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world kindnes day

13 Nov Celebrating Kindness at IEA

by Nicole Endacott, Program Coordinator “No act of kindness – however small – is ever wasted.” – Aesop Today is World Kindness Day! At IEA, our Whole Child Approach means that we see gifted youth as much more than their minds and deeply value their unique perspectives...

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Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

06 Nov How the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Changed My Life

by Esther An, Caroline D. Bradley Scholar If I had asked seventh grade Esther An where she was going to be in three years, she probably wouldn’t have eagerly responded with, “Wallingford, Connecticut." Actually, even the suggestion of anywhere outside the city of Los Angeles, California, where...

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30 Oct Gifted Children and Arts Education

By Katie Sanborn, Office Manager An article from the TED-Ed Blog titled “Why dance is just as important as math in school” (1) by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica recently caught my eye and led me to research more on the topic of the arts...

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23 Oct Resources for Gifted Students Applying to College

By Niña Abonal, Senior Program Coordinator It's that time of the year again, when high school students across the country are entering the most intense phase of their college journey: college applications and decisions! Just when gifted students have finally found the appropriate educational services at their...

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fall activities guide

16 Oct Fall Activities Guide

By Morgan Carrion, Assistant to the President With the fall season upon us, we here at IEA would like offer a guide to festive fall activities for you and your family. But let us set the tone with inspiration from the poet John Keats.   “To Autumn” by...

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Recurring Giving

09 Oct The Magic of Recurring Giving

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations In the non-profit world, donors are the lifeblood of an organization. Though many programs charge fees for services, these fees usually do not cover the full expense of an individual’s participation, let alone any free programs and services offered to...

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positive mental health

02 Oct How to Encourage Positive Mental Health Practices

By Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant As a parent, you always want what is best for your child and strive to provide it for them.  Developmental specialists, health providers and other experts are always researching and recommending ways to raise a child in order to reach their...

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cult of personality

25 Sep The Cult of Personality

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations Do you remember that song by Living Color? It was about perception, and how we value what we think of as success and achievement, without really understanding everything going on underneath someone’s public persona.  Sometimes that perception, or others’ expectation of...

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workshop

18 Sep More Than Just A Workshop

By Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator This past July, 12-year-old educator and GOVLEARN founder (and now 2018 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar!), Luke Gialanella, presented Academy's fourth student-lead workshop. Votes and Voices: The Electoral College invited students ages 9-14 to participate in an informative and fun introduction to...

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04 Sep Announcing the 2018 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars!

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) has announced the 2018 class of award recipients of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, a four-year high school scholarship for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high school program to help them meet their unique intellectual and personal...

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LABS Series

28 Aug When There’s a Need, IEA Finds a Way!

by Niña Abonal, Senior Program Coordinator Since I started working at IEA three years ago, I’ve witnessed the remarkable evolution of our program offerings and have had the opportunity to spearhead EXPLORE, a summer externship program that was piloted in 2016 for high school students. What started...

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Leonardo da Vinci

21 Aug Leonardo da Vinci: Restless Renaissance Rebel

By Hillary Jade, Program Manager When Leonardo da Vinci is mentioned, either in an academic setting or in a casual conversation, one of several knee-jerk references usually comes to mind: His inventions The Mona Lisa The Vitruvian Man, his painstakingly accurate depiction of the human form ...

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Academy Student

07 Aug Reflections of a First-Time Academy Student

By Eli McLaughlin, Academy Student This summer was my first time at Academy. I had two classes, Ocean Exploration and Around the Wor(l)d: Letters and Language. On the first day of Ocean Exploration, I was the second one there. I didn't know what to expect since this...

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reflections on explore

31 Jul Reflections on EXPLORE

by Mark Blekherman, EXPLORE Extern When I stepped into IEA’s Barder House on June 18, I did not know what to expect. While I had researched the mission and programs of IEA, I was not sure what exactly the term “non-profit management” encompassed, nor was I familiar...

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reading summer 2018

24 Jul What We’re Reading: Summer 2018

Are you looking for a summer book recommendation? Check out what some of us at IEA are currently enjoying! The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey               “During a time when I needed some inspiration in my life, this book, and the...

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Resources for Parents of Gifted

17 Jul Top 10 Resources for Parents of Gifted Children

by Nicole Endacott, Program Coordinator Are you having trouble finding the ideal resources for your gifted child? Are you overwhelmed by the quantity of resources but desperate for a way to narrow down your search? Our Gifted Resource Center (GRC), a free public tool created and...

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10 Jul Time-Tested and Kid-Approved: IEA Turns 20

by Abby Daniels, Director of Development and Communications This month, the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) kicks off our 20th year of supporting the hearts and minds of gifted youth. Since 1998, we have been dedicated to meeting the unique needs of gifted children so that...

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03 Jul Summer Academy Engages Students with Hands-on Learning

by Mark Blekherman, Summer EXPLORE Extern Academy classes are at once engaging and educational. While sitting in on three classes two weeks ago, I was surprised by the instructors’ hands-on, student-centered approach to learning. Academy students arrive at conclusions through discussion and inquiry; rather than feeding...

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Caroline D. Bradley

26 Jun What Goes Into Selecting a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar?

by Bonnie Raskin, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Manager As the program manager for the Caroline D. Bradley (CDB) Scholarship, I’m asked this question more than any other, so I’m here to provide some inside information that you won’t find on High School Confidential or through the...

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yunasa west 2018

19 Jun Stopping by Woods on a [Sunny] Evening

by Hillary Jade, Program Manager Robert Frost’s 1923 poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening has spoken to me more times than I could even begin to count – on both personal and professional levels. Whenever deadlines loom, I reflect on Frost’s yearning for the...

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summer reading suggestions

12 Jun Summer Reading Suggestions for Gifted Kids

by Katie Sanborn, Office Manager Summer is here! Whether you or your gifted child are taking summer school courses, attending camp, traveling or enjoying activities with family and friends, summertime is a great opportunity to enjoy some extra reading. Do you have a long road trip...

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