iLEAP: Homeschool Edition
Take Charge of Your World
Coming Spring, 2017
“…a fabulous opportunity for my child. I never expected so much from a two week program.“
iLEAP is a two-week intensive program for high school age students in which participants learn to own their learning while having impact on the world. The program is an offshoot of the successful iLead+Design program, offered through the Lyceum of Monterey, now going into its fifth year.
Master educator Aaron Eden brings his experience creating award-winning programs around the world to the homeschool community. Students will work in small teams with coaches who will serve as individual advisors to each student towards meeting student goals, while at the same time helping and working with the team to have impact on the real world.
LEAP Academy Student Video
iLEAP is modeled on the LEAP Academy program started by Aaron Eden at the Green School in Bali.
All efforts are focused on learning to learn and having impact on the real world. There is no wasted effort.
Students learn to become entrepreneurs in pursuit of their own learning. They are not given an education. They build one.
We learn by doing. We co-create our goals, our group processes, our ways of working.
Our efforts have impact on the world now. We’re not just preparing for engagement later.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the participants be doing?
Participants will work about half time in small-group collaborative projects, and half time in solo endeavors. Projects are chosen by each team after they are led through a process of identifying and evaluating possibilities.
The shape of the day is determined by each team, depending on what their goals are. Some days may involve more group or solo work than others, depending on project and individual needs. The program progresses in an emergent fashion by design, with goal setting and solution architecting being a big part of what participants are practicing.
Where will this take place?
The program will be based likely in a mixture of the Lyceum offices near lake El Estero in Monterey, and at the Digital Learning Commons at Middlebury Institute of International Studies in downtown Monterey. Final options still being arranged, and might depend partly on participant choice.
Who will be the coaches?
The primary coach and program supervisor will be Aaron Eden, the program creator. Aaron is an internationally recognized educator and education consultant who has extensive experience creating and facilitating emergent, student-driven learning experiences that are rigorous and transformative.
A supporting mentor will be MIIS Masters candidate Schuyler Horn from the International Education Management program. Schuyler is an accomplished athletic coach and academic who combines a passion for learning with an ability to do anything he sets his mind to. In other words, an ideal mentor with which to explore learning and impact.
Will this be safe?
Supervision levels will be discussed with parents and participants to find an agreeable level. Part of the purpose of this program is to allow young people to explore the world in a way that allows them to build decision-making and resilience skills. Ultimately, decisions are up the participants and to parents as far as activities we engage with. But program director and coach Aaron Eden has years of experience teaching at all levels, is a parent of three children under 13, and has a long track record of good judgement.
What about existing homeschool curriculum needs
What will the participants get out of this?
How will transportation work?
No transportation is provided. Student travel each day to and from the meeting places will need to be arranged by each family.
There may be need to travel during the day depending on the projects students decide to engage with. Transportation for mid-day excursions will be worked out on a case-by-case basis, with possible student, coach, or parent drivers if bicycle or bus are not an option for the destination.
What about food?
Participants can either bring food each day, or bring money to purchase food at nearby restaurants or shops.
A refillable water bottle is recommended, as are snacks.
What is the cost?
The cost is $425 for the two week program. Scholarships may be available, so please inquire if there is need.
What is the schedule?
The program will tentatively run January 9-13 and January 17-20 each weekday from except for Jan 16, which is Martin Luther King day.
Meeting times will be from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
What do others say about this program?
“iLead+Design was a fabulous opportunity for my child. I never expected so much from a two week program. As a parent, I can’t think of any program I’ve come across that I would recommend any higher!! I’m so glad you all took the time to create this program and I hope it continues to grow.”
Parent of an iLead+Design participant
“I don’t know how Aaron did it, but I do know that he knows how kids tick and how to challenge them to move to extraordinary places in their thinking and doing. I highly recommend Aaron for anyone who wants to build their kid’s love of learning and challenge them to think big!”
Parent of LEAP Academy student