iLEAD Exploration Remains Open Virtually for Learners

iLEAD Exploration continues to operate its independent study model in an entirely virtual format.

Feb 1, 2021 @ 18:00

Educational Resources

Our News & Events

The Discovery of Gold

Virtual Park Tour

We hope you’ll join us on April 22 at 11 a.m. when we explore the story of how the discovery of gold impacted California. Please take a look at the flier below for more information and registration details:

LINKED The_Gold_Discovery

Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the upcoming events in April:

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

Webinars 2021
VirtualEvents_Spring2021

SLO of the Month: Grit

grit

The Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLO) for April is grit. Grit is defined as “having courage and resolve; strength of character.” A person with grit works hard, has passion and not only sets goals, but follows through. Grit is important because it is a driver of achievement and success, regardless of 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 your level of grit, click here.

Grit Poster

CAASPP/MAP Testing Updates

ELPAC Summative Test

This past week, iLEAD received confirmation that the federal government approved California’s waiver request to allow districts to use nationally normed testing data like NWEA MAP in lieu of CAASPP testing for the 2020-2021 school year. This means we will move forward in administering end of the year MAP testing in both reading and math in place of CAASPP testing. While this allows flexibility and familiarity for our learners, this also means we must ensure every learner in grades K-11 takes the MAP Growth test this year in both subjects.

This decision will require the following:

  • All learners in grades K-11 will take the MAP Growth test in both reading and math. MAP Growth tests are approximately 50 questions and generally take about 60-90 minutes to complete per test. This can be done in multiple sessions to reduce the testing time and to be developmentally appropriate.

  • In order for learners to demonstrate the maximum amount of growth, MAP testing will take place in May.

  • Please do not assist learners on the test. We want to be able to gather accurate data and know how to best support each learner.

  • CAST science testing has been waived for this year. Both the NWEA MAP science and language tests are still optional if a learner would like to take them.

  • There is not an opt out option for internal benchmark testing because it is a program expectation.

  • Learners who qualify to take the CAA (California Alternate Assessment) will still take the CAA with someone from the iLEAD Student Support Team and will not need to MAP test.

  • If you have a child with an IEP or 504 with testing accommodations outlined on their IEP, these testing accommodations will be made available with MAP testing.

Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the upcoming events in April:

4/13 at 10 a.m.: Steven Quartly Art Studio Tour

4/14 at 12 p.m.: Learn How to Create Digital Portfolios

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Family Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

Webinars 2021
VirtualEvents_Spring2021

Virtual Excursions

museum

Museums still closed? No problem! Join us for a virtual tour of the Getty Museum on April 15 at 1 p.m. Then on April 22 at 11 a.m., you won’t want to miss the story of how the discovery of gold impacted California. Please take a look at the fliers below for more information and registration details:

Linked Getty Virtual Tour
LINKED The_Gold_Discovery

Learner University

LU

Learner University is offering small-group lessons to learners struggling in language arts and math. They will provide everything learners need during the sessions. Each session will have two parts to support the learner:

Part 1: Learners will be taught a specific concept from one of our wonderful educational facilitators. Homework will be emailed after the session.

Part 2: Learners will bring completed homework to review with the educational facilitator and have additional practice.

Please see the flier below for specific topics and details on how to register.

Learner U April 2Sessions

 

 

Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the events coming up in April:

4/13 at 10 a.m.: Steven Quartly Art Studio Tour

4/14 at 12 p.m.: Learn How to Create Digital Portfolios

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Family Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

Webinars 2021
VirtualEvents_Spring2021

Virtual Excursions

museum

Museums still closed? No problem! Join us for a virtual tour of the Getty Museum on April 15 at 1 p.m. Then on April 22 at 11 a.m., you won’t want to miss the story of how the discovery of gold impacted California. Please take a look at the fliers below for more information and registration details:

Linked Getty Virtual Tour
LINKED The_Gold_Discovery

6th-8th Grade Book Club

Book Club

We are excited about our final virtual book club of the year. Please join us Tuesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. for this fun event!

BookClubMarch_2021

Student Support Resources

Sending Love

Here at iLEAD we value the well-being of all our learners. Our Student Support teams are hard at work creating and providing services that target and support the needs of our learners. Their team is offering virtual lunch bunches to help learners meet new friends, chat with classmates, check in with a school counselor or just play fun activities…and more! Please check out this calendar for the next lunch bunch.

You can check out guidance lessons and presentations for learners of all ages here. These lessons address such topics as virtual safety, cyberbullying, and coping skills. If you are in need of counseling resources, you can find them here. Topics include anxiety, depression, suicide, and other pressing issues that learners may face.

Lastly, if you have any counseling needs, please sign up here for support. All of the info can be found on our counseling page.

Learner University

LU

Learner University is offering small group lessons to learners struggling in language arts and math. They will provide everything learners need during the sessions. Each session will have two parts to support the learner:

Part 1: Learners will be taught a specific concept from one of our wonderful educational facilitators. Homework will be emailed after the session.

Part 2: Learners bring completed homework to review with the educational facilitator and have additional practice.

Please see the flier below for specific topics and details on how to register.

Learner U April 2Sessions

 

 

7 Habits – Synergize

7 habits kids

This month’s habit is Synergize, the habit of creative cooperation. Working as a team is sometimes not an easy thing to do. Try these fun activities with your family to practice cooperation. Be sure to debrief afterward and discuss the hurdles that your family experienced and strategies to reduce those hurdles in the future.

Summer School

Never Stop

Are you looking to get credits over the summer this year? While iLEAD Exploration is not in session during the summer, parents may pay out-of-pocket for summer courses. Below are some credit-granting summer options to consider.

Explore Careers Using YouScience!

You Science

YouScience is the science of you! Utilizing a series of brain games, YouScience analyzes your unique aptitudes and interests and matches you to potential careers. If you are unsure what fields are a good fit for you or are simply seeking confirmation that what you’ve chosen is a match, YouScience can help! Once you’ve completed the “brain game” skills assessments, YouScience provides the following:

  • A comprehensive written report all about you, your skills, how you interact with others, how you learn, and what work/school environments are the best fit;
  • A list of in-demand careers matched specifically to your unique aptitudes (skills) and interests. You can view careers based only on skills, only on interests, or where these two overlap. You can even sort careers by the required years of education (0-3 yrs, 4 yrs, or 5+ yrs);
  • Detailed career information covering “A Day in the Life,” core tasks, which of your aptitudes match, and where your interests align. You’ll also see related careers, years of education required, suggested majors or programs, and salary and job openings.
Aptitude and career ideas gained from the YouScience program can be used in a variety of ways. They can help determine new electives to try before you graduate, college coursework on which to get a head start, and confirm or help you realize an intended college major. If you need any assistance with what to do once you have your results, set up an appointment with your counselor for additional guidance.

To access YouScience, log in through your Scoir account. If you have not yet registered your Scoir account, you should have a registration email waiting for you in your ileadexploration.org email. If you are not able to access your school email, be sure to submit a tech ticket to reset your password so you don’t miss out on all that Scoir and YouScience have to offer.

National Honor Society: Application for 2021-22

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school learners. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those learners who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. iLEAD Exploration is excited to invite all iLEAD Exploration learners who will be in 10th-12th grade during the 2021-22 school year, have been enrolled with iLEAD a minimum of one full semester, and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply. The application period is open from now until Friday, May 14th. If you applied last fall and received an acceptance letter then there is no need to apply again. Meetings will begin in October. Click HERE to apply.

ASB Corner

asb

GAME DAY RECAP
Hello, High Schoolers! On February 26th, iLEAD ASB hosted a virtual game day where we met fellow iLEAD learners and played fun virtual games. We played Among Us, Scattergories, and Gartic.io (Pictionary). There were about 15 learners and we all had an amazing time getting to know each other. We hope to see you all at our next ASB event!
Ariella Clarino
ASB Regional President

NOW ACCEPTING ASB APPLICATIONS FOR 2021-22
It’s that time of the year again!! ASB is accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. If you are interested in meeting other learners, planning events, and developing your leadership skills, we encourage you to apply! The deadline for applying is Friday, May 14, 2021.
ASB Application for New Members

HIGH SCHOOL CLUBS
It’s not too late to join the Gaming Club or Creative Writing Club! To join one or both clubs, RSVP here.

March Field Studies and Webinars

Field studies

Our team is working hard to bring you interesting webinars and field study experiences. The month of March is packed with events that you won’t want to miss. Please take a look below to view upcoming events. Also, don’t forget about our Virtual Talent Show. Submissions are due by April 14, 2021.

Please check out the fliers below for more fun events:

VirtualEvents_Spring2021
Webinars 2021

Butterfly & Host Plant Activity

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The Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on March 20, as the sun crosses the celestial equator going north. In preparation, this lesson can be adapted to multiple grade levels. In fact, this activity could be added to your child’s next ILP. Have fun!

Butterfly & Host Plant Activity

Irish-American Heritage Month

Irish american heritage

March is Irish-American Heritage Month. This is a great time to reflect, learn and celebrate what is a unique and brilliant strand of history. If you are ever in Chicago, you might want to visit The Irish-American Heritage Center. Below are a few resources that you may want to take a look at to learn more about Irish-American Heritage Month.

National Archives
National Day Calendar
The White House Briefing

Butterfly & Host Plant Activity

67730524_grayson_butterfly

The Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on March 20, as the sun crosses the celestial equator going north. In preparation, this lesson can be adapted to multiple grade levels. In fact, this activity could be added to your child’s next ILP. Have fun!

Butterfly & Host Plant Activity

Meet DreamUp to Space Team Member: Raegan Brown, Team Carrot

Aerospace

DreamUp to Space is a project that challenges young people to understand and explore the impact that microgravity has on matter. Through a partnership with DreamUp, iLEAD learners in grades 5-12 are inspired to develop the skills and knowledge to design, develop, and propose an experiment that could be run on the International Space Station.

In July of 2020, two teams from iLEAD Schools were selected for flight in the 2020 DreamUp to Space Virtual Mission & Experiment Design Challenge. Currently, learners from across the network are collaborating on these two teams — Team Carrot and Team Adzuki — in preparation for a spring launch of their experiments to the International Space Station.

Each learner has unique interests, strengths, and goals to bring to each team. We’d like to introduce you to our team members! Today we’re introducing Raegan Brown!

Meet Raegan Brown, Team Carrot

DreamUp Raegan BrownA 14-year-old freshman at iLEAD Exploration, Raegan has a passion for everything creative and loves to express herself through graphic design, art, and science. Among her many dreams and aspirations, Raegan would like to get into marketing and graphic design. She’s currently taking AP psychology, and in her spare time she loves to act and participate in theatre. Right now she has an LA agent and has been able to do commercials and audition for popular series and movies for major networks like Netflix, Nickelodeon, ABC, Disney, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Fox. When she gets the chance, Raegan loves to bake snickerdoodles, scones, and anything strawberry flavored!

We had the chance to ask Raegan a few questions!

Q&A with Raegan

How does it feel knowing that you have an opportunity that very few people have — to be part of a team sending an experiment to space?

“It feels great to know that I’m participating in such an amazing production, and I’m ever so grateful to have this opportunity to participate with such an incredible team and talented members.”

What’s a fun fact about you?

“I love everything Marvel! I’ve seen all the movies and television shows, I have merch, and I’ve recently gotten into the comic books!”

In what ways has this experience influenced or inspired you?

“After badging up with the DreamUp to Space program, I now can look at science in a way I’ve never looked at it before: Science is now very fun for me. It used to feel like another chore, and it is now one of my favorite subjects in school.”

We look forward to introducing more team members to you soon!

March Field Studies and Webinars

Field studies

Our team is working hard to bring you interesting webinars and field studies experiences. The month of March is packed with events that you won’t want to miss. Please take a look below to view upcoming events. Also, don’t forget about our Virtual Talent Show. Submissions are due by April 14, 2021.

Please check out the fliers below for more fun events:

VirtualEvents_Spring2021
Webinars 2021

Summative ELPAC

Summative ELPAC

Our testing window for the Summative ELPAC is open and our assessments are underway for all our English Language Learners this year through online and remote platforms. Thank you to those who have already tested, and we appreciate those who are testing soon!

If you missed our webinar outlining the Summative ELPAC and what families can expect, you can watch it here. Below are some tips and reminders for each of the domains tested through the ELPAC. Take practice tests together with your learner to get them familiar with the test and question types.

Speaking Domain

  • Remember to speak clearly and in English to receive credit for your answer.
  • Add details to your answer! The more information you can convey, the higher your will score.
  • Ask for the questions to be repeated if you are unsure of how to answer.

Listening Domain

  • You can listen to each part only once, so pause and take notes as needed.
  • Preview the questions ahead of time so that you can listen for specific information.

Reading Domain

  • Read the passage first. Read the questions. Then reread the passage looking for the specific answers.
  • Read all the answer choices and eliminate ones that are incorrect.

Writing Domain

  • For 3rd grade and higher, practice typing sentences and paragraphs in a Word document.
  • Review what a basic paragraph contains: opening sentence, detail sentences, and a closing sentence.
  • Carefully read the directions and make sure you are answering questions correctly.
  • Edit your writing before submitting (check for correct capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling).

Overall Tips

  • Take your time and ask questions. The test administrator is there to support you.
  • If you get overwhelmed, you can take a break. Let the examiner know.
  • Do your best!
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