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30 Mar Spring Blooms Scavenger Hunt

By Rachel Hanks, Communications Assistant Here in Los Angeles, it’s been raining quite a bit this month. With the dreary weather on top of spending a lot of time inside recently, I almost completely forgot that as of March 19, it’s now officially spring! One of...

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24 Mar Virtual Learning Lab: Introduction to Probability I

What is probability? How is it applicable to our daily lives? In this video, 2023 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar Arul Kolla discusses probability and its mathematical and practical applications. We explore the notation used by mathematicians, probability trees and sample spaces, the Principle of Inclusion-Exclusion,...

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23 Mar Virtual Learning Lab: Mindfulness Exploration

Other than providing our bodies with necessary oxygen, why is breathing important? Taking deep breaths has shown to slow the heartbeat, stabilize blood pressure and lower stress. In this breathing exercise and guided meditation, Yunasa Program Coordinator Qiao Li provides useful tips to apply mindfulness...

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09 Mar Why We Need the Label

by Jennifer de la Haye When I summarize IEA’s work to people outside our network: “…we are an educational nonprofit that works with gifted kids,” I am often met with skepticism and confusion. The most common response I have received is, “I believe all kids are...

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03 Mar Leaders of a New Generation

“You’re never too young to change the world.” There was a time when children were taught to be “seen and not heard,” and yet today, many of the world’s most powerful leaders and harbingers for change are under the age of 20. Here are five inspiring...

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28 Feb Happy Leap Day!

By Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations My cousin’s birthday is February 28.  I often think that, had she been born one day later, she would be a quarter of her age.  Of course, she wouldn’t really only be ¼ of her years, but would only...

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25 Feb 5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Working with Gifted Kids

By Nicole Endacott, IEA Program Coordinator After working with gifted kids for over the past three years at IEA, Program Coordinator Nicole Endacott shares the 5 lessons she has learned from our inspiring students.  There are infinite types of “smart.” The kids who are gifted aren’t always...

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11 Feb Practicing Kindness at Yunasa

By Qiao Li, Program Coordinator  Yunasa camps are designed to work with gifted and highly gifted children to nurture balance and stimulate growth in the whole self.  At Yunasa, we work with experts in gifted education to provide a week-long camp that is filled with self-exploration, connection...

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27 Jan IEA Students Share the Impact of Mentorship

By Megan Figueroa, Program Manager "One of the most valuable experiences a gifted student can have is exposure to a mentor who is willing to share personal values, a particular interest, time, talent and skills. When the experience is properly structured and the mentor is...

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14 Jan Celebrating the Importance of Mentorship

By Megan Figueroa, Program Manager At the start of a new year, we often spend time reflecting on our past and envisioning our futures. As 2020 marks the start of a new decade, I find myself reflecting on the path I have taken in the last...

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08 Jan Learn Something New at IEA’s Spring Academy

By Alexis Hopper, IEA Program Coordinator Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. --Ralph Waldo Emerson IEA Academy invites you to join us this spring as we make each day our best in 2020. Come learn, grow and make...

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31 Dec Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

By Ashley Prior, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Thank you so much to all of our blog's readers. This year we had a record number of visitors and comments on our blog! Here were the Institute for Educational Advancement’s top blog posts in 2019: Everything You Want to...

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27 Dec Reflections on Resolutions for 2020

By Zadra Rose Ibañez, IEA Director of Operations As we near the end of the year, I have been thinking about New Year Resolutions. I was recently reading an old journal of mine and saw a list of tasks I wanted to accomplish before year end. Because...

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10 Dec Educational Holiday Gift Ideas

By Amber McClarin, Enrollment Coordinator At this year’s National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Conference in Albuquerque, NM, I participated in the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival. Teachers, parents and other conference attendees like myself, learned about educational tools, new advanced learning techniques and how to collaborate...

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02 Dec Why give to IEA this #GivingTuesday!

By Mavis Bortey-fio, Development Manager   I have had quite the journey in my six months at IEA. After the first few weeks, I was crying at work while listening to Yunasa Leadership 2 campers. Over a temperamental flame, these young leaders spoke about difference Yunasa made...

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26 Nov Happy Thanksgiving from IEA President Elizabeth Jones

Dear Friends and Family of IEA, With the thanksgiving holiday approaching, we begin to reflect on all that we are grateful for.  As I think about the past year, I remember many wonderful moments and people associated with the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA). Whether it was...

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05 Nov 10 Ways to Celebrate National STEAM Day!

November 8th is National STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Day! This day was created to encourage individuals of all ages to delve deeper into these exciting areas of learning. Parents, have your children pick an item off this list or make up their...

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29 Oct How IEA Helped Me Grow: A Reflection by Kaitlyn Chen

By Kaitlyn Chen, IEA Summer Programs Intern  We asked IEA's Summer Programs Intern Kaitlyn Chen to write a reflection on her journey with IEA. Check out her post below on how IEA influenced important decisions about her future career opportunities!   My name is Kaitlyn, and I’m currently...

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