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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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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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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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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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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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15 Oct 2019 Vision & Leadership 2e Symposium

By Alexis Hopper, IEA Program Coordinator  This past weekend, Bridges 2e Center for Research and Professional Development hosted the 2019 Vision & Leadership 2e Symposium. I had the honor and privilege of attending its Super Sunday program, which offered a diverse range of presentations by leading...

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06 Oct IDEA Day 2019

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27 Aug Finding Balance at Yunasa

By Samantha Outcalt, Yunasa Volunteer Gifted kids spend a lot of time in their heads. They devote considerable energy to thinking, wondering, analyzing, drafting, problem-solving, inventing, calculating, composing, planning, investigating, comparing, contrasting, formulating, predicting…and so on. They have great practice living inside their heads and tend...

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13 Aug Igniting Your Passion at Yunasa

By Qiao Li, Yunasa Program Coordinator IEA’s annual Yunasa camp concluded powerfully at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan! Throughout the week, we watched all 79 campers – including 23 leadership campers – get to know themselves and each other in gentle yet profound ways. As ever,...

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06 Aug 4 Easy Tips to Prepare for Heading Back to School

By Amber McClarin, IEA Enrollment Coordinator  The nation's children are headed back into the classroom as the 2019-2020 school year gets underway! New beginnings can be a grab bag of emotions. Excitement, fear, anticipation - going back to school is not for the faint of heart....

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30 Jul “Something Beautiful” – Elizabeth’s Story

“He was like a bomb.” That is how Elizabeth described her eldest son, Joseph who, at 4 years old, was a highly energetic child with an urgent fascination for numbers. His attraction was so advanced, Elizabeth had to relearn middle school math concepts just to satisfy...

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23 Jul Hallmarks of an IEA Academy Class

By Alexis Hopper, IEA Program Coordinator Academy courses encourage students to take the lead in their learning process. But what do young inquisitive minds find so compelling about the content? Read on for five hallmarks of what makes these, and other fall courses speak to the...

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11 Jun Backyard Safari – A Summer Activity Suggestion

By Felicia V. Gaddis Summer has arrived, school is out and you are probably trying to find something for your young gifted child to do that will engage and satisfy their insatiable curiosity. May I suggest conducting a backyard safari? Backyard Safari is a creative way to...

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14 May The Process of Invention

By Alexis Hopper, IEA Program Coordinator To celebrate National Inventors Month, Alexis Hopper put together a blog post highlighting IEA Student Inventions through The Process of Inventing.  “An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started.”...

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