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Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education (CTE) is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses covering technical and occupational knowledge. The goal is to provide learners with a pathway to postsecondary education and/or career. You can think of this as a way for learners to “major” while in high school and focus on elective courses of specific occupational interest. iLEAD Exploration began our CTE program this school year with the following career pathways:

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To complete a CTE Pathway, learners need to choose a pathway, identify a career within that pathway, and then complete a two-year sequence of courses. Speak with your EF about adding a CTE pathway to your courses for the next school year.

Don’t see a career of interest above? That’s okay! There are many CTE opportunities available through your local community college. These programs offer state-of-the-art equipment and accredited certificates that can lead directly to a career. As an added bonus, you can also earn college units while working towards your career of interest! A simple search for CTE + the college name will bring up a listing of all their CTE Pathways. If you are interested, contact the Strong Workforce Counselor at your local community college.

For more information or assistance, view our CTE Webinar or reach out to us directly at cte@ileadexploration.org.

Schoolwide Learner Outcome: Optimism

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This month’s schoolwide learner outcome (SLO) is optimism. Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Optimism is an attitude that positively affects your outlook on life and education. We will continue to explore the concept of optimism in upcoming Monday Messages!

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Learner Spotlight: Ivan Baney

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iLEAD Exploration learner Ivan Baney is an ideal candidate to demonstrate self-control, this month’s SLO. He keeps a daily calendar to stay on track with goals and responsibilities. He chooses to finish his work, whether at home or at school, before doing extracurricular activities. The ninth grader cheerfully takes recommendations and constructive criticism and uses it to make better choices in future situations. And although he wants to relax and have fun, like all teens, he has set high goals for himself and is willing to work hard and then enjoy time off.

One of those high goals is to become an Eagle Scout. Ivan has been a scout since he was six years old and has moved from being a Cub Scout to a Boy Scout. He attends scout meetings weekly, participates in summer and winter camp, and also is striving to earn merit badges along the way to the prestigious distinction of Eagle Scout. Scouting is a big part of Ivan’s life and also keeps him involved in many service projects in the community as well as fun, team-building activities like a Dungeons and Dragons gaming group that many of his fellow scouts participate in.

Ivan wants to be an engineer when he grows up, so he is always learning new technology skills. This year he is learning how to build a computer from scratch and also dove into learning coding and basic programming. He has taken an intense interest in growing his math skills, as he knows this will be invaluable to his career. In middle school, Ivan struggled with math, but once he learned that he needs strong math skills for his dream job, he had a change of mind and activated his self-control. With daily work, tutoring when needed, and a dramatic shift in his attitude toward mathematics, Ivan is now seeing the fruits of his hard work in a high score in algebra!

Ivan is a work-hard, play-hard kind of guy. He has many hobbies, including playing complex board games with friends and family. His favorites are war games based on historical events. He also plays the piano daily both for school and for pleasure; he greatly enjoys the process of creating music. In the warm months he enjoys tennis, rebounding, and biking in the mountains.

Learner Spotlight: Ivy Roth

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iLEAD Exploration learner Ivy Roth is a stellar example of self-control. It takes a good bit of self-mastery to manage all her hobbies, interests, and activities, all the while excelling in school. A second-generation homeschooler, Ivy learns at home with her mother, Jyoti, a practicing lawyer and former homeschooler who has chosen to work from home so she can pass on the homeschool legacy to her daughter.

This kindergartener credits her ability to manage her actions, emotions, and impulses to her daily practice of yoga and meditation, which help her to ground herself and breathe. These mindfulness practices help set the stage for good decision-making and help her weather difficult situations and stress.

Ivy has many passions that she is able to pursue along with her independent study. She likes to garden and is currently growing soybeans. An animal lover, Ivy has three bunnies that she calls “bun buns.” She takes excellent care of Chai, Pudding, and Peanut and enjoys spending time with them but also is committed to doing the less glamorous chores, such as cleaning their cages and feeding and watering them. Ivy has caught the travel bug and enjoys taking trips with her family. She’s been to Virginia and Indiana and recently spent four weeks in Alaska.

Camping, art, violin, choir, and ballet round out Ivy’s extensive list of interests. She is also a bit of a fashionista and is currently learning to sew so she can make her own clothes. Ivy enjoys meeting with her co-op friends for weekly activities and monthly field trips.

Ivy tries to live by her motto: “If you choose to change the world, leave it better than when you found it,” and clearly this bright, active learner does just that.

Learner Spotlight: Zachary Kennison

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Boredom is never a word you would associate with iLEAD Exploration learner, Zachary Kennison, as he is constantly busy using his creativity. It takes a lot of this month’s student learning outcome (self control) to finish so many projects and to stick with the many activities that Zack participates in.

Most weeks, you will find this busy fifth grader reading, playing catch with his brother in the backyard, completing projects incorporating recent field trips or experiences, and enjoying multi-subject art classes with friends. Zack appreciates managing his own schedule to comfortably fit in plenty of fun science experiments, math, fiction writing, art, coding, and organized team sports like water polo in the fall and little league baseball in the spring. Between all his activities, Zack enjoys playing with friends, interacting with the family pet chameleon, learning chess strategies, creating his own board games, following SpaceX current events, dreaming up new inventions, and baking big cakes (the bigger the better).

Some of his friends say homeschoolers are lucky because they never have to do homework. Zack says “I actually do much more, because I am able to work all day long if I want to.” And he likes it that way.

It doesn’t take long to realize Zack is a critical thinker, always making interesting connections between the patterns of nature, animals, machines, art, words, and human needs. He is always thinking of new inventions to help solve both minor and major problems in the world. His critical thinking is evident from his original board game creations to his multi-faceted project presentations.

Zack possesses an intellectual curiosity that cannot be contained. He likes to explore new concepts and cultures through activities, travel, and food. For the last five years, he has participated in an annual Japanese culture program to appreciate part of his heritage. For those two weeks each year, he is known only by his Japanese name, Hikaru. The experience opened his eyes to the many cultures of the world as well. He enjoys thinking up cool hands-on projects and messy experiments. Frequently, his ideas begin with, “what if…”.

Zack also enjoys entrepreneurial ventures like selling products at craft fairs and helping to run the book fair at his brother’s school. He is learning first-hand all about product management, business financials, marketing strategies, and supply and demand.

Some of Zack’s personal achievements include writing a chapter book based on his favorite novel series, building up his math endurance, and contributing, both mentally and physically, to his sports teams. He was granted a scholarship to attend a waterman’s program in Hawaii where he continued to hone his skills paddling surf ski kayaks and 2-person and 8-person outrigger canoes.

But Zack’s main accomplishment over the last few years of learning with iLEAD Exploration is his ability to manage his own time, set his own pace for academics, and prioritize his time so he can do what’s important to him. He is an independent, forward-thinking learner who likes to learn from new experiences or by solving problems. He exhibits confidence to try new things, meet new people, and learn new concepts. iLEAD is the perfect match to walk beside Zack on his life-long path of learning.

Schoolwide Learner Outcome: Self-Control

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This month’s schoolwide learner outcome (SLO) is self-control, the thinking skill that helps children learn to control their feelings and behaviors in order to make good decisions while helping to reduce impulsive actions, and dealing effectively with frustration. As an example, a person may exhibit self-control when encountering a difficult problem on a test. Rather than impulsively writing down an answer, they are able to control their anxiety and figure out the answer. We will continue to explore the concept of self-control in upcoming Monday Messages!

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Lunar New Year

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Lunar New Year is an Asian festival celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. Traditionally, celebrations run from the eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. Join the celebrations below for their annual Lunar New Year festival celebrating the “Year of the Rat” on Saturday, January 25.

Orange County: Lunar New Year Events

Los Angeles: Golden Dragon Parade

La Verne: Asian American Expo

Pasadena: Lunar New Year Celebration at USCV Pacific Asia Museum

San Gabriel: Lunar New Year Festival

TED Talk: Zest

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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?

Talent Show and Artisan Boutique

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Join us for iLEAD’s 2nd annual Artisan Boutique on December 6, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Come enjoy our talented learners as they perform and support our creative artisans who will offer artwork, specialty items, crafts, and baked goods to purchase at the event.
This is a perfect time in the season to find that special handmade gift!
Talent Show & Artisan Boutique event locations:
Orange County
iLEAD Learning Studio
2850 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Los Angeles County
Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church
438 E. Harvard Rd
Burbank, CA 91501

Monthly SLO: Gratitude

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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.

Heart and Will

Gauging Your Gratitude

Choosing an Angle

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Field Trip Reflections

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iLEAD Exploration learners have enjoyed learning while participating in some exciting field trips. Here are a few highlights:

California Science Center-Dog Exhibit: Families from across three counties bravely fought through traffic to come together to learn about dogs and their superpowers. We watched an IMAX movie profiling how dogs rescue people from avalanches, drowning, and natural disasters while using their incredible senses and unique body types. iLEAD Exploration learners explored an exhibit about everything dog-related and concluded their time through interaction with a working therapy dog.

In-N-Out: iLEAD Exploration learners and their parents enjoyed their time touring the restaurant, hearing about the history, cutting their own fries and asking questions at the end of the tour. They especially loved the free meal!

PBS SoCal: This was a fun and educational opportunity for our awesome learners and their families to learn about one of our local public TV stations and how they are able to get our favorite shows on our screens! iLEAD learners also visited one of the sets where the station filmed their news and they had an opportunity to touch the cameras!

Performing Arts Program: iLEAD Exploration learners had a magical and musical time participating in a music class hosted by Disney’s Performing Arts program. They learned how the use of melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, and the tempo creates a magical atmosphere that visitors experience. Learners were left with an appreciation that, “There is a terrific power to music. You can run any of [Disney’s] pictures and they’d be dragging and boring, but the minute you put music behind them, they have a life and vitality they don’t get any other way.” -Walt Disney.

Webinar: Different Learning Styles

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Learner Spotlight: Milena & Miya de Vera

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The de Vera sisters provide each other with genuine encouragement and consistently support one another as each strives to do her best. Milena (12th) and Miya (9th) de Vera are constantly looking for ways to improve their learning and other experiences.

 

Milena, who owns a donut business called Hoops, continually seeks to grow her knowledge base. She originally developed gluten-free donuts for her sister, who suffers from Celiac disease and was unable to enjoy the yummy hoop-shaped baked goods. Since then, Milena has taken this idea and grown it into a licensed, expanding business. To always keep learning and growing, Milena enrolled in a cooking class to develop her baking chops. Previously, she took a consumer math course to help keep accurate financials for her business. She tests and retests multiple recipes to come up with her line of products, and has persevered even when times were tough. Fortunately, her effort paid off and she learned from her mistakes to end up with a great product. Milena has even been asked by Williams Sonoma to participate in a pop-up bake sale for the “No Kid Hungry” charity this fall. She is graduating from iLEAD this year and plans to attend community college while she expands her business.

Younger sister Miya is as equally dedicated to her passion for art. She has taken many art courses and entered many contests including those through Google, LA County Library Bookmark, and the LA County Fair. She won first prize in the Library Bookmark contest, and two years in a row took home blue medals at the county fair. But it’s not always win-win-win. Even when she doesn’t get recognition, Miya continues to enter art contests and showcase her art without giving up. As a true lifelong learner, Miya is also taking courses to help her advance her art repertoire. As a brand new high schooler this year, Miya has sought to expand her art repertoire and is taking classes in digital arts, animation, and drawing. She aspires to attend CalArts and is working on creating an Etsy business to sell her artwork.

Both of these learners demonstrate a growth mindset because they are willing to look at what didn’t work and improve it for the next time to be successful. They challenge themselves and push themselves. They don’t fear failing because they see it as a learning opportunity and are willing to put the work into their passions and academics to be successful.

Webinar: Different Learning Styles

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MAP Testing

MAP Testing

The MAP is a beginning and end-of-year assessment that our learners take to discover strengths and areas for continued growth. Your learners can test from their own homes at a time convenient for the family, and the results are available the very next day! Only families and EFs view individual results, and your EF will review the reports with you to celebrate strengths and growth as well as identify areas of focus for the school year.

Several reports are available, including a one-page family report that shows your child’s reading level and how their score compared to other learners across the country. A longer report listing all the skills that your child is ready to develop is also available. The scores can also be plugged into Khan Academy, Newsela, the optional subscription Exact Path, and many other websites to acquire a set of learning activities perfectly customized to your child’s level.

There is a reading and math test, each about 40-60 questions long. You can pause the test at any time, as often as needed. You can also opt for a shorter 20-question test that includes a basic grade level comparison but does not give you a full skills report. Both tests support our standing as a school, and we sincerely appreciate your participation. Please contact your EF to set up a time to begin testing!

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Introducing CTE

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This year, we are excited to introduce a new program for our high school learners. Career and Technical Education (CTE) allows learners to essentially “major” in high school. It is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide learners with a pathway to postsecondary education and career. It provides learners with an opportunity to pursue purposeful electives and participate in productive career exploration. Contact your EF or our CTE coordinator, Ally Adair-Chung, at ally.adairchung@ileadexploration.org for more information.

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Introducing CTE

Career and Technical Education

This year, we are excited to introduce a new program for our high school learners. Career and Technical Education (CTE) allows learners to essentially “major” in high school. It is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide learners with a pathway to postsecondary education and career. It provides learners with an opportunity to pursue purposeful electives and participate in productive career exploration. Contact your EF or our CTE coordinator, Ally Adair-Chung, at ally.adairchung@ileadexploration.org for more information.

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Learner Spotlight: The McLaughlin Family

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The McLaughlins are longtime homeschoolers who appreciate the freedom to pursue their passions and learn what interests them. Both Owen and Tess McLaughlin appreciate the flexibility to shape their own education to their learning styles and adjust its pace to their needs.

Owen McLaughlin is a 14-year-old freshman. He has been homeschooling for eight years and takes full advantage of the great vendors iLEAD Exploration offers. He rock climbs, plays the piano, and is working on his second-degree orange belt in karate. His two favorite subjects are history and science. He enjoys history because he likes to understand the events that contribute to where we are today. As for science, he has loved this subject since he could talk. He loves the challenge science offers and the logical answers it gives through discovery. Owen has been on the Hart District Robotics Team 691 for two years, where he is the team’s quartermaster. This year was super exciting because his team made it to the world competition.

 

Tess McLaughlin is an 11-year old iLEAD Exploration learner who has been homeschooled from the start. Her passion is ballet and she is excited that this year she goes on pointe. She has taken voice and musical theatre lessons since she was six years old at one of iLEAD’s wonderful and nurturing vendors, Vibe Performing Arts Studio. She has made the leap this year to the big stage with another one of iLEAD’s great vendors: The Canyon Theatre Guild where she has performed in James and the Giant Peach musical and now has landed a lead in The Adventures of Robin Hood. She is happy to have found a tribe of kind and supportive homeschool kids at the theatre! Her favorite subjects are reading and science. She loves reading because it can take you into worlds you never would have imagined. She never leaves home without a book in hand. She loves science because of the hands-on experiments (such as a bioluminescent experiment).

Asked where they see themselves in 10 years, Tess imagines herself dancing with the Joffrey Ballet Company as a prima ballerina, while Owen imagines himself as a mechanical engineer in his dream job at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Bravo to the McLaughlin learners!

 

Navigating High School Electives

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Electives truly are one of the most exciting and fun aspects of high school for learners. When it comes to finding an elective course that is right for your learner, the sky’s the limit!

In order to fulfill graduation requirements, high school learners need to earn 60 credits of electives. These elective credits can be fulfilled in countless ways.

Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

  • Once the required credits are met in any given subject area, any additional classes taken in that subject will count towards elective credits.
  • Some learners opt to take electives through vendors, at home, or out in the community, while some prefer to learn the content online.
  • When trying to decide which elective would be best for your learner, start with what he or she is passionate about. Options range anywhere from baking to cosmetology to creative writing, and everything in between.
  • If iLEAD does not currently offer an elective that your learner is interested in taking, you can create a customized course request to add that elective to our course list. Please talk with your EF if you are interested in doing this. Learners have created some very interesting and “outside the box” courses based on their interests and passions!
  • Another option is looking at the vast offerings of courses offered at local community colleges. Since one semester of a community college class can count as two semesters of high school (depending on the course), many learners are taking advantage of this great opportunity. As an added bonus, community college classes are free to high schoolers, so you can’t beat that! If this sounds of interest to you, talk to your EF about the process of dual enrollment.

Electives truly are the “dessert” in our homeschooling banquet. They are a fun and enriching way to nurture your learner’s passions as well as introduce him or her to new and exciting activities!

Parent Roundtable Webinar

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Celebrating Black History Month

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February is Black History Month. We are honored to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African American culture. There are many ways to learn more about this rich history and its societal impacts. Below are some resources and events that you may want to investigate:

Aquarium of the Pacific’s African-American Festival

On Feb. 23 and 24, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will host its 17th annual festival that celebrates African American culture. General admission tickets also get you into the festival. Adults are $29.95, learners 3-11 are $17.95.

California African American Museum

On Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1-3 pm, the artist Albert Chong will be hosting a family workshop where learners will be working with copper to create a keepsake.

African American Firefighter Museum

The Museum of African American Art

The San Bernardino County Museum proudly presents the Footsteps To You exhibit that will run through April 1.

Revolutionary War Reenactment

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The Huntington Beach Historical Society is hosting a reenactment of the American Revolution in Huntington Beach on Feb. 16-17. Come experience the founding of our nation with some of the finest living history presenters. This event is free to the public. For a schedule of the reenactment, please click here.

 

Vendor Spotlight: GeneRaTion DCD

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If you haven’t heard of GeneRaTion DCD, you might be missing out! GeneRaTion DCD is creativity at its best with dance, art, and educational services for the entire family. Located in Burbank, their customers are treated like family, and the service is exceptional. The following is a glimpse at what you can enjoy through GeneRaTion DCD:

Dance for inspiration and expression! Classes are offered for every generation from age 2 through those in their golden years. Ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and theatrical are just some of the classes they offer!

Creating Art for passion and inspiration at work! These classes help to develop fine motor and pre-writing skills as well as problem solving. Individuality is encouraged and all types of media are used.

Discover the Joy of Learning classes for young children that include educational and developmental activities such as crafts, playtime, rug time, songs, dance, and more.

We encourage you to check out their website here for full details and information.

Craft Fair at the OC Studio

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Calling all iLEAD Exploration crafters and makers! The OC Learning Studio will be hosting the first-ever iLEAD Exploration Learner Holiday Craft and Maker Fair on Friday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. While shopping is open to ALL homeschooling families, only iLEAD Exploration learners will have the opportunity to reserve booth space to display and sell handcrafted items. It’s time to start building your creative inventory! Please RSVP here if you would like to reserve a booth. Stay tuned for more information.

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