Happy New Year! We hope your 2020 is off to a good start. As we head into the second half of the school year, we’re happy to introduce a new series of articles in the Monday Message, aimed at unpacking some of the essentials of the Empower Generations educational model.
Our educational model is driven by much more than simply making sure children are good students. Rather, it’s focused on equipping them to be lifelong learners who are fully developed and prepared to lead in the 21st century.
Whether you’ve been part of the Empower Generations family for a while or are fairly new, you’ve most likely heard a lot of talk about “The 7 Habits” and how important they are to what we do. Stephen Covey’s best-selling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been deeply influential in the shaping of the Empower Generations approach to project-based learning, as well as our staff development. We are constantly inspired by how we see our learners put the 7 Habits into action.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll expand on each of the habits, how they relate to learning at Empower Generations, and even practical ways you can incorporate them into your daily life.
To get things started, though, we wanted to take today to introduce the 7 Habits.
Coming up next week, we’ll dive into the first habit, Be Proactive, discussing what it looks like in practical terms and how you can make it part of your life.
We’re honored to be featured in Getting Smart!
“iLEAD offers different programs and avenues for all students K-12. One of these unique programs is Empower Generations that began as a place for teen parents…to customize a learning experience that was relevant, meaningful and authentic to them…. iLEAD creates an environment and culture that not only allows these students to flourish but become empowered learners who take control of their own learning and lives. The program not only includes the requisite child care opportunities but incorporates immediate opportunities for these students to advance the health and wellness of themselves and their families with family seminars, internships, mentorships, college courses, career development, and a powerful, personalized learning community. Empower Generations has been so successful that it is now attracting and enrolling many students that are not teen parents, but looking for a highly personalized and supportive environment focused on personal empowerment.”
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1/14: Classes Resume
1/18: MLK Day of Service
1/20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no school
1/23: Picture Retakes
1/23: 1st Annual Winter Gala
The Art Club is holding a Winter Gala in January 2020. The Winter Gala will be a formal dinner in which community members will learn about our school and purchase art created by learners. Learners will receive 100% of the profit generated by their art.
In order to have their art selected for the gala, learners must create a portfolio which includes all the steps listed below. Each step will be a tab in the portfolio with appropriate documentation.
Explain! Create a rough draft of the title and explanation of your piece. The final title and explanation will be displayed next to your piece at the gala. This is your opportunity to express yourself to the audience and display your knowledge. For complete expectations of the explanation, click here.
Empower Generations is active in the Ralphs Community Rewards program. Please link your rewards card to Empower Generations. The more you shop with Ralphs with your rewards card, the more money Empower Generations will earn!
New enrollments are accepted at any time during the year.
Our info: PB858 – EMPOWER GENERATIONS
Thank you for being such an important part of our community!
Driving Question: How can we use our senses to explore, learn, and grow while we play?
We will continue exploring the different types of play with our babies in addition to a new writing project in our Advisory.
Donated items keeps our curriculum fresh and innovative.
Current needs include:
Advisory is the hub of who we are and provides an opportunity to support personal growth and build relationships. This year, we will build upon FOUR PILLARS: Learn to Learn, Learn to Love, Learn to Collaborate, and Learn to Live. Each month we will focus on one pillar with a variety of activities. Last week, Advisories spent time together learning about self, learning about one another and learning about their communities through games, team building activities and creating a “common space piece” that is now displayed in our Village.
Here are our seven advisory groups!
Every learner has their advisor and advisory that meets Monday through Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. You learner’s advisor will be their academic accountability partner for all classes, be their advocate if they need anything, and help them reach their goals for the year. We hope to see them there as much as possible.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often made light of, but it is a serious mental health issue that traps millions of kids, teens, and adults. Join us as we learn what OCD is and isn’t, as well as how it is treated, from the experts: six kids with OCD. Free screening of the short documentary film UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie on Thursday, January 23, at 6:00 p.m. at iLEAD’s founding school, SCVi Charter School, in the Shakespeare Theatre, 28060 Hasley Canyon Road, #200 Castaic, California. Event is open to the public and all ages. Panel discussion with licensed psychologist Dr. Michelle Witkin afterward.
Spread the word! The filmmaker Realistic Pictures made a Facebook event for the screening.
Learn more about the screening on their website, which also includes helpful resources about OCD.