Fireside Chat with the Fellows

Thursday, January 8, 2015
6:00pm Wine and Cheese Reception
6:30pm to 8:00pm Small Group Conversations
Institute for Educational Advancement
569 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased here.

Please join us for an evening of engaging conversation with IEA's Senior and Yunasa Fellows. These individuals have years of experience working with gifted youth and shaping gifted discourse in the United States through education, curriculum development, psychology practice, research, and writing.

Following a wine and cheese reception with the Fellows, you will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with each Fellow for conversation and questions.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.

Gifted Child Parent Support Group Meetings

During the school year, IEA hosts monthly Gifted Child Parent Support Group meetings. These free meetings are intended for parents of gifted children, to provide support and community in the midst of the joys and challenges of raising a gifted child. 

The next meeting will feature an expert guest speaker on the topic of assessment:

Gifted Testing and Assessment
Speaker: Dr. Timothy Gunn
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Institute for Educational Advancement
569 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
RSVP for this event here.


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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 626-403-8900 or


Summer Program Photos

Summer 2014 was a great success! Check out some of the highlights:

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IEA Summer Spotlight 2014



IEA Has Moved!

We are excited to announce that we have moved into our new home, which was graciously gifted to us by a generous donor. Our new address is:


Institute for Educational Advancement
569 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101


IEA Receives the NAGC Annemarie Roeper Global Awareness Award

We are honored to be the first organization to receive the National Association for Gifted Children Global Awarenes Network's Annemarie Roeper Award! IEA's Yunasa summer camp was honored alongside Dr. Linda Silverman, Director of the Gifted Development Center and the first individual recipient of the award, at the 2013 NAGC Conference in Indianapolis. Thank you to NAGC and the Global Awareness Network for this great honor!

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Thank You for Your Support of IEA's Moonlight & Stars Benefit Dinner

Thank you to all of those who joined us for a very special evening under the stars celebrating IEA’s 15 years of connecting bright minds and recognizing Dr. Henri Ford and Mr. Stan Kong for their service to IEA's Apprenticeship Program and the Los Angeles community.

Dr. Ford is the Vice President and Chief of Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and has been an IEA Apprenticeship Mentor for 7 years. Mr. Kong is Head of Product Design at Pasadena City College as well as a faculty member of the Graduate Industrial Design program at Art Center College of Design and has been an IEA Apprenticeship Mentor for 14 years.

For 15 years, IEA has directly served more than 1,900 gifted students and their families. The Moonlight & Stars Benefit Dinner raised funds for IEA’s unique programs supporting gifted students. Proceeds from this event will help us continue inspiring youth to reach for the stars.

To see highlights and photos from the event, click here.


Academy Classes

Academy provides exciting supplemental courses to promote higher level thinking skills, creativity and community among gifted students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

For applications and more information about Academy classes, please see our Academy page

To be notified when details about future Academy sessions become available, please join our email list.


Apprenticeship Program

The Institute for Educational Advancement offers a summer Apprenticeship Program that links gifted high school students from across the country with Mentors who advance each participant's skills through the application of knowledge and exposure to real world experiences. These life lessons in personal and intellectual development are invaluable to their growth and assist them in making pertinent connections for the future.

To be notified when Apprenticeship 2015 details become available, please join our email list.


Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

The Institute for Educational Advancement's Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship awards highly gifted 7th grade applicants with a four-year scholarship to a high school that fits their individual intellectual and personal needs. The application deadline for the 2014 Scholarship was May 2, 2014.  To be notified when details for the 2015 Scholarship become available, please join our email list.

To see the list of 2014 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars, click here.


Yunasa & Yunasa West

The Institute for Educational Advancement's pioneering Yunasa and Yunasa West summer camps unite highly able 10- to 14-year-olds with experts in the social and emotional development of gifted children. In a nurturing setting, campers explore and grow the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical aspects of their lives.

To be notified when Yunasa and Yunasa West 2015 details become available, please join our email list.


Recent News

IEA Senior Fellow Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden received the 2014 National Association for Gifted Children Global Awareness Network's Annemarie Roeper Award! Congratulations to Dr. Gatto-Walden on receiving this much-deserved honor!

IEA Board Member and Yunasa Fellow Jim Delisle has released a new book on gifted education: Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can Do to Fight Back).

2010 CDB Scholar Valerie Ding has teamed up with Sweety High’s Girl Power Blog to promote and discuss girls in STEM fields through three blog posts:
Valerie Ding on Quantum Physics and Solar Power
Valerie Ding on CERN Collaboration and the Piano
Valerie Ding on Girls in STEM

2013 Apprentice Sneha Chidambaram wrote an article during her Media Relations and Social Media Apprenticeship at USC that was published on the USC News and USC Marshall School of Business websites.  You can read her piece here.

2011 CDB Scholar and high school freshman Anirudh Jain was selected as the winner of the United States Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), “the world’s most prestigious award for water-related science and technology projects.” Anirudh will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, in September to represent the U.S. at the International SJWP competition with his project, “Use of Sulfidation as a Novel Method for Reducing the Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticle Pollution.” Congratulations, Anirudh! Best of luck at the international competition!

2012 CDB Scholar Isaiah Schrader wrote an Op-Ed piece that was published on the Washington Post Education Blog, "The Answer Sheet." Great work, Isaiah!

Congratulations to 2010 CDB Scholar Kiran Sridhar, who was selected as a Montage Memory Maker for his creation of Waste No Food, a web-based nonprofit that allows food donors to efficiently donate to charities! Thank you to all who supported this member of the IEA community by voting! You can view all of the Montage Memory Makers, young adults doing amazing work in their communities, here.

Congratulations to 2012 CDB Scholars Eliza Khokhar, James Lin and Daniel Chiu for their outstanding performances at the 2013 National MathCounts Competition! James's team (Massachusetts) won the National Team Championship title, and James and Daniel were both top 12 individual finishers! James was also selected to be one of the six middle school students for Natioal Middle School Team for Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad  in Turkey. Great work!

Congratulations to 2008 CDB Scholar Kate Nelson and her classmates! Their YouTube channel Amor Sciendi was named one of the “10 Next YouTube EDU Gurus” by YouTube and Khan Academy!

A piece 2012 Apprentice Hunter Whitaker-Morrow wrote during his Media Relations and Social Media Apprenticeship at USC was published on the USC Marshall School of Business website.  You can read his piece here.

In the fall, 2012 Industrial Design Apprentices Derron and Paris Lewis exhibited work they developed in History Miami’s Teen Miami exhibition. Congratulations on the great work, Derron and Paris!

2005 Caroline D. Bradley Alum Jillian Dorr, a junior at Clemson University, was one of two scholarship recipients from the American Forest and Paper Association for excellence in package design. Great work, Jillian!

IEA consultant Kate Duey was recently interviewed for a wonderful piece about challenges and opportunities in education for gifted students working at the college level on the blog Daily Edventures.

2010 CDB Scholar Harry Bendekgey created a fun puzzle for the New York Times website! Great work, Harry!

2013 CDB Scholar Talya Klinger received first place at the Junior Classical League Conference in Colorado in April. Congratulations, Talya!

Yunasa 2012 was featured in The Flint Journal! Check out the article

2010 CDB Scholar Connor Shea was selected as a 2013 Davidson Young Scholar Ambassador. Connor will be working to promote STEM education for kids through his blog, STEM4Kids. Congratulations, Connor! We look forward to following your blog and seeing the great ideas you have!

2005 CDB Scholar Nathalie Sun was selected for the inaugural class of Frank Karel Public Interest Communications Fellows! She will be working with Aeras to contribute to the expansion and execution of a social media plan, write and edit content for the website, and contribute to the development of multimedia pieces for the organization.

2003 CDB Scholar Sandra Mukasa has received Princeton University’s Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize, which will support her efforts to carry out a public health project addressing gender inequality and public health in Tanzania. She was also recognized as a Princeton University’s MLK Day Journey Award winner, honoring members of the Princeton community who work to continue efforts to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision, and received Princeton University's Frederick Douglass Award. Congratulations, Sandra! We know you will do great work in Tanzania!

2011 CDB Scholar Anirudh Jain was selected as a regional finalist in the Google Science Fair! There were 30 regional finalists from the Americas region - 13 of whom are in Anirudh's age group of 13-14 years - and 90 worldwide. Congratulations, Anirudh!

2010 CDB Scholar Valerie Ding was honored as a silver medalist at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad in Houston, Texas! Valerie was also one of 12 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) finalists internationally to win an all-expenses-paid trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and took fourth place in Physics and Astronomy at the Intel ISEF. You can read about her experience here. Great work, Valerie! 

2002 CDB Scholar Justine Drennan (from the first class of Scholars), a 2011 Princeton University graduate, was awarded one of 90 Gates Cambridge Scholarships and is currently doing her graduate work at the University of Cambridge in England. Congratulations, Justine!

CDB alum and Stanford University junior Leigh Marshall is on sabbatical through a Mellon Foundation grant as an actress and playwright at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., working with established playwrights and theater professionals.

Seth Freeman, a member of the board of the Institute for Educational Advancement, wrote an article featured in the Huffington Post on the plight of gifted students in the American school system. Click here to read his full article about the gifted and at-risk.


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