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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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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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positive mental health

02 Oct How to Encourage Positive Mental Health Practices

By Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant As a parent, you always want what is best for your child and strive to provide it for them.  Developmental specialists, health providers and other experts are always researching and recommending ways to raise a child in order to reach their...

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stress-reducing strategies

22 May Four Stress-Reducing Strategies for Busy Students

by Mallory Aldrich, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Admissions Coordinator May… the dreaded month for parents, teachers and students alike. Days and nights are filled with end- of-the-year recitals, projects, AP testing, finals, celebrations and white sheet cake. It can be overwhelming for everyone, but especially students. Being a...

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parent advocacy

03 Apr DIY Parent Advocacy

by Qiao Li, Program Coordinator As a program coordinator at IEA, there are many parallels between running a successful program and leading an affective Parent Teacher Association (PTA) organization. Parents are stewards of advocacy, just like a program coordinator to his/her perspective program. I want to...

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gifted student mentor

16 Jan What My Mentor Taught Me, Part 1

by Jocelyn Shen, EXPLORE Alumna As an intern at the UCLA Department of Biomathematics for the past two summers, I have developed as a researcher, as well as a person, under the mentorship of Dr. Van Savage. Two years ago, when I first started the EXPLORE...

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managing perfectionism

31 Oct Perfectionism and Ways to Manage It

by Qiao Li, Coordinator The tendency to be a perfectionist is within all of us. As I start writing this blog, I find myself typing and deleting, starring at the screen trying to brainstorm the perfect sentence to write. Perfect sentence to write? That sounds oxymoronic! Perfectionism...

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teacher

26 Sep How to Talk to Your Child’s Teacher

by Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant As an involved parent and professional working within the education system, I have attended numerous parent teacher conferences throughout the years. First, as a parent of three gifted children; second, as a professional support staff working with teachers and parents; third,...

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gifted parenting

18 Jul Oops! Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Said That!

by Jim Delisle, Educator, Author and Yunasa Fellow As parents, each of us has the unique opportunity to be embarrassed by something we said to our children. Whether spoken out of anger, tiredness or an awkward attempt to be funny, adults (present company included…) sometimes regret...

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overthinking

01 May Overthinking: When Your Mind Won’t Turn Off

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Overthinking. The irony in writing about this topic is that I kept overthinking it. What direction should I take? What tips should I offer? Where can I find the best research? What if my post doesn’t hold up against...

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emotional

25 Apr My Smart Kid Is So Emotional–Am I A Parenting Failure?

by Paula Prober, Licensed Counselor and Consultant Your child is emotional. Anxious. Melting down. Telling you that you’re the worst parent. Ever. Not in so many words, necessarily. But still. You know that you’re the worst parent. Ever. “How can such a smart kid behave this way?” you...

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intense kids

07 Mar Intense Kids, Intense Parents — Tips for Managing the Mayhem

by Paula Prober, Licensed Counselor and Consultant How do you manage your emotions and your sensitivities while raising your super intense super smart children? How do you raise your children without unconsciously repeating the patterns set down by your own parents? I’m guessing that you think about this a lot....

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blind drawings

24 Jan Blind Drawings, Humility and Perspective

by Morgan Carrion, Assistant to the President  “The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside by a generous hand. But- and this is the point- who gets excited by a mere penny? But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that...

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asking questions

06 Sep Questions

by Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator  “The art and science behind questions is the source of all knowledge” --Thomas Berger, novelist On occasion, I remember to ask my husband questions like, "If you had to write a book, would you write a science fiction novel or historical drama?"...

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Yoga Routines for Kids

21 Jun Yoga Routines for Kids

Yoga has been proven to have many benefits for both the mind and body. In addition to toning muscles and improving overall physical health, yoga helps reduce stress, manage anxiety and calm a restless mind. These mental benefits are particularly useful for gifted kids, whose...

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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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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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31 Oct Turning to Pen and Paper

By Zadra Rose Ibañez One of the questions we routinely ask applicants during an interview for a position with IEA is: “How do you deal with stress?” If one were to ask me that, I would have several answers—take deep breaths, go for a walk, or listen...

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