Events | Institute for Educational Advancement

IEA hosts a variety of events throughout the year for gifted youth, parents, and supporters. Events include family nights, Gifted Child Parent Support Group meetings, community building events, and fundraisers.

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, please browse the calendar below.


Program Dates



January 27-April 27, 2020
Early Bird Application Deadline: January 3, 2020
Final Application Deadline: January 17, 2020
*No classes March 30 – April 4, 2020 (Spring Break)


Early Bird Application Deadline May 4, 2020
Application Deadline May 27, 2020
Session I Start/End June 15 – June 26, 2020
Session II Start/End July 6 – July 17, 2020
Session III Start/End July 20 – July 31, 2020
Fall Open House August 14, 2020


Session I: June 15–July 3, 2020
Session II: July 6–July 24, 2020
Sessions I + II: June 15–July 24, 2020
Session III: July 20-July 31, 2020
*Mandatory Program Orientation Required: Sessions I & II on Saturday, June 13, 2020 Session III on July 18, 2020


The Greenhouse Effect: What it is, how humans impact it, and its effect on Earth systems
Saturday, February 8th, 10:30 am-1:00 pm

The Ecology of Desert Biological Soil Crusts, from Mosses to Metagenomes – Returning LABS Speaker Dr. Kirsten Fisher
Saturday, February 29th, 10:30 am-1:00 pm

Cancer: What it is and How Scientific Research Kills It 
*San Mateo Based
Saturday, March 7th, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Yunasa West 

June 6-13, 2020

Yunasa Michigan 

July 24 – August 1, 2020

Gifted Support Groups

Cultivating Resilience and Connectedness in Gifted Children Through the Great Outdoors
Speaker: Betsy Jones, President & Co-Founder, Institute for Educational Advancement
Tueday, March 3rd • 6:00 p.m.

Aspects of the Twice-Exceptional (2e) Learner
Speakers: Ann Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Gifted Support Center & Vivien Keil, Clinical Director at the Children’s Health Council (CHC) in Palo Alto.
Tueday, April 21st • 6:30 p.m.

Preparing for and Launching a Gifted Student into Young Adulthood and Independence
Speaker: Dan Greenwood, Educational Consultant, Greenwood Associates
Thursday, May 28th • 6:00 p.m.