IEA Has Moved!

We are excited to announce that we have moved into our new home, which was graciously gifted to us by a generous donor. Our new address is:


Institute for Educational Advancement
569 South Pasadena
Pasadena, CA 91101

Spring 2014 Academy classes will continue to be held at our South Pasadena office at:
625 Fair Oaks Avenue
Suite 288
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Thank you for your patience during this time of transition!


IEA Receives the NAGC Annemarie Roeper Global Awareness Award

We are honored to be the first organization to receive the National Association for Gifted Children Annemarie Roeper Global Awareness Award! IEA's Yunasa summer camp was honored alongside Dr. Linda Silverman, Director of the Gifted Development Center and the first individual recipient of the award, at the 2013 NAGC Conference in Indianapolis on Friday, November 8. Thank you to NAGC and the Global Awareness Network for this great honor!

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Gifted Child - Parent Support Group

Our monthly parent meetings have resumed! These meetings are intended for parents of gifted children, to provide support and community in the midst of the joys and challenges of raising a gifted child. 

Our meetings will be on hiatus over the summer, so be sure to come to our last meeting of the school year!

Next Meeting:

Personalized Learning for Gifted Students
Speaker: Louise Hindle
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Institute for Educational Advancement
569 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Educational discourse and pedagogy seems fascinated with personalized learning. We see it embedded in the Race to the Top Campaign, we see it interwoven in discussions about the effective use of technology in the classroom; what, however, does it mean in policy and practice for gifted students? This talk will conceptualize personalized learning and define some best fit teaching for learning strategies for gifted 2nd through 8th graders.

RSVP for this free event today!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 626-403-8900 or

Sign up for our mailing list and be sure to include your zip code to be notified of future meetings as details become available!


Thank You for Your Support of IEA's Moonlight & Stars Benefit Dinner

 Thank you to all of those who joined us for a very special evening under the stars celebrating IEA’s 15 years of connecting bright minds and recognizing Dr. Henri Ford and Mr. Stan Kong for their service to IEA's Apprenticeship Program and the Los Angeles community.

Dr. Ford is the Vice President and Chief of Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and has been an IEA Apprenticeship Mentor for 7 years. Mr. Kong is Head of Product Design at Pasadena City College as well as a faculty member of the Graduate Industrial Design program at Art Center College of Design and has been an IEA Apprenticeship Mentor for 14 years.

For 15 years, IEA has directly served more than 1,900 gifted students and their families. The Moonlight & Stars Benefit Dinner raised funds for IEA’s unique programs supporting gifted students. Proceeds from this event will help us continue inspiring youth to reach for the stars.

To see highlights and photos from the event, click here.

Summer Program Photos

Summer 2013 was a great success! Check out some of the highlights:

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Summer Spotlight 2013 Photos

Take a look at some of the highlights from our Summer Spotlight 2013 event!



Academy Classes

Academy provides exciting supplemental courses to promote higher level thinking skills, creativity and community among gifted students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Summer Sessions: June 9-26, 2014 and July 7-24, 2014

Register today! For applications and more information about Academy classes, please see our Academy page


Apprenticeship Program

The Institute for Educational Advancement offers a summer Apprenticeship Program that links gifted high school students from across the country with Mentors who advance each participant's skills through the application of knowledge and exposure to real world experiences. These life lessons in personal and intellectual development are invaluable to their growth and assist them in making pertinent connections for the future.

The 2014 Apprenticeship Program offers three sessions in Los Angeles:

3-Week Session: June 22 - July 12, 2014
4-Week Session: July 13 - August 9, 2014
7-Week Session: June 22 - August 9, 2014

We are still accepting applications for consideration for several sites. Spots are filling quickly, though, so apply today!


Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

The Institute for Educational Advancement's Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship awards highly gifted 7th grade applicants with a four-year scholarship to a high school that fits their individual intellectual and personal needs. The application deadline for the 2014 Scholarship is May 2, 2014.  


Yunasa & Yunasa West

The Institute for Educational Advancement's pioneering Yunasa and Yunasa West summer camps unite highly able 10- to 14-year-olds with experts in the social and emotional development of gifted children. In a nurturing setting, campers explore and grow the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical aspects of their lives.

Yunasa West (Sedalia, Colorado): June 15 - June 22, 2014
Yunasa (Fenton, Michigan): July 27 - August 3, 2014 

Though the application deadline has passed, we are still accepting applications for consideration. Apply today!


Recent News

2010 CDB Scholar Valerie Ding has teamed up with Sweety High’s Girl Power Blog to promote and discuss girls in STEM fields through three blog posts:
Valerie Ding on Quantum Physics and Solar Power
Valerie Ding on CERN Collaboration and the Piano
Valerie Ding on Girls in STEM

2013 Apprentice Sneha Chidambaram wrote an article during her Media Relations and Social Media Apprenticeship at USC that was published on the USC News and USC Marshall School of Business websites.  You can read her piece here.

2011 CDB Scholar and high school freshman Anirudh Jain was selected as the winner of the United States Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), “the world’s most prestigious award for water-related science and technology projects.” Anirudh will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, in September to represent the U.S. at the International SJWP competition with his project, “Use of Sulfidation as a Novel Method for Reducing the Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticle Pollution.” Congratulations, Anirudh! Best of luck at the international competition!

2012 CDB Scholar Isaiah Schrader wrote an Op-Ed piece that was published on the Washington Post Education Blog, "The Answer Sheet." Great work, Isaiah!

Congratulations to 2010 CDB Scholar Kiran Sridhar, who was selected as a Montage Memory Maker for his creation of Waste No Food, a web-based nonprofit that allows food donors to efficiently donate to charities! Thank you to all who supported this member of the IEA community by voting! You can view all of the Montage Memory Makers, young adults doing amazing work in their communities, here.

Congratulations to 2012 CDB Scholars Eliza Khokhar, James Lin and Daniel Chiu for their outstanding performances at the 2013 National MathCounts Competition! James's team (Massachusetts) won the National Team Championship title, and James and Daniel were both top 12 individual finishers! James was also selected to be one of the six middle school students for Natioal Middle School Team for Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad  in Turkey. Great work!

Congratulations to 2008 CDB Scholar Kate Nelson and her classmates! Their YouTube channel Amor Sciendi was named one of the “10 Next YouTube EDU Gurus” by YouTube and Khan Academy!

A piece 2012 Apprentice Hunter Whitaker-Morrow wrote during his Media Relations and Social Media Apprenticeship at USC was published on the USC Marshall School of Business website.  You can read his piece here.

In the fall, 2012 Industrial Design Apprentices Derron and Paris Lewis exhibited work they developed in History Miami’s Teen Miami exhibition. Congratulations on the great work, Derron and Paris!

2005 Caroline D. Bradley Alum Jillian Dorr, a junior at Clemson University, was one of two scholarship recipients from the American Forest and Paper Association for excellence in package design. Great work, Jillian!

IEA consultant Kate Duey was recently interviewed for a wonderful piece about challenges and opportunities in education for gifted students working at the college level on the blog Daily Edventures.

2010 CDB Scholar Harry Bendekgey created a fun puzzle for the New York Times website! Great work, Harry!

2013 CDB Scholar Talya Klinger received first place at the Junior Classical League Conference in Colorado in April. Congratulations, Talya!

Yunasa 2012 was featured in The Flint Journal! Check out the article

2010 CDB Scholar Connor Shea was selected as a 2013 Davidson Young Scholar Ambassador. Connor will be working to promote STEM education for kids through his blog, STEM4Kids. Congratulations, Connor! We look forward to following your blog and seeing the great ideas you have!

2005 CDB Scholar Nathalie Sun was selected for the inaugural class of Frank Karel Public Interest Communications Fellows! She will be working with Aeras to contribute to the expansion and execution of a social media plan, write and edit content for the website, and contribute to the development of multimedia pieces for the organization.

2003 CDB Scholar Sandra Mukasa has received Princeton University’s Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize, which will support her efforts to carry out a public health project addressing gender inequality and public health in Tanzania. She was also recognized as a Princeton University’s MLK Day Journey Award winner, honoring members of the Princeton community who work to continue efforts to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision, and received Princeton University's Frederick Douglass Award. Congratulations, Sandra! We know you will do great work in Tanzania!

2011 CDB Scholar Anirudh Jain was selected as a regional finalist in the Google Science Fair! There were 30 regional finalists from the Americas region - 13 of whom are in Anirudh's age group of 13-14 years - and 90 worldwide. Congratulations, Anirudh!

2010 CDB Scholar Valerie Ding was honored as a silver medalist at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad in Houston, Texas! Valerie was also one of 12 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) finalists internationally to win an all-expenses-paid trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and took fourth place in Physics and Astronomy at the Intel ISEF. You can read about her experience here. Great work, Valerie! 

2002 CDB Scholar Justine Drennan (from the first class of Scholars), a 2011 Princeton University graduate, was awarded one of 90 Gates Cambridge Scholarships and is currently doing her graduate work at the University of Cambridge in England. Congratulations, Justine!

CDB alum and Stanford University junior Leigh Marshall is on sabbatical through a Mellon Foundation grant as an actress and playwright at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., working with established playwrights and theater professionals.

Seth Freeman, a member of the board of the Institute for Educational Advancement, wrote an article featured in the Huffington Post on the plight of gifted students in the American school system. Click here to read his full article about the gifted and at-risk.


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