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

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Our News & Events

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
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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

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
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CAASPP Testing

CAASPP Testing

Attention, iLEAD families of learners in 3rd-8th and 11th grade: We have posted a helpful webinar just for you! In case you missed it the first time around, here is the link to the 2021 CAASPP Testing Parent Webinar that contains pertinent information to help you and your learner be prepared for this statewide assessment.

We also encourage you to use the following printable math packets. These are designed to expose a learner to the different types of questions they may encounter on the math portion of the CAASPP test. These are also great assignments to add to your learner’s ILP.

Click, Print and Practice!

Testing Timeline

CAASPP Testing

Timelines can be such helpful tools when preparing for a coming event. Here is a testing timeline that we encourage you to use as you continue to prepare for the coming MAP and CAASPP testing.

Testing Window Dates: March 22 – June 4

  • March (ongoing): Start talking with your child’s EF to plan their test session days and sign up for test sessions (3rd-8th and 11th & 5th, 8th, and once in high school for science).
  • March 10: CAASPP webinar for parents (recording available).
  • March 17: CAASPP webinar for learners will be held at 12:00 p.m.

Prior to your scheduled testing date, confirm that your tech device is ready for testing or that you have a testing site solution.

The iLEAD team of educators is excited about synergizing with you as we continue to work together preparing, engaging and assessing our community of learners for the good of our charter family.

CAASSP Testing & Technology

CAASPP Testing

This year, learners will have the flexibility to take the CAASSP from the comfort of their own homes! This new convenience is exciting and makes testing more accessible. We also recognize there may be some new technical challenges that iLEAD is prepared to help families troubleshoot. As you help your learners prepare for the spring assessments, please be proactive when checking your testing devices and capabilities.

Device Information:

Learners will be able to test on a home PC, MAC, iPad running iPadOS14, or a borrowed school Chromebook. Please note that home Chromebooks purchased by families on their own or with school funds do not have the capability at this time to download a secure browser and cannot be used for testing.

Please coordinate with your EF and strategize ways you can solve your specific technology challenges in order to be ready for the CAASSP assessments.

For other technological supports within the test, please watch this video for accessing Embedded Testing Tools.

Spring Webinars

Fall Webinars

We are excited to share our upcoming webinars for 2021. On February 10 at 12 pm, our Educator University team will be spotlighting science kits. Please register here to learn more about great science kits that can supplement your curricula. Then, on February 12 at 10 am, join us for our High School Overview for New Families and Incoming 9th Graders. Please register here to learn more about iLEAD Exploration’s high school team and program.

Webinars 2021

Spring Webinars

Fall Webinars

We are excited to share our upcoming webinars for 2021. On February 10 at 12 p.m., our Educator University team will be spotlighting science kits. Please register here to learn more about great science kits that can supplement your curricula. Then on February 12 at 10 a.m., join us for our High School Overview for New Families and Incoming 9th Graders. Please register here to learn more about iLEAD Exploration’s high school team and program.

Webinars 2021

Fall Webinars

Fall Webinars

On Wednesday, November 18 at 12 PM, please join us for a webinar where we will be sharing ideas for how to supplement core social studies curriculum with learning kits. Register HERE.

Updated Webinars flyer with links

Fall Webinars

Fall Webinars

The high school team will share an overview of dual enrollment and present the advantages of taking community college courses while in high school. Join us for this helpful webinar on November 6, 2020, at 10 AM. Register here.

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Fall MAP Testing

Fall MAP Testing iLEAD Exploration

We wanted to remind you that our MAP testing window is coming to a close on October 30. We hope you take this opportunity to gather information regarding your learner’s progress.

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Fall Webinars

Fall Webinars

Interested in learning about your child’s learning modalities? Join us for a webinar on October 21 at 12:00 p.m. Register here.

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Update: PFT Test

PFT Test

On September 18, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 820. SB 820 prescribes that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to comply with state and local health guidelines, the yearly administration of the Physical Performance Test (PFT) for 5th, 7th and 9th grades shall be suspended for the 2020-21 school year. Therefore, iLEAD will not administer the PFT in the spring of 2021.

Fall Webinars

Fall Webinars

Have college application questions and need answers? Join us for our next College Application Q&A webinar on October 9 at 10 am. Register here:

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Fall Webinars

Fall Webinars

Fall webinars are here! Please click the event title on the flier to register for each webinar. Please join us this week on Wednesday, September 23, at noon, to learn more about how to use MAP results to guide learning. You can register here for this webinar!

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College Testing Update

SAT Updates iLEAD Exploration

Due to COVID-19, PSAT/NMSQT has been canceled for fall 2020. We will keep families updated if alternative testing options become available. It is important to note that UC/CSU schools will not be requiring SAT/ACT test scores to be submitted for fall 2021 applicants. Many more colleges across the country are becoming test-optional as well. Please set up a Calendly appointment with our college advisor, Laura Kazan, if you have questions about your college path!

College Update

SAT Updates iLEAD Exploration

Due to COVID-19, PSAT/NMSQT has been canceled for fall 2020. We will keep families updated if alternative testing options become available. It is important to note that UC/CSU schools will not be requiring SAT/ACT test scores to be submitted for fall 2021 applicants and many more colleges across the country are becoming test optional. Please set up a Calendly appointment with our College Advisor, Laura Kazan, if you have questions about your college path!

Fall MAP Testing

Fall MAP Testing iLEAD Exploration

We are excited to announce that the fall MAP testing window is now open. This assessment is conveniently taken in the comfort of your home and is a great way to start off the year. Results are quickly generated and will help target your learner’s specific areas of need. Please contact your educational facilitator for more information.

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MAP Testing Window is Open

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The MAP (Measured Academic Progress) testing window is now OPEN! Your EF is ready to set up those dates and times that work best for your family’s schedule.

Challenge of the Week

Challenge of the Week

In case you missed the very informative CAASPP parent webinar last week, here is the link to the Powerpoint that was presented: CAASPP Parent Information Webinar 2020. At the time the video was created, March testing was available, but that is not the case now due to the cancellation of in-person meetings.
With regards to CAASPP testing, the state expects learners to test once schools resume. Please register as soon as possible for your CAASPP spots in April and May so you are sure to get the location you prefer! In the meantime, please know that we are closely monitoring Coronavirus updates and will notify you if things change.
Learners who complete all of their CAASPP testing will be invited to attend an end-of-year OPT In Celebration at a fun, local place to celebrate completing the test! This will be a SUPER fun time to celebrate their hard work on the test!

CAASPP Testing Webinar

ELPAC Summative Test

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Challenge of the Week

Challenge of the Week

Scratch paper is your friend!

This week’s challenge involves the habit of using scratch paper on a regular basis while working through your learning process! Scratch paper is so helpful, not just for figuring out math problems (a must!) but also for creating a “rough draft” in language arts. If a learner is taking a test and accidentally erases their answer on the computer (happens every year!), they have not lost their brainchild! If they use paper and pencil to first draft their response, they can type it again from the answer they wrote on scratch paper. To practice this skill, encourage this habit on a daily basis leading up to the test.

Challenge of the Week

Challenge of the Week

To help your child feel more at ease with testing, try a practice test this week! Some may find it challenging (most do)! Use that feeling of being challenged to help them try tactics like “best guessing” and “deep breaths.”

Practice Tests

The practice tests available online will greatly assist in preparation for these tests. They will allow learners to clearly understand the types of questions they will see on the test and will help them better navigate the online test. We appreciate your efforts to help your child prepare for these statewide assessments by using the practice tests available. Below are the steps to access them.

  1. Click the practice test link. Take the Practice or Training Test.

  2. Make sure the guest user and guest session boxes are set to “ON” and click the green “Sign In” box.

  3. Select your child’s grade.

  4. The pink and purple boxes are for the language arts and math practice tests. If available, the orange is for the science practice test.

  5. If your child has an IEP with testing accommodations, you now have a chance to select any accommodations that you would like to have included in the practice tests. Scroll to the bottom and click the green “Select” box to move to the next page.

  6. Make sure you can hear sound with the sound check.

  7. Click “Continue” and then click “Begin Test.”

  8. Language arts and math practice test answers may be manually checked at this link: Go to the Guides!

  9. A scoring guide for the CAST training test can be found at this link: Scoring Guides. The guide provides information on alignment with the California Next Generation Science Standards, correct answers, and sample responses for constructed response items.

Challenge of the Week

Challenge of the Week

Before taking the real or practice tests, please have your kids watch this short video, and remind kids that every child tests at their OWN PACE. Encourage them to tune out those around them by creating their own BUBBLE OF PEACE and work in that, paying no mind to what is happening around them.
Additionally, hard questions on the MAP test can actually mean strong test performance. To learn more, visit here: WHAT IS ADAPTIVE TESTING?
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