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summer at iea

22 Aug Four Things I Learned During My Summer at IEA

by Heather Honig, IEA Intern This summer, I came home from college hoping to gain experience working for a non-profit organization. While I still have some time before I have to choose a career path, I have always been passionate about giving back to my community....

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caroline d. bradley

25 Jul Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Alumni Give Back

by Kelly Gray, Administrative Assistant Each year the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) awards the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB) to approximately 30 highly-gifted students. The scholarship provides funding to attend a high school best suited to meet their unique intellectual and personal needs as well...

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11 Jul Ready, Set, EXPLORE!

by Niña Abonal, EXPLORE Program Coordinator IEA’s EXPLORE program is in full swing! This year, the selection and placement process was especially competitive as students vied for a chance to work with distinguished mentors and sites willing to host only a selected number of students. In addition...

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gifted children

29 Jun 10 Reasons Your Child Should Participate in Academy

by Abby Daniels, Director of Development & Communications at IEA Looking for ways to keep your gifted child active and engaged this summer? We’ve got the answer for you:  IEA Academy. We’ve put together our top 10 reasons for you to enroll your gifted and talented...

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bradley seminar

22 Mar Bradley Seminar 2017

by IEA Staff “It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Every year, the Bradley Seminar brings together our national cohort of current Caroline D. Bradley Scholars along with alumni, parents, educators, guest speakers and IEA...

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poll

15 Mar First-Ever Poll of Voters About Gifted Learners Finds Strong Bipartisan Support For Increasing Funding and Resources for High-Potential Students

At a gathering of gifted learning community leaders today in the nation’s capitol, a first-of-its-kind poll was released by the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), that finds overwhelming bipartisan public support for increased funding for programs and resources for gifted students. The poll, conducted by Benenson...

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building bridges

17 Jan Building Bridges

by Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator Of all the meanings and usage of the word “bridge," my favorite has to be “a time, place, or means of connection or transition” (Merriam-Webster’s dictionary). Academy’s teacher workshop, held this past Saturday at our learning space in San Marino, was just...

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reflections and resolutions

03 Jan Reflections and Resolutions

by Kelly Gray, Administrative Assistant The end of one year and the beginning of a new one always bring about the opportunity to reflect, as well as make resolutions for the future. At the end of 2016, IEA staff took some time to look back our...

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27 Dec Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

Here were the Institute for Educational Advancement's top blog posts in 2016: 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.   Podcasts for Gifted Learners Gifted children love to learn and...

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giving thanks

22 Nov Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we would like to take a few minutes to give thanks to our IEA community. Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who devote their time and resources to help IEA run smoothly. From organizing files in the office...

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Connections and Conversations

26 Oct Connections and Conversations

by Ellen Gruber, Development Coordinator Twinkling lights and delicious Mediterranean cuisine set the stage for an evening of fun and inspiring conversation among the IEA community at our benefit dinner and silent auction hosted at Eden Garden Bar & Grill in Pasadena. Enthusiastic student volunteers from...

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Caroline D. Bradley

27 Sep 2016 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is excited to announce that 30 middle-schoolers across the country have been named 2016 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars. IEA’s Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, the only merit based, need-blind high school scholarship in the country, awards highly gifted students nationwide...

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finding your voice

15 Sep Finding and Cultivating Your Voice

by Jennifer de la Haye, Program Coordinator This year, IEA’s theme for both the Bradley Seminar and Yunasa Summer Camps was “Finding and Cultivating Your Voice.” In a culture that has become image-obsessed, where we often exist behind a meticulously crafted social media identity, and where...

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WASC accreditation

23 Aug IEA is Accredited!

by Tiffany Kwong, Operations Manager We did it!  After months of research, analysis, and reporting, we are pleased to share with you the fantastic news that IEA’s programs are officially accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ASC WASC)!  The...

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EXPLORE Program

26 Jul EXPLORE 2016 Recap

by Niña Abonal, Program Coordinator “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin’s quote embodies the sort of impact a mentor can have in a young person’s life. Mentors are truly extraordinary individuals who are willing to share and...

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Summer Spotlight

12 Jul IEA Shines the Spotlight on Summer Students

by Ellen Gruber, Development Coordinator Walking behind the Barder House on Thursday evening, anyone familiar with IEA’s home might have been surprised to see an expansive white tent where a parking lot would normally be, decorated with strings of fluttering red bunting and filled with smiling...

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What We Are Reading

05 Jul What We Are Reading: Summer 2016

Are you looking for a summer book recommendation? Check out what we at IEA are currently enjoying! On The Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks “I have the New York-based podcast, Radiolab, to thank for my fascination and love of the late neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks....

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2016 IEA Programs

14 Jun Summer is Here!

We have officially kicked off our summer programming at IEA! We are looking forward to meeting new gifted kids and welcoming back familiar faces. Check out a summary of what is happening in each of our programs below. Academy Summer Academy will feature 16 new classes, including...

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Academy Poetry Workshop

10 May Recap: Academy Poetry Workshop

by Cassidy Kao I had the opportunity to lead a poetry workshop, called The Wonderful World of Poems, to a group of five to seven year old students at IEA Academy on April 29, 2016. The goal of the workshop was to teach my students four...

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Teacher Appreciation Day 2016

03 May Without Teachers There Are No Other Professions

by Louise Hindle, Program Manager At a point in the past, in the middle of an unusually busy year of educational change as a high school teacher and administrator, I recall hearing (and being motivated by) this phrase: “Without teachers there are no other professions.” Ah,...

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05 Apr Three Reasons to Join a Parent Support Group

by Nicole LaChance Parenting a gifted or twice-exceptional child comes with a special set of joys and challenges. I know it’s easy for parents to feel like they are alone in their situation and not receiving support from traditional educational groups and institutions. That is why...

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genius day

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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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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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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Upcoming Events
  1. Spyglass Series: Backyard Astronomy

    October 21 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  2. Kitchen Chemistry

    October 22 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  3. Spyglass Series: Game Theory & Behavioral Economics

    October 27 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    October 31 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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