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.

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Fall Webinars

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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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Apply to Join a DreamUp to Space Launch Team!

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Our 5th-12th grade learners are invited to apply to join one of two DreamUp to Space Launch Teams, featuring experiments designed by learners at iLEAD Exploration and SCVi!

Selected team members will run experiments in preparation for the actual experiments that will launch to space to be run by astronauts on the International Space Station with a target date of March 2021.

Team members will collaborate with facilitators and mentors at each stage. They will also be involved in promoting their mission, including creating videos and writing blogs. They will fundraise for experiment-related expenses as well as the chance to travel with their families to Kennedy Space Center, where they could present their experiment and watch it blast to space!

Watch the DreamUp to Space Launch Teams’ videos to understand more about the experiments:

If you would like to apply to join a DreamUp to Space Launch Team, please click below. You can also apply for both!

Deadline to apply: September 25, 2020.

For more information, please contact the Director of STEAM Initiatives, Kathleen Fredette, at kathleen.fredette@ileadschools.org.

To learn more about iLEAD Student Aerospace Projects, please visit ileadaerospace.org.

Fall MAP Testing

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Just a reminder 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. Your educational facilitator will contact you with more information.

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Meet and Greet

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Don’t miss our online Meet & Greet where we will introduce our team and break into smaller groups to explain our high school program and answer your questions directly. We’ve added a second session in the afternoon to accommodate more families. Please select the session that works best for you.
Session 1: September 11, 10:00 a.m. High School Team Meet and Greet #1
Session 2: September 11, 1:00 p.m. High School Team Meet and Greet #2

Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education

Career & Technical Education 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 is offering the following career pathways:

  • Patient Care
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public Service
  • Childhood Development
  • Performing Arts
  • Game Design
  • Animation
  • Photography

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. Talk with your EF about adding a CTE pathway to your courses for this 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 a 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 informational video and PowerPoint (also located here on the Hub) or reach out to us directly at cte@ileadexploration.org.

Schoolwide Learner Outcome: Purpose

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This year, we will continue to present the Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs). The SLOs that you will be seeing throughout the year address social emotional learning that directly impact academics and the success of our learners. Schoolwide Learner Outcomes help to create socially responsible, mentally healthy, innovative problem solvers.

This month we will be focusing on purpose. This is the perfect time of year to get organized. Do you set goals for yourself and map out ways to accomplish those goals?

Below are some goal setting worksheets that will help you determine your purpose both personally and academically this year.

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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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Welcome Back!

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Welcome Back, Families!

We hope you had a wonderful summer! We are looking forward to another great year working alongside your family. At iLEAD, we believe consistent development and growth are vital to one’s well-being and to our community as a whole! Over the course of this year, we will be highlighting the ideas developed by Stephen Covey in his widely renowned book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The concepts explored in this book are useful for people of all ages and from all walks of life! We will continue summarizing each habit in the Monday Message, and we hope it will encourage you to explore the habits at a deeper level by demonstrating and practicing them in your own environment. To start this year off, we are going to introduce you to Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind.

In the second chapter of his book, Covey states that decisions must be made strategically. The author literally begins with the end when he asks the reader to imagine his/her funeral and what others might be saying and thinking. What do you want them to say? What do you want them to think? These are the real core values that you probably care about most and that should, therefore, be the ones on which you focus your life’s work, both personally and professionally. As you lead yourself towards goals from the beginning and plan strategically, you will find that you can anticipate obstacles and distractions.

Today is the first day of school, and your educational facilitators are excited to support your learners along their individual learning paths. We are so grateful for you and the many hours (and years) you are devoting to the growth of your children! You are truly beginning with the end in mind! Have a wonderful first week of school!

Learner Spotlight: DeCoursey Family

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Meet Ruth, the newest — and eleventh — member of the DeCoursey family!

This past June, baby Ruth had the good fortune to join this large, loving iLEAD Exploration family who enjoy music, reading, and science. This active and accomplished family is animated by purpose — a purpose that leads them to serve and love one another and their community. Together, they make it a habit to participate in service projects with iLEAD Exploration, their church, and other organizations.

The DeCourseys: Sarah (12th), Ben (10th), Rebekah (8th), Daniel (6th), Lydia (4th), Hannah (3rd) and Josiah (1st) are also proactive and forward-thinking and, after four years of homeschooling, they have gotten homeschooling down, with everyone working together to prepare for what comes next.

The DeCourseys start out the year by writing down goals, both personal and academic — and even the little ones participate. When something occurs in the world that concerns them, the DeCourseys take action and employ their highly valued and well-honed writing skills to contact local elected officials to express their concerns.

The family’s two high schoolers showcase the family’s values. Twelfth grader Sarah has taken many community college courses to prepare for a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice and, ultimately, law school. She has also planned high school electives for herself in jewelry design and fashion design. She enjoys party planning and even organized a baby shower for her mom to welcome baby Ruth. Ben, 10th grade, wants to be a neurologist when he grows up. In a purposeful and proactive move, this young man designed a neurology elective for himself in 9th grade.

This family loves to sing and make music together, and all take lessons through a community music school, Harmony Project. Some of you might remember the DeCourseys singing and playing instruments together in the iLEAD Exploration talent show in 2018. They all love to stay active and through PE, with Ben and Daniel especially excelling at basketball. The DeCourseys are all readers and love doing science experiments together, with the older ones helping to teach the younger.

Hats off to the DeCoursey family!

 

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Around the World at the OC Learning Studio

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Virtual Field Trips

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As we get closer to the end of the school year, you may be looking for some fun enrichment activities to engage your learners. We would like to introduce this website that offers you free virtual field trips by grade level. You can find everything from an M&M factory tour to live cams at the San Diego Zoo. Have fun exploring!

Checkmate!

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Learning how to play chess is a wonderful way to engage in multiple problem solving strategies. Chess requires patience and logical application while using critical thinking skills. Many iLEAD learners are growing these skills by playing chess at home with family or online with friends. ChessKid is one site that offers a free and safe program for learning and playing chess at any skill level.

Virtual Pet Show and Tell

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Spring MAP Testing

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Although state testing has been cancelled, spring MAP testing will continue for all learners in grades K-10. Learners take the MAP test in their own home at a time convenient for each family and their EF. Think about what time of day your learner will feel their best and if they would prefer to work through the whole test with a break in between or whether they prefer to break it up over a couple of days. Please find a time in the coming weeks to schedule this test with your educational facilitator.

For more information, watch this introduction video to learn about MAP testing (Powerpoint here). You can also visit NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.

Educational Resources

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Here at iLEAD, we have a family first approach to learning. During this virtual time, we want to further support you by providing you with some more free online resources. With changing schedules, we hope these help enrich your day!

Storyline is an incredible site that offers videos of picture books being read by actors and actresses. They have a wide variety and it is a wonderful resource to utilize from home!

Teacher Created Materials is curated by teachers is proud to offer these FREE teacher-approved resources for at-home learning! These materials are designed to help learners solidify educational concepts.

Terra Arts is offering free virtual lessons that address core content and include worksheets and teaching guidance.

Pobble 365 offers an incredible technique for encouraging kids creative thinking, story telling, and grammar basics. Each day a photo/painting is displayed along with questions to help develop the creative thinking process. They often provide a story starter based on the image, as well as ways to develop literary devices such as personification, and how to “fix”/edit sentences.

Kennedy Center Artist in Residence, Mo Willems, is offering daily live drawing “doodle” classes! Classes are at 10:00 a.m. but can be streamed later in the day as well! Mo Willems is the author/illustrator of several children’s series.

The Cincinnati Zoo is bringing the zoo to you via Facebook live.

National Geographic offers resources and student experiences that can be adapted to all grade levels and subjects.

Virtual Field Trips allows you to explore the world without leaving your home.

Planets for Kids is a free astronomy website for kids who are curious about the stars and planets.

Sciencing is a site that offers easy science project ideas for kids of all ages.

Code Wizard HQ offers free coding websites, classes and apps to help kids interested in coding.

Storytelling in a Box is brought to you by Disney Imagineers. Hundreds of career disciplines around the world share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – that all come together to create immersive experiences. Imagineering in a Box allows you to explore different aspects of theme park design, from characters to ride development, as you design a theme park of your very own.

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS

Free Online Resources for High School Learners

At iLEAD Exploration, we are happy to provide learners with high school curriculum and online vendor suggestions, both of which can be purchased using instructional funds. We also have a variety of free resource suggestions for our high school families. While this list is non-exhaustive, we hope you find it helpful. These resources are available through the Hub on our website when you log into your account. The results can be narrowed down by subject and grade level. A few of our favorites are MITOpenCourseware, KhanAcademy, and Coursera. We hope you enjoy exploring these free resources!

High School Hangouts

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In January, high school learners had an opportunity to get together for a game day. It was a great time to get to know one another and a great time was had by all. One learner, Kniyah, said, “It was a fun experience because I got to socialize with other homeschoolers and I got to play games and just be around other kids. The food was great and so were the games. I can’t wait for the next game day!” We hope you can join us at our next event, our high school hike and hangout! See below for details.

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FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS

Free Online Resources for High School Learners

At iLEAD Exploration, we are happy to provide learners with high school curriculum and online vendor suggestions, both of which can be purchased using instructional funds. We also have a variety of free resource suggestions for our high school families. While this list is non-exhaustive, we hope you find it helpful. These resources are available through the Hub on our website when you log into your account. The results can be narrowed down by subject and grade level. A few of our favorites are MITOpenCourseware, KhanAcademy, and Coursera. We hope you enjoy exploring these free resources!

What’s Next? Gap Year

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February is Gap Year Exploration Month! A gap year is a purposeful break between high school and college. There is often an emphasis on experiential learning and pushing beyond one’s comfort zones. Learners return from gaps years with a better understanding of future college goals and a clearer sense of purpose. Gap years can be structured or unstructured. The Gap Year Association offers advice on how to plan a gap year.

Learners can approach gap years in two ways: They can wait to apply to college or they can ask the college to defer their start date. Not all colleges will allow a student to take a gap year, so find out the college’s policy before you apply. Some colleges will require a student to apply again the following year while others will allow the break.

If you are interested in looking at the gap year option, the Gap Year Association has information on accredited gap year programs as well as scholarships. Students can search by interest and timing, or they can look at a full list of opportunities including alumni reviews.

Here is some additional reading on gap years. One of the first books written about gap years is The Gap-Year Advantage.

Science Fair 2020: Deadline to Enter 2/24

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Science Fair 2020

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Field Trip Review

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iLEAD Exploration learners had the opportunity to participate in a variety of field trips. Here are a few that were enjoyed by our learners and their families.

Queen Mary Ellis Island Experience

This field trip was a re-enactment of the immigrant experience entering the United States through Ellis Island. The trip started with a thoughtfully done video about the journey from Europe to New York and then learners were directed to an “inspection room” where they gently experienced having to submit their passport for approval. Learners had to wait to be “inspected” by a doctor and to answer questions to confirm their mental and physical health. Some learners were quarantined if their responses were questionable. Others were approved and sent to another waiting area to get final approval and had to communicate with an “immigration officer” to verify where they would be living and who would be picking them up from Ellis Island. Following this experiential learning, there was an opportunity to debrief collectively and share reflections. The people leading the experience stayed in character in order to help learners get a sense of what it would have felt like to immigrate through Ellis Island 100 years ago.

Flowbox Desert Rocks

The kids learned circus arts and climbed the rock wall. They all had such a blast!

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iLEAD Exploration learners attended a physical forces workshop at LEGOLAND where they learned about gravity. inertia, and friction. After the lesson, they got into teams where they designed their own LEGO car. Teams raced their cars in various heats and had the opportunity to go back and redesign their car to make it even better. Our iLEAD Exploration learners loved this hands-on approach to LEGO learning!

Vocabulary/Spelling City

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A strong vocabulary is an indispensable tool. When we help our learners study vocabulary across all content areas, we help set them up for increased confidence and success. We strengthen their ability to effectively comprehend complex material as well as communicate their thoughts and ideas.

Vocabulary/Spelling City, one of our optional subscriptions, is a resource that can be used to strengthen a learners’ vocabulary. The site provides grade-level, pre-made lists for the core content areas of math, science, and social studies. Vocabulary/Spelling City not only makes it fun to learn new words but incorporates a variety of strategies to help ensure the vocabulary words stick.

If you do not have a membership with Vocabulary/Spelling City, Quizlet.com is a great option for strengthening vocabulary and spelling. You can create your own lists or use pre-made lists that are on the site.

Charter Profile

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Be sure to view our public school profile for iLEAD Exploration (our official charter name is iLEAD Hybrid). Since opening five years ago, we have built a solid charter school option for all types of learners!

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