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Exploring iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Habit 3 of the 7 Habits

This week, we look at Habit #3: Put First Things First. This habit, which all of us at iLEAD Agua Dulce are working to put into practice, is all about identifying and organizing one’s priorities. In essence, someone who puts first things first is saying, “I spend time on things that are most important. IRead More

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Exploring iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Habit 2 of the 7 Habits

When was the last time you went on a trip to a new place without first looking up directions? Unless you have a superhuman sense of direction, you searched for how to get where you were going, whether on your phone or an old-school paper map. That’s what this week’s habit is all about. LastRead More

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Exploring iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Habit 1 of the 7 Habits

Last week, we introduced a vital element of iLEAD Agua Dulce’s approach to education — The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Learning and practicing the 7 Habits has been instrumental to our learners’ success living out the iLEAD Agua Dulce motto of “free to think, inspired to lead” — not to mention how itRead More

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Exploring iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: The 7 Habits

At iLEAD Agua Dulce, 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 iLEAD Agua Dulce family for a whileRead More

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iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Components of Social-Emotional Learning — Grit

What does it take to really succeed? Some might call it drive or determination. At iLEAD Agua Dulce, we like to call it grit, and it is a crucial component of social-emotional learning. We define grit as “having courage and resolve, and strength of character.” Someone with grit works hard and passionately, sets goals, andRead More

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iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Components of Social-Emotional Learning — Zest

“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life.” —Gordon Parks Central to the iLEAD Agua Dulce approach to project-based learning is a belief that education works best when it’s energetic. Rather than being stale and rote, it’s filled with excitement. That excitement, which we call zest, is a core element of social-emotional learning. Individuals who approach lifeRead More

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iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Components of Social-Emotional Learning — Curiosity

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” — Golda Meir Within the iLEAD Agua Dulce education model, we believe kids are more empowered to learn and retain knowledge when learning means asking questions. That’s why we reinforce curiosity as a component of social-emotional learning (SEL).Read More

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iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Components of Social-Emotional Learning — Self-Control

By definition, social-emotional learning (SEL) helps kids tap into their emotions and how they affect what they do. So it should follow that an essential component of SEL is an understanding of self-control, or self-management. As defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) — which has informed iLEAD Agua Dulce’s approachRead More

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iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Components of Social-Emotional Learning — Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Did you know that consciously practicing gratitude can help improve your physical and psychological health? DidRead More

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iLEAD Agua Dulce Culture: Components of Social-Emotional Learning — Growth Mindset

At iLEAD Agua Dulce, we believe when kids learn how to face challenges, they grow into leaders. As part of our emphasis on social-emotional learning (SEL), we believe it’s important to develop what we call a growth mindset. Let’s do a quick test. Do you tend to agree or disagree with the following statements? MyRead More

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