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09 Jun Tales from a Grammar Geek

By Jennifer Kennedy Jennifer is IEA's Marketing and Communications Coordinator and puts her enthusiasm for grammar to good use daily. I have a confession to make: I love grammar; I always have. When I began learning Spanish, I was excited about how much it taught me about English grammar. Proofreading...

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02 Jun 10 Lessons for the Gifted Child from Children’s Literature

Literature has so much to teach all of us. Because reading is a cherished pastime for many gifted individuals, we thought we would share some great quotes from children’s literature and beloved children’s authors that teach gifted kids and adults alike important lessons.   Be Yourself “It is very...

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20 Apr Your Input Matters: Gifted Student and Parent Surveys

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is dedicated to providing and advocating for the most relevant and impactful programming for highly able students possible.  Your experience and feedback are critical to assisting us in supporting purposeful change in gifted programs and services. It is crucial...

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CDB Scholars Arrive

09 Apr Bradley Seminar 2015

By Brianna Safe Nearly two weeks have passed since the 2015 Bradley Seminar, and I remain energized by the abundance of community, conversation, and enthusiasm that infused our weekend in Washington, D.C. The Bradley Seminar – an annual three-day event – is a keystone of the...

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17 Mar More than a Test Score

By Jennifer Kennedy Do you remember your elementary school report cards? They were more than just a column of letters with all of your hard work reduced down to a number – a number to be judged against that perfect 4.0. In those early years, you...

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The Importance of Balance for Gifted Youth

10 Mar The Importance of Balance

By Jennifer de la Haye Jennifer is the Program Coordinator for Yunasa, IEA’s pioneering summer camps that unite gifted young people ages 10-15 with experts in highly able youth. In a nurturing setting, campers explore and grow the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of...

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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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09 Dec The Gift of Giving

By Louise Hindle, IEA Program Manager It’s that time of year when we rack our minds to recall, imagine, or anticipate the ‘perfect’ gift. Whether that perfect gift is for a holiday party, for Christmas, for Hanukkah – it just is, unrelentingly, ‘that’ time of year. Trying...

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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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25 Nov IEA Autumn Benefit 2014

On Thursday, November 20, IEA welcomed fifty guests to The Barder House in Pasadena, California, for our Autumn Benefit. The heartwarming sense of community along with an intellectually stimulating lecture created an amazing evening. Thank you to all who joined us. Here are a few...

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