Thinking on a Deeper Level

As we inspire our learners to be lifelong thinkers, we focus on collaboration, developing executive function, social and emotional growth, and problem-solving techniques. All of these are 21st-century skills that serve to help learners tackle real-world issues.

Listening to different points of view and working with a variety of people, with each contributing to the whole, is a standard of 21st-century learning. Great discoveries are accomplished by creating approaches to tackle real-world problems, brainstorming, and trying a variety of potential solutions until one works.

Social and emotional growth occurs by understanding there are people with many different talents, strengths, and opinions; assuming good intentions when embarking on a task; and listening with intentionality to other points of view. These experiences give our learners practice with that they will encounter in college and the workforce. 

Project-based learning incorporates all the essential components to build critical thinkers and lifelong learners. As our learners dive deep into driving questions, it is essential that they come to school each day to participate in valuable conversations and small-group collaboration. If you ever have any questions regarding the learning taking place in the classroom or would like to learn more about the curriculum, please reach out to your child’s facilitator. 

Driving Questions:

  • TK/K: How can we use performance to share culture?
  • 1st grade: How do the three states of matter affect my life?
  • 2nd grade: How can we as zoologists create and maintain sustainable habitats?
  • 3rd grade: How can we take care of our environment and inspire others to help?
  • 4th grade: How can I balance my analytical and organizational skills to better my writing?
  • 5th grade: How can we use data to reduce our families’ impact on the environment?
  • 6th grade: How can learning about the birth of democracy give me the tools to become a contributing citizen in society today?
  • 7th grade (created by the learners): How can we make learning fun and still use our scientific knowledge to create a healthy and helpful garden? 


Families, Will You Help Us Fill Our Loose Parts Project Boxes?

Dear Families, One of the requirements for our first project is for all of our learners to design and create their own toy. Our hope is to provide “project boxes” filled with loose parts for all our learners to use for their toy creation. Loose parts inspire imaginations and spark creativity on children’s own termsRead More

iLEAD Agua Dulce

A Message from the Director

Dear iLEAD Agua Dulce families, We hope you will join us on September 24 for our first monthly Parent University! This month we are diving deeper into our two PBLs: project-based learning and play-based learning. We will be giving out some great information that will help you understand our program better.  Project-based learning brings forthRead More

iLEAD Agua Dulce Charter School

What Is an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)?

iLEAD Agua Dulce embraces the whole child, focusing on both social-emotional and academic skills. After our beginning-of-the-year assessments and in lieu of the traditional parent-teacher conference, the learners, facilitators, and parents/guardians collaborate annually to create an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). ILPs help to guide instruction and social-emotional aspects for each learner. Everyone works together toRead More