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Bilingual Employees and the Workplace


The need for bilingual employees in the workplace continues to grow! In fact, the number of jobs aimed at bilingual workers more than doubled from 2010 to 2015. Speakers of Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish are in high demand. Understanding and speaking multiple languages is an advantage in the workplace and makes one more marketable.

The US government is currently seeking out translators, intelligence officers, and diplomats to serve in foreign embassies. Locally, law enforcement hire and pay bilinguals more because they have a better ability to investigate crimes, interview witnesses, and respond to emergencies. In the private sector, bilinguals have an advantage because multinational companies need employees who can communicate with clients who are in different parts of the world and speak different languages. Outsourcing in the technology industry has also opened up the job market for bilinguals, and it actively seeks out an international workforce that can span various countries. They are specifically looking to hire bilinguals who can communicate in highly technical and trade-specific work. With a rapidly growing healthcare industry and with 10 percent of the population speaking English as a second language, there is a constant demand for bilingual nurses, medical assistants, medical administration, and doctors. There is a wide-open road ahead for those who have an ability to speak more than one language!

For more information, please visit “Top Trending Jobs for Bilingual Speakers in 2019” and “Top 10 Careers If You Are Bilingual.”

ELAC Meetings 2019-2020


The English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) is a school-level committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members designated to advise school officials on English learner programs and services. Each school with at least 21 learners must form an ELAC, and the committee must meet at least four times a year.

The dates of iLEAD Hybrid’s (of which iLEAD Exploration is a program) 2019-20 ELAC meetings are as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 12
  • Wednesday, January 29
  • Tuesday, February 25
  • Tuesday, March 17
  • Tuesday, April 28
  • Friday, May 1

All meetings will be held at 10:30 a.m., and the agenda and login information will be sent via email to EL families a few days prior to each meeting.

Webinar: Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment


Backpacks Full of Hope 2020


If you have been thinking about joining the spring 2020 Backpacks Full of Hope relief trip to Puerto Rico, now is the time to sign up. Only 10 spots remain open on our team, and registration must be completed by Friday, Nov. 15th. Click here to register today!

Important Details

  • 10 team spots remain
  • Total trip cost: $1,550
  • New registration: $1,150 due by Nov. 15
  • The trip is non-refundable after Nov. 30
  • Remaining payments are due on Jan. 31

This is the third Backpacks Full of Hope trip, and we believe it is an important one. During the first and second trips, some of the most impactful feedback we had from those we were helping was hearing how much it meant to have people travel there to provide assistance. The work we are doing to aid our fellow Americans matters, and we’d love to have you be a part of it!

If you haven’t had a chance yet, please watch our latest video about the Backpacks Full of Hope project, and please consider sharing it with your circle (ex., post to Facebook, etc.). Additionally, if you are interested in donating to the trip or providing a sponsorship, contact today!

College Fairs and Events

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There are many ways to explore colleges! Check out some of these events online and in person.

California Out of State and International College Fairs (COSI)
October 21: Yorba Linda/Tommy Lasorda Field House
October 25: Del Mar Racetrack/Mission Building
Hosted by COSI Fairs
COSI Event Details
COSI Registration

STEM Colleges Panel
November 7th at 10 am (online)
Hosted by College Seekers, this online event enables you to meet with the admission staff from five STEM colleges and learn about admission requirements and financial aid. Registration is coming soon!

Global Colleges & University Fair
November 13 from 4 am – 4 pm ET (online)
Hosted by College Week Live, this free virtual college fair is your chance to connect directly with top universities across the U.S. and all around the world.
Global Colleges & University Fair Event Schedule

Visit College Week Live anytime!

TED Talk: Growth Mindset

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We are excited to present our next TED talk for the month of October on growth mindset!

If you have any thoughts that you would like to share, we would really like to hear from you on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

As you watch the video, some great questions for family discussion include:

  • Has there ever been a time when having a fixed mindset gets in your way or stopped you from reaching your full potential?
  • What is, “the power of YET,” and what does it mean to you? Is there anything in your life right now that you can add a “YET” to?
  • Is there a goal that you really want to accomplish? Share your goal with your family and ask them to support you in keeping a growth mindset about it!

SLO of the Month: Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

October is here, and it is time to introduce the new monthly Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLO). This month we are focusing on: GROWTH MINDSET. As educators, we encourage our learners to have a positive mindset when tackling new tasks or challenges. Simply put, if they believe it, they can achieve it. Encouraging a growth mindset helps our learners recognize that there is value in the journey regardless of the outcome. In addition to fostering a love of learning, having a growth mindset can sometimes mean the difference between persevering and giving up.

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Student Support Symposium


Please join us for our 4th annual Student Support Symposium! This year’s Student Support Symposium will challenge and inspire every parent and educator who is committed to helping vulnerable populations, learners impacted by challenging disabilities, trauma, and/or other emotional challenges, to succeed. New for 2019, you have TWO LOCATIONS to choose from:

  • Tuesday, October 8 at SCVi in Santa Clarita Valley
  • Thursday, October 10 at the iLEAD OC Studio in Costa Mesa

Register here if you would like to attend.

By attending, you will learn how to embrace change and unleash your inner superpowers by exploring a variety of topics such as universal design, diversity and inclusion teaching practices, understanding anxiety, and many more critical issues.

Save the Date: Picture Day

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We are excited to offer some picture days for our families! Here are the dates, times and locations. More details for picture sign-ups coming soon:


Date: Wednesday, October 16th

Location: iLEAD Lancaster, 254 E. Ave. K-4 Lancaster, CA 93535




Date: Thursday, October 24th

Location: SCVI, 28060 Hasley Canyon Road Castaic, CA 91384

Time: TBD



Date: Friday, October 25th

Location: 2850 Fairview Road Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (reservation) and 12-3 p.m. (walk-ups)



Date: Friday, October 25th

Location: 9100 S Hooper St. Los Angeles, CA 90002-1725

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (reservation) and 12-3 p.m. (walk-ups)



Date: Tuesday, October 29th

Location: 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Details will be made available at a later time

MAP Results Webinar

Parent Roundtable


Fall Field Trip Release

Field Trip Feature

The next field trip release is here! Starting this Tuesday, October 1, log into your Hub account at 10 a.m. and choose your next adventure!

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Thinking Maps Webinar

Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps are visual tools that parents and learners can use to organize ideas and enhance learning. They are consistent visual patterns that are linked directly to eight different thought processes in the brain. By visualizing our thinking, we create concrete images of abstract thoughts. In fact, research suggests these patterns are helpful for learners to reach higher levels of critical and creative thinking. This is especially beneficial in teaching them how to organize their writing. These maps will help them lay out their ideas from start to finish. Join our next webinar on Wednesday, October 2 at noon to find out how thinking maps can help improve your child’s writing.

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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!


iLEAD Exploration ASB


We are excited to announce that iLEAD will be forming an Associated Student Body (ASB) team this year! ASB is a leadership team comprised of learners who will represent the entire student body of high schoolers. The main objective of ASB is to help learners feel more connected to school and each other through involvement in ASB-organized activities.

We are looking for applicants who desire to connect with other high school learners and to help facilitate connection among their fellow learners. Team players and those who possess strong leadership skills are encouraged to apply!

Learners who are selected for ASB will be expected to attend monthly virtual meetings as well as help plan/attend a few social events throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the team, please fill out this ASB Application by Friday, October 4.

Science Labs

science labs

iLEAD Online will offer in-person science labs for customized credit in biology, chemistry, anatomy, earth science, physical science, and physics. For $75 per semester, a learner can attend an extended lab once per month to gain valuable lab practice to enhance curriculum being used at home. Labs are being offered in Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Costa Mesa. Please view the iLEAD Lab Schedule for dates and details!

Introducing Naviance


Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness tool available to all iLEAD learners. Soon you will receive a code for your learner to log in and create their account. Remember when it comes to college and career, the learner takes the lead. Please let your child use THEIR email address when signing on. Once a learner has created an account, a parent account can be added.

Take a look at this video to learn more about Naviance. Naviance also has a great phone app. Keep an eye on your email for your learner’s code to download the app.

College Fairs and Panels

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If you are interested in pursuing a career in music, theater, art, dance, or other related fields, then this important college fair is for you! The NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair is coming to Los Angeles on September 22. Learn more about how you can attend for FREE.

Register NOW for a college fair coming up in your area. Learners may speak directly with admission representatives from out of state and international colleges and universities. These college choices are perfect for both A-G and customized learners. Best of all, the fairs are free!

SAVE THE DATE – October 18 at 10:00 a.m.
CA Homeschool College Seekers on Facebook is inviting iLEAD learners and their parents to attend a live online panel of college representatives who will present creative learning options available at their schools. If you have a self-directed or non-traditional learner, this is the panel for you. The featured colleges will include Evergreen State College, Prescott College, Bennington College, College of the Atlantic, and Quest University. From test-optional admissions to non-letter grade evaluations, each school offers unique learning opportunities beyond high school. For more information, join College Seekers on FB.

Learner Spotlight: The Brown Family


Meet the adventure-seeking Brown family! This family’s ultimate goal is to fully experience the world and to take their place as citizens of the world. This family of learners seeks to understand not only that they can affect their immediate community by their actions, but also how they can also have a lasting impact on the world.

Raegan (8th grade), Garrett, (7th grade), Grant, (5th grade), and Gage (3rd grade) all love coding, robotics, and animation, and they have even been able to share their love for these activities when they travel. These learners freely share their passions with others. The Brown family has founded an extracurricular camp called Wonder Studios for kids in a local community they visit in Nigeria. Here, they are able to teach local children how to play Minecraft, and they animate and make games using a coding platform developed by MIT called “Scratch.”

The Brown learners also like to explore their ancestral roots, and right now they are focusing on Africa, the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. With 54 countries, 1,250–3,000 native languages, and many natural resources, there is so much to explore. They’ve been privileged to experience so many different tribal cultures, exotic foods and fruits, and cultures rich with incredible histories and stories.

This family is always looking ahead to how they can use their education and skills for their future. The eldest sibling, Raegan, a budding entrepreneur, began her own slime business for kids by creating a slime company called Rae’s Slime Bar. She trains kids in the art of entrepreneurship, and she uses part of the proceeds to give kids access to leadership camps.

Raegan, Garrett, Gran, and Gage also like to stay physically active, write stories, learn the French language, and participate in theatrical arts.

Bravo to the Brown Family learners!


TED Talk on Purpose

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Throughout this year, we will be presenting TED talks each month that focus on iLEAD’s Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLOs). Please join us on social media for our first TED talk of the year, this Tuesday, September 10 at 12pm and 7pm. We will be focusing on the Schoolwide Learner Outcome: PURPOSE.

Our hope is that you will watch the TED talk and join fellow families on social media as we thoughtfully discuss the video on iLEAD’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

As you watch the video, some great questions for family discussion could be centered around:

  • What goals do you work towards and focus on?
  • What has challenged you this week?
  • How can you meet that challenge?
  • What would you want to create that would make the world more awesome?

College Admissions Webinar


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Student Support Spotlight: Christine Megnin

Christine M.

I am a recent graduate from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in liberal studies. This is my first year with iLEAD Exploration as a member of the student support care team working with middle and high school learners, both virtually and in person. This past year, I acquired a love for health and fitness, so you can probably catch me working out here and there. I am currently obsessed with The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. It’s a little weird at first, but very addicting and now I can’t stop saying the word “scrumptious.” I love being able to travel, meet new people and experience brand new things.
If I’m not working or practicing my baking skills, you will most likely catch me at Disneyland with an ice cream in hand! 🙂



Newsela is a free resource that allows you to choose articles at different Lexile levels so that reading can be easily differentiated between learners with varying reading levels. Articles include the arts, sciences, technology, mythology, history, and more! Newsela also provides comprehension checks and short writing prompts for each article.

For more information, click here.

BOOM! Learning

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BOOM! Learning is an online resource for teachers, parents, and other paraprofessionals to use interactive educational tools with their learners. The program offers customized activities created by teachers and other paraprofessionals for all types of learners to use during virtual or in-person services.

Click here to check it out!

iLEAD Schoolwide Learner Outcomes


Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, our team will be working with you as we develop a deeper understanding of the iLEAD Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs). These core competencies — purpose, growth mindset, gratitude, zest, grit, self-control, optimism, curiosity, social intelligence, college and career readiness — were carefully selected to develop the whole child with a focus on academic and social-emotional learning. Each month, we will focus on a new outcome, highlighting and exemplifying each competency to develop these 21st century learning (and living!) skills.

We will be launching this initiative with a webinar exclusively for our iLEAD Exploration families, led by Linda Krystek, founding member of the iLEAD Maker Team and experienced practitioner and expert in the area of social-emotional and academic learning.

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