Zadra Rose Ibanez Archives - Institute for Educational Advancement


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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non-profit technology conference

16 Apr Non-Profit Technology Conference: A Review

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations The Institute for Educational Advancement was honored to be awarded a grant from the Annenberg Foundation to participate in the 2019 cohort of Alchemy Tech, a pilot program developed in partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN,) that is...

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Recurring Giving

09 Oct The Magic of Recurring Giving

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations In the non-profit world, donors are the lifeblood of an organization. Though many programs charge fees for services, these fees usually do not cover the full expense of an individual’s participation, let alone any free programs and services offered to...

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cult of personality

25 Sep The Cult of Personality

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations Do you remember that song by Living Color? It was about perception, and how we value what we think of as success and achievement, without really understanding everything going on underneath someone’s public persona.  Sometimes that perception, or others’ expectation of...

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10 Apr What Happens When You Fail?

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”― Thomas A. Edison As we attempt new challenges, we are faced with opportunities for growth, and change, but with those opportunities comes the risk of failure. While we intellectually...

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resume writing

16 May Résumé Writing 101

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations As the head of the HR department, I am usually one of the first gatekeepers in receiving applications for employment. At IEA, because we work with highly intelligent children and families, we insist on high quality employees.  This means that...

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us and them

18 Oct Us and Them

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations With elections right around the corner, and the MLB Playoffs in action, I have been thinking about a topic which often intrigues me: Us and Them. Simon Sinek, in his presentation titled, “If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand...

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road trip

16 Aug Surviving a Road Trip

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations While on a recent road trip, I explored ways to pass the time and make the journey more pleasurable. Eat Well Pack a snack that is healthful and wholesome, rather than sugary or greasy.  This will help prevent the need to...

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gifted whole child

26 Apr Sustaining the Gifted Child

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations Since last week was Earth Week, I thought I’d share one of my favorite pictures with you: [caption id="attachment_6472" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image via Wikipedia[/caption] In 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainability as “development that meets the needs...

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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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28 Oct Three Days of Celebration, Many Ways to Celebrate

By Zadra Rose Ibañez [caption id="attachment_1177" align="alignright" width="300"] Many of us think of October 31 as Halloween, prominently featuring costumes and candy, but the period from October 31 to November 2 is also celebrated in many other ways around the world and in different cultures.[/caption] All over...

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