ELN portfolio review & evaluations
A secular service for self-directed and unschooling families.
A welcoming and friendly conversational style evaluation process with your child to discuss their overall unschooling or self-directed learning experience over the past year, review of the portfolio (a few selections from core subjects: Maths, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies along with any additional materials they would like to provide), testing assessments (grades 3, 5, and 8), if applicable, book list and attendance record. At the conclusion of the evaluation, parents will receive a signed copy of the evaluation form to submit to Philadelphia School District (PSD) and Eclectic Learning Network (ELN).
WHAT TO EXPECT
Portfolio reviews and evaluations run up to 60 minutes per young person from April - June 2020. Each young person will meet separately with the Evaluator to review their portfolio while the parent(s) meet with the owner of ELN to review their own experience and address areas where additional resources would be appreciated. At the conclusion of the portfolio review, both young people and parents will re-connect to review and openly discuss the experience as well as offer additional insights, if needed. At the completion of the evaluation, you will receive a signed evaluation form to be submitted via email to the school district and ELN. All evaluations will be held at a Philadelphia Free Library Branch. Dates and branch locations to be determined.
WHY DO PARENTS MEET SEPARATELY FROM THEIR CHILDREN?
Through Unschooling and other Self-Directed educational approaches, engaging young people where they are underpins this journey. What can often be overlooked are the parents. The learning process is as vital for parents as it is for our children. Many times, we (parents) do not include ourselves in the process of the learning journey. Not allowing ourselves the opportunity to experience learning outside of our conditioned ideas of what learning is or acknowledging the deeper challenges and insights we experience when guiding our children through this process. Just reading this may present feelings of heaviness- wondering what should actually be included in the portfolio, if you've done enough, and much more. This process is an opportunity to meet and include parents where they are while supporting young people as they explore their natural curiosities, interests, and passions.
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What makes ELN’s evaluation service unique is the space for young people to have full-circle agency over their learning journey as well as offering parents dedicated time to discuss and reflect on their own challenges and celebrations as an unschooling/sde parent while receiving additional resources and support, if needed.
Each evaluation provides a certified educator, qualified evaluator and learning consultant for each family with over 30 years collective experience in this work at the rate of $100 per young person with a one-time fee of $25 for the Portfolio Prep Workshop.
Note: All payments are non-refundable and must be paid at the time of scheduling to guarantee your evaluation date and time block. Invoices will be sent via PayPal to be paid upon receipt.