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03 Mar Leaders of a New Generation

“You’re never too young to change the world.” There was a time when children were taught to be “seen and not heard,” and yet today, many of the world’s most powerful leaders and harbingers for change are under the age of 20. Here are five inspiring...

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28 Feb Happy Leap Day!

By Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations My cousin’s birthday is February 28.  I often think that, had she been born one day later, she would be a quarter of her age.  Of course, she wouldn’t really only be ¼ of her years, but would only...

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27 Dec Reflections on Resolutions for 2020

By Zadra Rose Ibañez, IEA Director of Operations As we near the end of the year, I have been thinking about New Year Resolutions. I was recently reading an old journal of mine and saw a list of tasks I wanted to accomplish before year end. Because...

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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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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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22 Oct Parent-Teacher Conference Tips

By Anvi Kevany, IEA Adminstrative Assistant  It’s that time of the year for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Usually many schools will schedule the conferences during the fall. Here are some tips including additional resources on how to have a productive and successful Parent Teacher conference. Preparation:  Before you attend the...

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03 Sep 2019 Summer Programs Round-Up

By Nicole Endacott, IEA Program Coordinator Summer 2019 is a wrap! As always, this summer was fulfilling and busy. Returning students reconnected with one another and a large group of bright new students entered the IEA community for the first time. Read on to hear...

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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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24 Aug Parenting, the Self-Compassion Way

By Michelle Bodwell, LMFT, ATR-BC As parents of gifted children, we’ve all had our share of “those moments.” Like when our child has a enormous melt-down in the store aisle, or when we are late for school or work, because our child can’t leave the house until...

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19 Aug IEA Internship Experience – Kate Connally

By Kate Connally, IEA Summer Programs Intern Working as an intern for the Institute for Educational Advancement has been a wonderful experience, the highlight of my summer. You might think I’d be an old hand in IEA; after all, I attended the Yunasa summer camp for...

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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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25 Jun Yunasa West: A Week of Self-Discovery and Fun

By Qiao Li, Yunasa Coordinator Yunasa West this year was yet another fun-filled week that’s packed with self-discovery and growth at YMCA Camp Shady Brook! Campers ventured out to try something new, made lasting friendships and attended many impactful workshops that are designed to nurture balance...

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12 Feb Why I Love Yunasa

By Emily Vesper, Yunasa West Camper Whenever I try to tell my friends back in California about the week I’ve spent in Colorado every summer for the past three years, words fall just short. I describe to them the intense friendship, the emotional growth, the tight-knit...

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Academy Student

07 Aug Reflections of a First-Time Academy Student

By Eli McLaughlin, Academy Student This summer was my first time at Academy. I had two classes, Ocean Exploration and Around the Wor(l)d: Letters and Language. On the first day of Ocean Exploration, I was the second one there. I didn't know what to expect since this...

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19 Jun Stopping by Woods on a [Sunny] Evening

by Hillary Jade, Program Manager Robert Frost’s 1923 poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening has spoken to me more times than I could even begin to count – on both personal and professional levels. Whenever deadlines loom, I reflect on Frost’s yearning for the...

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13 Feb Why I Want to Return to Yunasa

by Hayden Best, Yunasa Camper and CDB Scholar The first time I went to Yunasa in 2015, I was extremely nervous. At the time, I was pretty much the textbook introvert, having been homeschooled for almost two years. Additionally, I had gone the year before to...

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american education week 2017

09 Jan Why We Love Academy

It’s always a joy to watch our Academy students be challenged by the enrichment classes we offer, ranging from Kitchen Chemistry to Myths and Monsters. Academy allows the gifted students we serve engage with a community of peers and return home eager to talk about...

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07 Nov Fall 2017 Academy Student Spotlight

by Alexis Hopper, Academy Program Coordinator The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us...

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