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Gifted Support Group

Supporting a gifted child
is often challenging.

As parents and educators, it can be difficult to understand how best to meet the complex needs of gifted children. During the school year, IEA offers complimentary monthly Gifted Support Group meetings featuring  professionals who are experts on various aspects of gifted youth. These meetings provide support and community, a venue for shared discovery, and a space to exchange resources and ideas. Sharing experiences with other parents and educators who interact with gifted children has proven to be enormously helpful. In order to assist the widest range of families, we will be livestreaming the meetings on our Facebook page, unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Meetings

Finding the Right School Fit for Your Gifted Middle School Child

Speaker: Bonnie Raskin, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Manager

Thursday, November 15th • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

As the Program Manager for IEA’s CDB Scholarship, Bonnie Raskin works year-round with students from 11–18+ years of age providing counsel, support and advice for gifted students in need of a challenging but flexible educational environment. Through her work with students and schools nationally and in every educational environment: public, private, parochial, charter, early entrance college programs, online and homeschooling hybrid curricula, she’s become well-versed about the ins-and-outs of finding the best educational placement for gifted children. Come learn what parents and students should consider as they search for the best fit high school where they can thrive and grow in the years leading up to college and beyond.



Beyond Instant Information: Engaging Generation Z Gifted Students

Speaker: Hillary Jade, IEA Program Manager

Tuesday, January 15th • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2009, is the largest and most rapidly-growing age demographic in the United States and will constitute one-third of its population by 2020. This “digital generation” has faster and easier access to information, data, networks, and media than any generation before it – rendering traditional schooling and learning nearly obsolete. And yet, schools and learning groups are steadily revising their structure and content to meet the needs of these students – particularly the Gifted – beginning with student-centered research and feedback. Ms. Jade will shares ideas, tips, and strategies for engaging Generation Z Gifted students in both digital and non-digital ways and present on findings that show how this generation needs an entirely different style of teaching, parenting, and support.



Social Emotional Imagination in Gifted Education

Speaker: Rebecca Gotlieb, Educational Psychology PhD Candidate

Thursday, January 31st • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

Social-emotional imagination is key to helping propel gifted students to realize fully their potential and to identifying a broader range of gifted students. Rebecca Gotlieb will present converging evidence from across research in education, psychology, and neuroscience that suggests that strategic shifting between outward and inward focused attention underlies giftedness.  She highlights the benefits of and strategies for cultivating gifted students’ reflectiveness, perspective-taking, curiosity, meaning making, and ability to imagine their futures.


IEA Gifted Support Group Meetings



• Learn the theory and application of a holistic approach for gifted children
• Meet, share with, and learn from educators and other parents of gifted children
• Get in-depth information on a variety of topics related to gifted youth and education


Past topics have included:

  • Giftedness Identifiation & IQ Testing
  • Homeschooling Parent Panel
  • Accelerated Gifted Education
  • Enhancing the Emotional Functioning of Gifted Children
  • Exploring Non-Traditional Education Options in a Standardized World
  • Gifted Resource Swap and Play Date
  • Twice-Exceptional Parent Panel
  • Emotional Freedom Therapy


To see upcoming gifted support group meeting topics and details, please visit the Upcoming Events page of our website. Questions or would like to suggest a speaker or topic? Email Niña Abonal at

Consulting for Youth & Families
Consulting with Educators
Gifted Support Group
Speaking Engagements
Join the group! For information about our next gifted support group meeting, visit our upcoming events page.

“IEA provides a wealth of information and is the best resource we’ve found for support and guidance in the gifted community.”

– IEA Parent