Movie trailer created by iLEAD Academy students for an Engineering Design Project.
Students can choose from a selection of courses at the Carroll County Area Technical Center to develop skills and expertise for their career pathway of study.
The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will grow 17 percent by 2018—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will be in the future.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs, and is the backbone of iLEAD LEARNING. The world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy.
The project-based aspects of the Project Lead The Way curriculum give students a chance to apply what they know, identify a problem, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning, rather than be passive recipients of information in a question-and-answer, right-or-wrong learning environment. When students understand how their education is relevant to their lives and future careers, they get excited, and that is why PLTW students are successful.
Our goal is to get each student College Ready by the end of Year 2 at iLEAD. In Kentucky, College Ready means a student achieves at or above specific score on the ACT and on End-of-Course exams in Algebra II, English II, World History, and Biology.
When an iLEAD student is College Ready he or she enrolls as a full-time student at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) in Carrollton, KY.
iLEAD students can graduate with a high school diploma, Associate's Degree from JCTC, and/or a set of Dual College Credits aligned to Bachelor's Degree completion required for their chosen career.
As we designed iLEAD LEARNING, we went to students to learn what they want from high school education. The two most frequent answers:
"We don't want to sit at desks and listen to lectures."
"Make our learning relevant to life in the real world."
Each iLEAD student designs his or her own schedule from day-one - selecting courses relevant to preparation for career interests, personal passions, and aspirations. Teachers and mentors help students understand which courses are relevant to their career pathway and students are encouraged to take on courses of interest simply for the love of learning.
CUSTOMIZED FOR THE DIGITAL WORLD
Our online curriculum opens up a world of opportunity for students with a vast selection of courses.
The system enables students and teachers to establish a baseline of their academic knowledge, where their skills are strong, and where they are challenged. Teachers get real-time information about how students are progressing to provide support and more direct instruction when needed.
The system enables students to progress at their own pace and advance when they master concepts and standards - not by grade or school year.
Each student has an iLEAD laptop for use 24/7.