This month’s SLO is grit, a character trait that demonstrates strength of will. People with grit show a passion and perseverance for long-term goals, as many things require tenacity.
To gauge how gritty you are at this point in your life, consider whether you identify with the following statements:
- I enjoy projects that take years to complete.
- I am working toward a very long-term goal.
- What I do each day is connected to my deepest personal values.
- There is at least one subject or activity that I never get bored of thinking about.
- Setbacks don’t discourage me for long.
- I am a hard worker.
- I finish whatever I begin.
- I never stop working to improve.
The Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLO) for January is grit. Grit is defined as “having courage and resolve; strength of character.” A person with grit works hard and has passion. He or she sets goals and follows through. Grit is important because it is a driver of achievement and success, regardless of and beyond what talent and intelligence contribute. To truly accomplish goals and thrive, we need the ability to persevere. Without grit, talent may be nothing more than unmet potential. To find out how gritty you are, click here.Grit Poster
High school learners are required to take core academic classes along with some electives, depending on their particular graduation path. Elective classes are a way to prepare them for the working world and impress colleges with their transcripts. But above all, these classes can make a huge difference in their lives.
Elective classes provide a lot of room for personalization and creativity. iLEAD’s approved vendors offer our high schoolers a buffet of choices. Our learners can customize their elective classes based on their interests. Here are some examples:
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extracurricular activity in which learners typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Click here to learn more. Our vendor Urban Homeschoolers offers MUN at their LA center.
Nautical Studies at Sea Base: Are you interested in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing, or a combination of these? Learn more about the programs offered here.
iLEAD Online offers classes in film, work experience, entrepreneurship and more!
Learn Beyond the Book‘s learning center in Santa Clarita offers courses in fashion design, sewing, public speaking, and holistic cooking.
Industrial arts, welding, and electrical courses are offered at Urban Workshop in Costa Mesa.
- Online elective classes in sports and entertainment marketing, veterinary science, theater cinema and film production, personal and family finance, and game design are offered by eDynamics Learning.
Applying to college? It’s not too late!
While the deadline for most California public university campuses has passed, there are still hundreds of colleges ready and waiting for your application. Regular and rolling decisions are happening now, with many deadlines in January and others that stretch into the spring. For colleges with regular decision, learners must apply by the deadline and will receive an offer of admission and financial aid on a specific date, most often in March. Rolling decisions may or may not have a priority or hard deadline, and decisions are granted upon application review. Some decisions arrive as early as two weeks after all paperwork has been submitted!
Check out this list of late application schools.
Be sure to check each college website for deadlines and requirements and schedule an appointment with Laura Kazan, your college advisor, if you have any questions.
There are many ways to make a living. Choosing a career that you are excited about and that allows you to earn an adequate wage is possible with certificated careers. Certificated careers are careers that do not require a four year degree but specialized training in the field.
Here are some examples of certificated careers:
- Computer Technology: Web developer; computer security analyst; computer support specialist; systems engineer
- Building and Trade: Construction and building inspector; architectural and civil drafter; industrial engineering technician; pipe-fitter and plumber; heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installer
- Medical: Surgical technologist; dental assistant; diagnostic medical sonographer; emergency medical technician; medical coder; pharmacy technician; radiologic technologist; PT or OT assistant
- Travel and Mechanics: Air traffic controller; flight attendant; airline mechanic; heavy vehicle and mobile equipment mechanic; automotive mechanic
- Other: Court reporter; veterinary assistant; bookkeeping; personal trainer; cosmetologist; hairdresser
So, how can you identify the certificated career that is right for you?
- After reviewing the list above, check out Road Trip Nation on Naviance to learn what it’s like to work in these fields.
- Ask your community for opportunities to get to know people in the field you’re interested in.
- Find an accredited certification program.
- Read through job postings for your field, paying special attention to qualifications. This will help you choose the best certification and background for your dream job.
- Check out the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for information on average income rate and job growth.
These options just scratch the surface of what’s out there! If a certificated career is appealing to you, use the tools available through iLEAD and other free resources to identify your dream career and get started.
If you are looking for a college where the focus is on teaching, small class size, and accessible faculty, a liberal arts college may be for you. These colleges provide a broad understanding of multiple disciplines as well as a deep understanding in a learner’s area of choice. Classes are offered in humanities, social sciences, physical and life sciences, math, fine arts, and even computer science.
Liberal arts colleges have learner populations that range from 300 to 4,000 learners. The focus is on undergraduate education with limited graduate programs, so classes are taught by professors, not graduate students. Instead of large lectures with 500 learners, classes typically range from 15 to 20 learners and are taught seminar-style.
College features vary. There are conservative and faith-based schools, such as Hillsdale and Wheaton, and there are liberal secular colleges, such as Reed and Sarah Lawrence. While most schools have traditional curricula, there are alternative-style schools that have no grades, such as The Evergreen State College and College of the Atlantic. Hamilton and Grinnell have open curricula where the student has no general education requirements. Colorado College and Cornell College use a block schedule or one class at a time. One college, Hampshire, refuses to consider SAT or ACT scores in admission!
There is often an assumption that liberal arts colleges will be very expensive, but quite often the sticker price is misleading. Some of the most generous scholarships come from liberal arts colleges. For students with lower to middle incomes, a number of colleges promise to fill the financial gap between what a family can pay and the total cost of attendance. For those with a higher income, there are colleges that give deep discounts to a large percentage of learners. There are also several public liberal arts colleges that are part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange and give tuition discounts to California students. The bottom line: Don’t count out liberal arts colleges because of cost. You might be surprised!
If you need help building a list of colleges, please make an appointment with Laura Kazan, iLEAD’s college advisor, here.
Zest is having zeal or enthusiasm for life! Check out Taylor Wilson’s incredible passion and zest for what he is doing! What gets you and your kids excited to be alive? What projects, passions, people, or purposes have upped the zest in your home?
For the month of December, our Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLO) is zest. You may be asking yourself, “What is zest, and why is it an important character trait?” Think of zest as more than just a character trait. It is a mind-set, or even a state of mind, a positive approach to life and new situations. Embracing unfamiliar educational challenges can be difficult, but having a zestful attitude can help our learners push through and gain new insights, allowing them to feel successful. When we invest in zestful practices, we experience gratitude, hope, and love from the inside (Seligman, Steen, Park & Peterson, 2006).Zest Poster
iLEAD Exploration offers many approved online vendors for our middle and high school homeschooling families. These vendors offer a wide range of high school courses that can be used by our learners on both the customized or A-G graduation paths. Learners on the A-G path should look for vendors with teacher support and ensure that the courses are posted on the UC Doorways website. Not all vendors provide teacher support, but most of them have grading and progress monitoring access. The cost of the courses will differ amongst providers as well. We recommend that families research or discuss their specific needs with their EF when looking for an online course. Here is a list of some popular choices that our families have often used. The complete list is available on the Hub or you can click here.
Attending a community college has a number of benefits and can save your family a great deal of money. Community colleges offer learners the opportunity to discover what they want to major in before transferring to a four-year university, and/or they provide a chance to earn an associate’s degree in order to earn more in the workforce. Community colleges offer flexibility if learners want to work while they also take classes. Some learners who struggle with academics in high school might find that community college gives them the fresh start they need. Check out the 10 Reasons to Attend a Community College by US News. Community college may just be the best option for you!
College tours help you choose your future home. Do you prefer large or small, a town or city, relaxed or spirited? Do you want an intellectual atmosphere, a campus with a football team, or a faith-based school? What about small seminar classes vs. large lecture halls? With so many choices, how do you even begin? Begin by finding your type. Check out this College Personality Quiz to get started.
Southern California is known for its abundance of colleges. In addition to our UC and Cal State Universities, we have a multitude of private colleges including Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Occidental as well as private universities such as Chapman, The University of San Diego, Redlands, and USC. Interested in STEM? Check out CalTech and Harvey Mudd. Southern California is also home to a variety of faith-based universities such as Biola, Azusa Pacific, Point Loma, and Pepperdine. Regardless of where you live, you are close enough to take a tour.
Plan to visit different types of colleges to see what feels right. At this stage, it is not about finding a specific college, it is about finding a good fit. Once you know your type then it’s time to make an appointment with Laura Kazan. She is here to help you build a list to match your academic strengths and extracurricular interests. So start making some visits. You might be surprised at what you find!
You can sign up for an appointment directly with Laura at https://calendly.com/ilead-
Looking for a new workout routine? This week’s challenge will help you keep your brain in shape! Research has shown that using brain teasers strengthens your mental muscles and builds problem-solving skills in all learners, especially children! We challenge you to work through some brain teasers with your family and notice the positive potential of playing with puzzles to bolster critical-thinking skills.
The month of November is the perfect time to focus on our monthly Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLO) of Gratitude. Below are a couple of videos that we hope will inspire learners and families to continue the active pursuit of this important character trait.
Our final upcoming Fall webinars are quickly approaching. We are proudly offering an in-person workshop on Learning Styles November 18 in San Bernardino and November 20th in Los Angeles. In addition, if you are interested in learning more about CTE, you won’t want to miss the webinar taking place on December 5.CTE_2019
November is here, and what better way to celebrate than with our SLO of the month, gratitude!
Here are some great questions for family discussion after you watch the video:
- How do you recognize what other people do for you?
- How do you show appreciation for opportunities and express appreciation?
- What are you most grateful for in your life?
On November 19, we are celebrating Kindness Day by painting rocks and writing encouraging sayings on them. We would love for learners to take the rocks and place them around the city for other people to find. The event will take place at Heritage Park in Santa Clarita (24155 Newhall Ranch Rd., Santa Clarita, CA) from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. RSVP here if you would like to attend.
November is the perfect time to reflect on the things that we are thankful for. This month, the schoolwide learner outcome focus is on gratitude. Expressing gratitude encourages a positive mind-set, reduces depression, and increases connectivity. Below are a few articles that you may want to take a look at to better understand why gratitude is an important part of our character education.Gratitude Poster