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15 Mar The Genius of Genius Day

By Louise Hindle, IEA Program Manager Saturday, March 12th bore witness to our 6th Genius Day, a day of deep learning on the life and legacy of none other than Albert Einstein. In case you didn’t know, our Genius Days are days of investigation into the...

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individualized education

08 Mar The Future of Individualized Education

by Morgan Carrion NPR ed’s website features several articles that discuss various ways in which our current system fails to meet kids where they are. Right next to an article about “The Quiet Revolution” (the movement to acknowledge and better accommodate introverted personalities) is an interview discussing...

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01 Mar Aliens, Math and Jerky

How are aliens related to math? The answer is: in every possible way! From science fiction, to popular culture, to UFO organizations, and even a famous jerky shop half way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas named Alien Fresh Jerky, extraterrestrial life pervades our imagination. The...

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hands-on learning

16 Feb Hands-On Learning and Memory

Tiffany’s recent post on tinkering inspired me to look further into the benefits of hands-on learning. When researching, I found several studies noting various benefits of hands-on experiments in the classroom, from learning teamwork to increased engagement for tactile learners. By far the most prominent,...

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mentoring gifted students

09 Feb Mentoring Gifted Students

Being a gifted child can be difficult. Gifted children often feel misunderstood by their peers and possibly don’t even fully comprehend themselves and their abilities. This can lead to low self-esteem or self-doubt, hindering a child from thriving in school and reaching their full potential. This...

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05 Jan Bored? Make Something!

By Niña Abonal This past November, I had the opportunity to attend NAGC’s Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Although the primary purpose of my trip was to learn more about the changing and ever-growing landscape of gifted education, I also had the privilege of listening to...

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29 Dec Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

Here were the Institute for Educational Advancement's top blog posts in 2015: 25 of Our Favorite Gifted Kid Movies Our social media community and the IEA staff weighed in on their favorite movies featuring gifted children and young adults.   The Bright Side of Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children Because...

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22 Dec Deck the Halls!

Unique paper snowflake tutorial inside this post! It was snowing indoors at IEA’s tree-trimming party last Friday as parents, students and staff all worked together to create handcrafted ornaments and paper snowflakes to decorate the Barder House for the holidays. As families munched on cookies and...

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15 Dec What is an Academy?

  What is an Academy? By Louise Hindle Louise is IEA’s Program Manager. A British import, Louise has 20 years of experience in education as a high school literature teacher, lead teacher, administrator, adviser, and consultant. She is also the parent of three fun and active school-aged children. IEA’s...

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30 Dec 2014 at IEA in Pictures

2014 was another eventful year at IEA! Here are just a few of the highlights from the year. We dedicated and named our new home, The Barder House, in honor of Sarah D. Barder, whose generosity and vision have greatly impacted the Institute for Educational Advancement...

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02 Dec Post-Thanksgiving Gratitude

By Jennifer Kennedy Jennifer is IEA’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She has been working to spread the word about IEA and the needs of gifted children for the past three years and, in the process, has learned a great deal about herself and the gifted children...

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31 Oct Turning to Pen and Paper

By Zadra Rose Ibañez One of the questions we routinely ask applicants during an interview for a position with IEA is: “How do you deal with stress?” If one were to ask me that, I would have several answers—take deep breaths, go for a walk, or listen...

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28 Oct Three Days of Celebration, Many Ways to Celebrate

By Zadra Rose Ibañez [caption id="attachment_1177" align="alignright" width="300"] Many of us think of October 31 as Halloween, prominently featuring costumes and candy, but the period from October 31 to November 2 is also celebrated in many other ways around the world and in different cultures.[/caption] All over...

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07 Oct Teaching the Gifted

By Louise Hindle Louise is IEA’s Academy Coordinator. A British import, Louise graduated from the University of Manchester with a B.A. Honors Degree in English Literature and Language, completed her post-graduate teacher training at The University of Cambridge, and recently completed her dissertation in Educational Leadership...

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09 Sep Five Offline Resources for Gifted Kids

In this fabulous age of technology, it is easy to get swept up into the many online resources for kids, parents, and teachers. We’ve even featured a few here, including podcasts and educational websites for gifted kids as well as TEDTalks for parents. There are...

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