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29 Oct How IEA Helped Me Grow: A Reflection by Kaitlyn Chen

By Kaitlyn Chen, IEA Summer Programs Intern  We asked IEA's Summer Programs Intern Kaitlyn Chen to write a reflection on her journey with IEA. Check out her post below on how IEA influenced important decisions about her future career opportunities!   My name is Kaitlyn, and I’m currently...

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29 Aug Reflecting on my Internship at IEA – Kaitlyn Chen

By Kaitlyn Chen, IEA Summer Programs Intern This summer, I had the chance to intern at the Institute for Educational Advancement. The eight-week internship went beyond my expectations. I learned so much more than I could have asked for, whether that was figuring out how to...

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23 May Featured Professionals for National Mental Health Month

By Niña Abonal, MA, Program Manager Each year during the month of May, organizations like National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America, raise awareness and highlight the importance of mental health through local events, media, and health screenings. The unfortunate reality is there is a...

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california schools for gifted leaners

26 Mar Featured California Schools for Gifted Learners

by Niña Abonal, Program Manager IEA’s online Gifted Resource Center (GRC) contains an ever-growing and robust listing of over 800 resources appropriate for gifted learners from preschool through high school. We carefully research and vet resources that span six categories, including Advocacy, Gifted Programs and Services,...

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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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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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explore this summer

27 Mar Five Reasons Why You Should EXPLORE This Summer

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Are you a high school student looking for a dynamic, challenging summer experience? Look no further than the EXPLORE program! Here are five reasons why you should join us this summer. Hands-On Experience “I learned what a career in research...

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EXPLORE

02 Jan IEA 2017 Highlights

by Niña Abonal, Senior Program Coordinator To celebrate the beginning of a new year, we wanted to take a look back at some noteworthy moments from 2017! IEA has expanded and bought a house! Through the generosity of our donors, IEA was able to purchase a beautiful craftsman...

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29 Aug Snapshots of Summer

Curated by Niña Abonal, Senior Program Coordinator From staff members traveling to conduct CDB Scholarship interviews, Yunasa camps teeming with energetic campers, Academy classes bustling with curious learners, and EXPLORE students externing at sites all over Los Angeles, summertime at IEA is nothing short of eventful. Not...

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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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national mentoring month

10 Jan Pay it Forward: National Mentoring Month

by Niña Abonal, EXPLORE Program Coordinator January not only kickstarts the New Year, but also the beginning of the National Mentoring Month campaign. Since 2002, former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have endorsed the movement to increase public awareness about the importance of...

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books with gifted heroines

20 Sep Girl Power: Books with Gifted Heroines

by Niña Abonal, Program Coordinator Debbie Abilock (1999), the Co-founder of Educational Vision & Content, identified five facts about gifted readers: Gifted readers are skilled, flexible readers who read often; Gifted readers monitor their reading; Linguistically rich texts are especially suited to gifted readers; Gifted readers use...

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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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19 Apr Mentoring Matters

By Niña Abonal As we progress through life, we continue to expand our networks and relationships with people in various academic, professional and personal circles. If we are lucky enough, we stumble upon a handful of individuals who nurture our skills and talents, challenge us to...

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05 Jan Bored? Make Something!

By Niña Abonal This past November, I had the opportunity to attend NAGC’s Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Although the primary purpose of my trip was to learn more about the changing and ever-growing landscape of gifted education, I also had the privilege of listening to...

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