iLEAD Exploration Remains Open Virtually for Learners

iLEAD Exploration continues to operate its independent study model in an entirely virtual format. Click here for resources.

Jul 27, 2020 @ 01:00

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Brand New Exploration OC Learning Center!



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Learner Spotlight – ​Claire Stevens


FreshmanFreshman Claire Stevens is entering her second year with iLEAD Exploration. She attended and excelled in a traditional brick and mortar school through seventh grade. However, at the end of that school year, her jaw was broken. This led the Stevens family to look for alternative learning solutions. We are so fortunate that she found iLEAD.

Claire is an exceptional learner who has always achieved a high level of success in the classroom. The shift to independent study is not always an easy one, but Claire has made the transition seamlessly. She enjoys learning online because she is able to learn at her own accelerated pace. The fact that there is not a lot of wasted time and everything is to the point really appeals to her. This direct style allows Claire to complete her work and spend more time focusing on her passion: music.

ClaireClaire has been singing for as long as she can remember. She began taking it seriously when she was 7 and began writing her own songs a year later. Claire not only sings, but also plays the guitar, piano and ukulele. She hopes to be a successful singer, songwriter and musician. Claire is well on her way as she has already released two EPs with a third coming this December.

If you are interested in learning more about this talented young lady, you can visit her website, There you’ll find links to her music, YouTube videos, and social media accounts.

Never Forget


Sept. 11 is a time for reflection on a sorrowful day in our nation’s history. It is also a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the many heroes of our nation. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum has some great teaching resources for reflecting on this day.

Vendor Spotlight: My Amazing Pen Pal


My Amazing Pen Pal is a unique program that provides a safe, entertaining and interactive way for children ages 6-11 to learn about other countries through weekly videos, online content and monthly packages in the mail (but don’t let them know that they are also learning history, geography, social studies, language and problem-solving skills along the way!).

With new content on the Adventure Site three times a week, there’s always something new for kids to learn and explore.


Vendor Spotlight: Beachside Math


laurie-capalbo-225x300.jpgAre you looking for a great investment for your instructional funds that are sure to pay big dividends? Providing your learner with a math tutor has both short- and long-term benefits and is a great way to build confidence and make math fun!

Laurie Capalbo (Beachside Math) is a new vendor for iLEAD but she is no newbie to math! Her extensive and in-depth experience in applied mathematics coupled with her love of teaching is a great equation! Pun intended.

Mrs. Capalbo earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from U.C. Santa Barbara. After nine years of working in satellite communications, she left the aerospace industry and was promoted to homemaker and mother of three girls. She has been an instructor at HSFM since the math program began in 2011. In addition, she provides math tutoring for kids from elementary school to college. Her passion for teaching math has enabled her to present concepts in a learner-friendly manner. She also challenges kids not to just learn “how” to do math, but also to understand “why” we do math.

Laurie has earned the respect and admiration from families for being an incredibly gifted math tutor. She has the keen ability to unlock a learner’s math potential!

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Explore Books: ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’

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By Baroness Orczy

The year is 1792. The French Revolution, driven to excess by its own triumph, has turned into a reign of terror. Daily, tumbrels bearing new victims to the guillotine roll over the cobbled streets of Paris.… Thus the stage is set for one of the most enthralling novels of historical adventure ever written. The mysterious figure known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, sworn to rescue helpless men, women and children from their doom; his implacable foe, the French agent Chauvelin, relentlessly hunting him down; and lovely Marguerite Blakeney, a beautiful French exile married to an English lord and caught in a terrible conflict of loyalties — all play their parts in a suspenseful tale that ranges from the squalid slums of Paris to the aristocratic salons of London, from intrigue on a great English country estate to the final denouement on the cliffs of the French coast. For activities surrounding the book, please visit here.

CalArts Community Arts Partnership


The award-winning CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), a co-curricular program of CalArts, has begun registration. Study the arts from October to June in a studio environment where you can devote attention to your creative talents — for free. Develop your skills and build professional portfolios with the helpful guidance of CalArts faculty, alumni and learners. Classes culminate in the documentation of your work, as well as an arts festival for an audience of family and friends.

Classes are located in various parts of Los Angeles and on the campus in Valencia. For a complete listing of classes, please view their catalog.

Field Trips

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There are still several field trips and service projects available in September and October, and our next set of learning opportunities (for November and December) will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m.


Happy Labor Day to Our Dear Families!

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We hope your family enjoys a relaxing day with family and friends. Here is a recipe for making fruit pizza that your learners might enjoy creating!


Update on AB 318

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We have some good news regarding AB 318, a bill that sought to allow less flexibility within independent study by requiring more family-teacher meetings and/or check-ins. Your voices were heard, and this bill is in the “suspense” file, which means there will not be additional learning period meeting requirements at this time. For more information, please visit the California Charter Schools Association’s website.

Learner Spotlight – ​A ‘POWER’-ful Duo


IMG_8167-300x225.jpgMorgan (12th grade) and Kate (8th grade) Powers are a dynamic sibling pair! ​​On top of excellent and rigorous academic performance, they both have hearts of gold and a desire to serve others. Under the guidance of their mentor, piano and choir teacher, ​​iLEAD Vendor ​Jenny Park, they have been able to ​use their talents to serve others as a vocal coach, section leader, piano accompanist and ​conduct​or​. As a way to serve the community and the less fortunate, Ms. Jenny started a musical academy and choir at the OC Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope (or VOH for short) and created an opportunity for the Powers girls to be involved!

IMG_8168-300x225.jpgWhile at VOH, ​the girls had the opportunity to lead vocal warmups, help the kids get the wiggles out, teach some piano basics and lead music-related games. The best part, according to Kate, was forming close relationships. Kate said, “I wanted to pour into the girls at VOH and make sure they felt safe and loved. At first, the children were a little shy but by the end of the semester all of them came out of their shells. It was amazing to see all of their musical talents!”

Her sister Morgan explains further, “Kids from VOH are living in transitional housing and have not had an easy life. My sister Kate and I have been able to get to know the kids as they talk about their day, their fears and their joys, and even their birthdays! The very best part of working with the kids at VOH is getting hugs at the end of our time together each week.”

Their experience volunteering at Village of Hope has taught them how to sing with true joy. They are encouraged to live life to the fullest and have learned how satisfying it can be when you use your gifts, talents and passions to bless others.

Vendor Spotlight: Soteric Academy at New Learning Center


In addition to workshops and/or classes that will be offered by iLEAD at our new learning center, one of our vendors, Soteric Academy, offers many awesome high school courses (several are a-g)!

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CTE Online – STEM Integrated Project Ideas

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As we find amazing resources for our families, our team of educators will pass this information along to you! CTE Online is the California resource devoted to promoting rigorous academics in a learner’s pursuit of industry- and career-related coursework.

They do this by providing community access to the following:

  • Over 120 Model CTE Online STEM Integrated and PBL Projects
  • Thousands of Lesson Plans aligned to CTE Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Dozens of CTE Model Course Outlines
  • Almost 30,000 Instructional Resources

Happy exploring!

Explore Books: ‘The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible…on Schindler’s List’

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By Leon Leyson

“Much like ‘The Boy In the Striped Pajamas’ or ‘The Book Thief,’ this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list, brings to readers a story of bravery and the fight for a chance to live” (VOYA).

This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only 10 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow.

Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory — a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s list.

Told with an abundance of dignity and a remarkable lack of rancor and venom, “The Boy on the Wooden Box” is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you have ever read.

For meaningful discussion topics surrounding this book, visit here.

Field Trips

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Our field trip release last Tuesday was a big success! Families were eager to sign up for activities and events that enrich learning in the home. Tuesday is the last call for purchasing tickets to the Old Joe Homestead, Home Depot and Rancho Las Lomas field trips, as these outings are rapidly approaching, and the field trip team needs some lead time to make final arrangements for these trips. Be sure to check out the wide assortment of trips and service projects being offered in September and October!


Welcome Back!

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Dear Families,

welcome-back-2-240x300.jpgWe hope you had a great first week of school! Our dedicated team of educational facilitators have been working hard to custom-design an exciting year of educational opportunities for your family! Whether it be planning back-to-school get-togethers, field trips and/or service projects, researching curriculum or classes, placing orders, and/or sending you a variety of online subscription opportunities, our team of educators is here to serve you! We consider it a privilege to collaborate alongside your family and are looking forward to a fantastic year of learning together!

One item of note is our new website and a new format for Monday Messages. In addition to the Monday Message content, please be sure to glance at our quick links on the right hand side of our news. In addition to the school calendar and general contact info, this section highlights recently added vendors in the “new vendor” link and also has a link on how you can get an identification card created for your learners!


Fall Field Trips

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Our field trip team is excited to release its first round of fall field trips and service opportunities on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m.! At that time, a reminder will be sent to you via email and on our Exploration Facebook page, but you will need to log into the Hub section of our website to sign up for these exciting adventures! If you do not have a family login for the website, please contact your educational facilitator today so that they can assist you with your login information.

Please scroll to the bottom of the Monday Message to see a current list of the field trips that will be available for sign-up on our webpage on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m.

Explore Books: ‘The Kite Rider’

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The Kite Rider
By – Geraldine McCaughrean

From Carnegie Medalist Geraldine McCaughrean comes a dazzling story of adventure, betrayal, family, and sacrifice set in the dramatic world of thirteenth-century China.The Great Miao, master of the Jade Circus, offers Haoyou the amazing chance to escape his family’s poverty — by becoming a kite rider. Strapped onto a beautiful scarlet-and-gold kite, Haoyou is sent into the sky, earning money, freedom, and unexpected fame. Miao even plans for Haoyou to perform before Kublai Khan himself.

2016-2017 State Testing Results


State testing scores were mailed out this week to families with children who participated in the CAASPP state testing. Now posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) website is a video entitled “Understanding Your 2016–17 Student Score Report.” Approximately five-minutes in length, this video is an excellent resource for families to gain a better understanding of the 2016–2017 Student Score Report, which details your child’s standardized testing results.


Vendor Spotlight: Musical Theatre Orange County


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Welcome Back, Families!

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We are excited to announce many new enhancements to our expanding Exploration program:

  • Increased instructional funding for the 2017-2018 school year ($2,800 TK-8 and $3,000 high school)!
  • An amazing new website that will be regularly updated with exciting field trip opportunities, service projects, coffee chats, webinars and more! Be sure to log into the hub for additional information on curriculum, ordering and high school.
  • An experienced, highly qualified Exploration high school counselor and a college director servicing iLEAD Schools.
  • Expanded, flexible high school options for learners to fulfill their graduation requirements, preparing them for college and beyond.
  • The option to have many material orders delivered to your home (contact your educational facilitator for more information).
  • A new and improved Monday Message with relevant information for our families delivered in a blog format.
  • A new learning studio conveniently located in Costa Mesa (plans are incrementally being developed for this site, so stay tuned for more info about workshops and/or class offerings).
  • A growing, engaging, highly qualified staff whose members are eager to serve and assist learners and their families as they pursue their passions and dreams.

Field Trips and Service Projects

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iLEAD Exploration offers an unrivaled array of opportunities for real-world learning: With over 80 field trips and service projects planned throughout the year, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy! A wide variety of field trips and service projects have been planned for each region we service. We couldn’t accomplish this planning without the excellent feedback and input we receive from our families!

Click here to see a preview of this year’s field trips and service projects! These trips are scheduled to be released for signups at 10 a.m. Aug. 29.

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