2015 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars. IEA’s Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, the only merit-based, need-blind high school scholarship in the country, awards highly gifted students nationwide with a four-year scholarship...

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girl cuddling teddy bear outside

06 Oct What My 4-Year-Old Niece Teaches Me about Life

And How That Can Help Gifted Kids By Jennifer Kennedy "Sometimes you need to talk to a two-year-old just so you can understand life again." – Unknown My niece is four years old. She has special needs that cover a wide variety of areas. Every time I am...

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22 Sep Starting the School Year Off Right

By Mark Erlandson Mark Erlandson, the parent of a gifted student who presently attends a boarding school out East, is a former lawyer and public high school English teacher from Wisconsin starting a new business as a legal writing consultant. Sad as it may be for some...

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