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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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EXPLORE

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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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

Curated by Niña Abonal, Senior Program Coordinator 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...

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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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Upcoming Events
  1. Spring Academy

    January 22 - April 14
  2. Gifted Support Group: Gifted Resource Swap and Play Date

    February 20 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Genius Day IX: Rachel Carson

    February 24 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  4. Yunasa Camps Application Deadline

    March 12
  5. Gifted Support Group: Homeschool Parent Panel

    March 13 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM