student transitions

17 Oct Successful Student Transitions

by Malaina Kapoor, 2015 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar, originally written for the Christensen Institute Innovative schools are on the rise across the world and are transforming the way we think about K–12 education. These schools are no longer following the traditional model of education. They are...

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10 Oct Honoring Three Gifted Education Rock Stars

by Abby Daniels, Director of Development & Communications On Friday, November 17th, the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) will honor three tremendous individuals who have worked to address the needs of gifted education in our community. Here’s a little bit more about them. Raising the Bar for...

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pipeline

03 Oct Alumni Interview: IEA’s Pipeline Program

Pipeline to Success was a pilot program developed by IEA in partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and Avery Dennison Foundation. Designed specifically to serve highly able, underserved youth in PUSD, the program ran from 1999 to 2010. The program provided gifted middle and...

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teacher

26 Sep How to Talk to Your Child’s Teacher

by Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant As an involved parent and professional working within the education system, I have attended numerous parent teacher conferences throughout the years. First, as a parent of three gifted children; second, as a professional support staff working with teachers and parents; third,...

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2017 caroline d bradley scholars

12 Sep Announcing the 2017 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars!

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is excited to announce that 28 middle-schoolers from across the country have been named 2017 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars. The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is a four-year high school scholarship for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high...

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IEA Alumni

05 Sep How IEA Shaped My Life

By Byron Lichtenstein - CDB Scholar, Yunasa Camper,  Apprentice, IEA Board Member My relationship with IEA began in 2002 when I was a seventh grader. I grew up the product of 40-student classrooms and overworked teachers in a large California public school system. At age 7,...

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29 Aug Snapshots of Summer

From staff members traveling to conduct CDB Scholarship interviews, Yunasa camps teeming with energetic campers, Academy classes bustling with curious learners, and EXPLORE students externing at sites all over Los Angeles, summertime at IEA is nothing short of eventful. Not only are all our programs...

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summer at iea

22 Aug Four Things I Learned During My Summer at IEA

by Heather Honig, IEA Intern This summer, I came home from college hoping to gain experience working for a non-profit organization. While I still have some time before I have to choose a career path, I have always been passionate about giving back to my community....

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academy

15 Aug Brains, Science and Academy

By Cadence, 8, Academy Student This summer, I took two Academy classes, Brain Function and Algorithms in Nature and Technology, taught by instructor Ms. Nathalie Blume. Ms. Nathalie kindly connected me with Dr. Wendy Gilmore, Associate Professor of Neurology and Cell and Neurobiology in the Multiple...

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websites for gifted kids

08 Aug Ten Websites for Gifted Kids

We asked our community what websites they recommend for gifted kids. Here’s what they had to say! Byrdseed “Byrdseed is all about better understanding our gifted learners. Stick around and you’ll learn how to differentiate lessons, teach across the content areas, and appreciate gifted kids’ unique social...

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reading

01 Aug What We’re Reading: Summer 2017

Are you looking for a summer book recommendation? Check out what we at IEA are currently enjoying! Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon "The book takes off from the old adage about an apple not falling far from the tree. Each chapter focuses in tremendous detail...

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caroline d. bradley

25 Jul Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Alumni Give Back

by Kelly Gray, Administrative Assistant Each year the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) awards the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB) to approximately 30 highly-gifted students. The scholarship provides funding to attend a high school best suited to meet their unique intellectual and personal needs as well...

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gifted parenting

18 Jul Oops! Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Said That!

by Jim Delisle, Educator, Author and Yunasa Fellow As parents, each of us has the unique opportunity to be embarrassed by something we said to our children. Whether spoken out of anger, tiredness or an awkward attempt to be funny, adults (present company included…) sometimes regret...

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11 Jul Ready, Set, EXPLORE!

by Niña Abonal, EXPLORE Program Coordinator IEA’s EXPLORE program is in full swing! This year, the selection and placement process was especially competitive as students vied for a chance to work with distinguished mentors and sites willing to host only a selected number of students. In addition...

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03 Jul “Gifted” Gets it Right

By Elizabeth D. Jones, President and Co-Founder of the Institute for Educational Advancement. The film Gifted staring Chris Evans and Jenny Slate, released for video next week, introduces audiences to a cute and very precocious young girl, Mary (McKenna Grace), whose advanced intellectual ability and quick verbal...

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gifted children

29 Jun 10 Reasons Your Child Should Participate in Academy

by Abby Daniels, Director of Development & Communications at IEA Looking for ways to keep your gifted child active and engaged this summer? We’ve got the answer for you:  IEA Academy. We’ve put together our top 10 reasons for you to enroll your gifted and talented...

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Silly Faces

27 Jun Boredom, Burnout, and Balance

by Qiao Li, Coordinator “I’m bored out of my mind” says a piano student who practiced for hours every day under the diligent watch of his parent. How could someone work so much and be so bored? People who work and study for the sake of doing, or...

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20 Jun Managing the Crazy Intense Moments

Written by Heather Boorman of The Fringy Bit I still don’t quite know how it happened. One minute, my 3 kiddos and I were sitting at the dinner table, laughing and enjoying a conversation that (miracle of miracles) didn’t involve arguing over who’s turn it was...

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uniqueness

13 Jun Uniqueness

by Stephanie Tolan, M.A., Author and Senior Fellow The word unique is very often misused in our country. It means “one of a kind.” So something has to be either unique or not unique. It can’t be very, or especially, or extraordinarily. And I cannot be more...

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06 Jun Tell Us Your Story: Early Graduation

It is not uncommon for gifted students to finish their high school coursework before the age of 18. At this juncture they must decide whether to pursue early college admission, or other options. When done correctly, allowing a student to advance academically can be a...

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advocating

30 May Advocating for Your Gifted Child

by Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant When you recognize that your child may be gifted, and has not been identified as such, or has been identified as gifted but is not reaching his/her potential, then you will need to advocate for your child so they will receive...

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resume writing

16 May Résumé Writing 101

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations As the head of the HR department, I am usually one of the first gatekeepers in receiving applications for employment. At IEA, because we work with highly intelligent children and families, we insist on high quality employees.  This means that...

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09 May Thank You, Teachers!

by Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator In celebration of National Teacher Day, we would like to extend a thank you to all the educators who shape the lives of students across the country. Thank You, Mattie Whyte Woodridge Pioneer of Teacher Appreciation Day Teacher Appreciation Day was not always marked...

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overthinking

01 May Overthinking: When Your Mind Won’t Turn Off

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Overthinking. The irony in writing about this topic, is that I kept overthinking it. What direction should I take? What tips should I offer? Where can I find the best research? What if my post doesn’t hold up against...

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