We’ve provided this glossary as an easy-to-use reference tool for understanding some commonly used words, phrases, and acronyms that have become part of the SCVi and iLEAD vocabulary.

  • 21st Century Skills

    Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Innovation, Global Awareness, Media Fluency, Analytical Skills, Entrepreneurialism, Curiosity, Effective Speaking, Information Literacy, Leadership, Self-direction, Adaptability

  • 504 Plan

    A plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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  • a-g course requirements

    University of California approved course entrance requirements.

    “a” History/Social Science: Two years, including one year of world history, cultures and historical geography and one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of American government or civics.

    “b” English: Four years of college preparatory English that integrates reading of classic and modern literature, frequent and regular writing, and practice listening and speaking.

    “c” Mathematics: Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include or integrate the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.

    “d” Laboratory Science: Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

    “e” Language Other Than English: Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second-level of high school instruction.

    “f” Visual & Performing Arts: One year chosen from dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.

    “g” College Preparatory Elective: One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.

  • ACT Test

    a nationally administered, standardized test offered various times during the year that helps colleges evaluate candidates.

  • Advisory/Advisor

    Research shows that when learners feel connected to their school, they do better academically. One of the ways we achieve this with Middle and Upper School learners is through our advisory program. In small group settings, we explore the causes and effects of cultural, personal, and community events. Our primary learners participate in daily morning and/or ‘family’ (classroom) meetings that provide an opportunity to witness and display social problem solving skills and interactions. These meetings provide learners with the forum to develop social and emotional skills needed to thrive in a collaborative environment.

  • Articulation
  • Authentic Assessment

    Authentic assessment refers to assessment that resembles real world tasks. For example, learners doing work real scientists would perform.

  • Beautiful Work

    Resource: Ron Berger, An Ethic of Excellence Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students

    Embracing the process of creating multiple drafts and seeing failure as an opportunity to improve in order to create a piece of beautiful work.

  • BIE (Buck Institute)

    A research facility that creates, gathers, and shares high quality project based learning instructional practices and products and provides services to teachers, schools, and districts. Offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate learners.


  • CAS (Creativity Action Service)

    IB Diploma Programme course required for IB Diploma.

  • CCSA (California Charter School Association)

    The CCSA advances the charter school movement through state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and resources for member schools.


  • Character Lab®

    click here for more information

  • Charter Petition

    Document approved by authorizing district

  • Charter School

    Charter schools are FREE Public Schools overseen by the local school district or county but are free to govern themselves and create their own educational program. Charter schools are public schools operated independently of the local school board, often with a curriculum and educational philosophy different from the other schools in the system. They are tuition-free, non-religious, and are mandated to teach all. Charter schools create new professional opportunities for teachers, provide parents and pupils expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities available through the public school system, and encourage the use of different and state-of-the-art teaching methods.

  • Common Core State Standards

    The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure learners are prepared for today’s entry-level college courses, and workforce training programs. They focus on developing critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills learners will need to be successful.


  • Daily 5

    Word Work:


    Read to Self: Foundation for creating independent readers and writers

    Buddy Reading:

    Listen to Reading:

  • Deeper Learning

    Allows a learner to take something learned and apply it to another area. Use knowledge to be useful in new situations.
    There are 3 domains of competence:

    • Cognitive (reasoning and problem solving)
    • Interpersonal (expressing ideas and collaboration)
    • Intrapersonal (self management and self directedness)
  • Design Thinking

    A connection and process between creativity and innovation that requires meaningful solutions in the classroom. Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could be and to create a desired outcome.

  • Differentiation

    A facilitator’s response to a learner’s needs. Facilitators can differentiate through content, process, product, affect, and learning environment according to the learner’s interest, readiness, and learner profile.

  • Diploma Programme (DP)

    International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Grades 11 & 12

  • Driving Question

    It is both the foundation and the blueprint that guides a learner through a project. The driving question captures and communicates the project, focuses on inquiry, and creates an interest while challenging the learner. Driving questions should are open ended, provocative, and relate to real world dilemmas.

  • ECHO

    Learn more here

  • EF (Education Facilitator)

    Education Facilitator is a credentialed facilitator for our iLEAD Exploration program.

  • ELA

    English/Language Arts

  • Facilitator

    What we call our teachers

  • Flipped Classroom

    Form of blended learning where instruction is delivered via online video lectures outside of class and then learners return to school to complete the homework.

  • Formative Assessment

    The goal of a formative assessment is to monitor learners’ progress to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by facilitators to continuously reevaluate the individual needs of learners. Help learners identify their strengths and weaknesses. Examples include learner check-ins, peer edits …..

  • Governing Board (Hart School District)

    Charter Authorizer

  • Governing Board (SCVi)

    Legal entity that governs SCVi Charter School

  • Grit

    Angela Duckworth has done extensive research.  She says, Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.  One way to think about grit is to consider what grit isn’t.  Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.  Instead, grit is about having what some researchers call an”ultimate concern”–a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.  Talent and luck matter to success. But talent and luck are no guarantee of grit. How Much Grit Do You Have  Quiz?

  • Growth Mindset
  • Home Study
  • IB (International Baccalaureate)

    International Baccalaureate

  • IEP

    see Individual Education Plan

  • iLEAD

    International, Leadership, Entrepreneurial Development, Arts, Design Thinking

  • ILP

    see Individualized Learning Plan

  • Individualized Educational Plan

    The federal law, Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), requires that school create an IEP for every learner receiving special education services. The IEP, a binding document, is meant to address each learner’s unique learning issues and include specific educational goals. Before an IEP is written for a learner with a disability, a doctor, facilitator, family, and student support must determine whether the learner qualifies for special education services.

  • Individualized Learning Plan

    Each year, learners along with their facilitator(s) create an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) to guide instruction. Each learner, along with his/her family and facilitator, work together to monitor the ILP and make adjustments, as needed. The primary goal of the ILP is to ensure that each child will be treated as an individual and therefore will be working toward attainable goals appropriate to his/her individual development.

  • Inquiry Learning
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

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  • IS

    See Independent Study

  • ISD

    see iLEAD Schools Design

  • Leadership Notebook
  • Leadership Resident

    A School Leader who works in partnership with the School Director(s) to support the vision and mission of iLEAD Schools, including all aspects of school leadership.

  • Learner

    What we call students at iLEAD.

  • Learner Led Conference

    This conference, usually in the Spring, is an opportunity for learners to present their academic and social /emotional progress from the beginning of the school year. This is NOT a Parent/Teacher conference.

  • Lighthouse School
  • LLC

    Learner Led Conference

  • Love & Logic

    See Discipline Philosophy

  • Lower School

    Grades k-8

  • MAP
  • MAP Assessment

    Measures of Academic Progress

  • NWEA
  • Parent University

    Families are integral partners in a successful learning process. Because we embrace being a unique learning model, Project-Based Learning (PBL), we want our families to understand the Why, What, and How of SCVi’s learning model. We strive for you, our families, to become active participants alongside your children and your school community. Parent University are a series of FREE workshops offered to our families so that they may grow and learn alongside their learners.

  • PBL

    see Project Based Learning

  • Pedagogy

    The method and practice of best practices in teaching.

  • POL

    see Presentation of Learning

  • Presentation of Learning

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  • Project Based Learning

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  • Reflection
  • Reports of Progress

    Record of academic progress and social emotional growth sent home to families twice a year.

  • ROP

    see Reports of Progress

  • Rubric

    At iLEAD we measure the PBL process through iLEAD developed rubric for Academic Rigor and Social Emotional Learning. The Academic Rigor rubrics include the iLEAD aspects: intentional, leadership, entrepreneurial, arts and design. The SEL rubrics were developed based on SEL apporaches and aspects we strongly value , the 7 Habits for Successful Learners and Character Lab aspects.

  • SAT

    a nationally administered, standardized test offered various times during the year that helps colleges evaluate candidates.

  • SBAC

    Smarter Balanced is a public agency currently supported by 15 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Through the work of thousands of educators, an online assessment system was created to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as tools for educators to improve teaching and learning.

  • School Director

    Leader of the school, very much like a principal at a traditional school.

  • SEL

    Social-Emotional Learning

  • Service Learning
  • Showcase of Learning
  • Showcase of Learning Presentation

    Usually at the end of the school year. A reflective presentation by the learners about their school year, their challenges, successes, obstacles and growth. Learner showcases are a key experience that allows learners to be acknowledged by their community, allows the community to witness the achievements of the learners, and ensures that we are building a community of accountability.

  • SLC

    see Showcase of Learning

  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Socratic Seminar

    a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, learners listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others.

  • SSEP

    Student Spaceflight Experiment Program

  • SST (Student Success Team)

    A process in which a facilitator is assisted in determining ways in which a learner can be supported for academic
    and social emotional success.


    Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

  • Student Spaceflight Experiment Program
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • TOK

    see Theory of Knowledge

  • Upper School

    Grades 9-12

  • Voice & Choice
  • WASC

    (Western Association of Schools & Colleges)

    WASC is one of six regional accreditation associations in the United States. It recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research based WASC criteria.