women in stem

05 Mar Ten Inspiring Quotes from Women in STEM

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing & Communications Coordinator March is Women’s History Month and, to celebrate, let’s look at wise words from ten women who have made great gains in STEM fields throughout history. Maryam Mirzakhani, Groundbreaking Mathematician "I like crossing the imaginary boundaries people set up between different...

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20 Feb Giftedness Finds a Home

by Abby Daniels, Director of Development & Communications “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” -Benjamin Franklin In August of 2017, IEA’s long search to find a permanent physical space to offer our classes,...

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13 Feb Why I Want to Return to Yunasa

by Hayden Best, Yunasa Camper and CDB Scholar The first time I went to Yunasa in 2015, I was extremely nervous. At the time, I was pretty much the textbook introvert, having been homeschooled for almost two years. Additionally, I had gone the year before to...

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23 Jan What My Mentor Taught Me, Part 2

by Matthew Burke, EXPLORE Alumnus In ninth grade, while studying for midterms and slogging through term papers, I started daydreaming about how I wanted to spend my summer.  Ideally, I wanted to do scientific research, but given my age, I wasn’t sure what types of opportunities...

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gifted student mentor

16 Jan What My Mentor Taught Me, Part 1

by Jocelyn Shen, EXPLORE Alumna As an intern at the UCLA Department of Biomathematics for the past two summers, I have developed as a researcher, as well as a person, under the mentorship of Dr. Van Savage. Two years ago, when I first started the EXPLORE...

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american education week 2017

09 Jan Why We Love Academy

It’s always a joy to watch our Academy students be challenged by the enrichment classes we offer, ranging from Kitchen Chemistry to Myths and Monsters. Academy allows the gifted students we serve engage with a community of peers and return home eager to talk about...

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02 Jan IEA 2017 Highlights

by Niña Abonal, Senior Program Coordinator To celebrate the beginning of a new year, we wanted to take a look back at some noteworthy moments from 2017! IEA has expanded and bought a house! Through the generosity of our donors, IEA was able to purchase a beautiful craftsman...

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top 10 blog posts of 2017

26 Dec Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

Here were the Institute for Educational Advancement's top blog posts in 2017: Why Are So Many Gifted Children Also Highly Sensitive? An explanation of what it means to be highly sensitive, as well as a summary of the many pros and some cons of being a HSP.   25...

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light-up holiday cards

12 Dec Light-Up Holiday Cards: Circuit Style

by Morgan Carrion, Assistant to the President Pour some hot coco; grab your scissors, tape and glue. Science + crafts who knew?! Look no further for a holiday craft bound to brighten the season. Below you’ll find instructions for how to make a light up card using a simple...

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05 Dec An Evening to Celebrate Gifted Education

by Abby Daniels, Director of Development & Communications On November 17th, under twinkling patio lights amidst festive fall décor, a vibrant group of gifted education advocates gathered to support the Institute for Educational Advancement’s (IEA) programs and services. IEA’s annual fundraiser, the Awards Dinner & Celebration, was...

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myths about gifted

28 Nov Myths About Gifted Kids

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing and Communications Coordinator There are a lot of myths out there about gifted students. Today I want to highlight and debunk some of the most common ones we hear in the course of our work advocating for gifted kids. Gifted Students Don’t Need...

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giving thanks 2017

21 Nov Giving Thanks 2017

As Thanksgiving approaches, we’d like to take a few minutes to give thanks to our IEA community! Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who devote their time and resources to support IEA’s programs and services. Whether it’s helping decorate our new learning space, facilitating...

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american education week 2017

14 Nov American Education Week 2017

by Nicole Endacott, Program Assistant Happy American Education Week! Every year, American Education Week celebrates individuals and organizations that ensure every child receives a quality education. Whether you are a parent, student, educator, or other supporter of learning, there are things you can do to honor...

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07 Nov Fall 2017 Academy Student Spotlight

by Alexis Hopper, Academy Program Coordinator The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us...

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managing perfectionism

31 Oct Perfectionism and Ways to Manage It

by Qiao Li, Coordinator The tendency to be a perfectionist is within all of us. As I start writing this blog, I find myself typing and deleting, starring at the screen trying to brainstorm the perfect sentence to write. Perfect sentence to write? That sounds oxymoronic! Perfectionism...

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inspirational books

24 Oct Inspirational Books for Gifted Students

by Kelly Gray, Development Assistant While certain tasks or assignments may come easier for gifted students, it does not mean that they do not struggle or have setbacks. In many cases, due to the very high expectations gifted students set for themselves, they can face even...

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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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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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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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