Live online courses for Latter-day Saint middle and high school students

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Welcome!

Learning Communities are small groups of youth, ages 12-18, who attend live, online webinars together, for their middle or high school education.  The main curriculum source is Latter-day Learning.

Learning Communities is an independent, non-accredited service of Family Forum LLC.

Learning Communities are established to teach Latter-day Saint youth, but welcome all interested students.

Youth ages 12-18 are invited to…

  • Enjoy rich middle and high school courses via live webinars.
  • Connect with other students through live webinar-based chat, audio and video.
  • Get inspired with instruction from our terrific mentors.
  • Make consistent progress through rich and meaningful lessons.
  • Submit assignments, take quizzes, receive feedback and grades
  • Attend monthly in-person activities (available in some areas).

Watch this Learning Communities Introduction Video:

 

Talk GraphicWould you like to speak to the Learning Communities administrator?

Please contact Diann Jeppson anytime, to discuss potential participation in a Learning Community at diann@familyeducationcoach.com; 801-450-5016.

 

Weekly Class Schedules and Calendar of Days

Middle school webinars are held on Tuesdays and Thursday from August 22, 2017 to May 24, 2018. Webinars are recorded for students who occasionally need to miss a webinar due to schedule conflict.

High School webinars are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 22, 2017 to May 24, 2018. Webinars are recorded for students who occasionally need to miss a webinar due to schedule conflict.

Class Times: 

8:00–11:00 Pacific Time

9:00–12:00 Mountain Time

10:00–1:00 Central Time

11:00–2:00 Eastern Time

Learning Community class schedules rotate each year in the same manner as the LDS Seminary program, and are therefore non-sequential.  This allows students to join a Learning Community in any year and progress through their middle and high school years.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

For the 2017-2018 school year, a middle school student is defined as a student who is at least 12 years old, but who has not yet turned 14 years old, prior to August 31, 2017.

Middle School Course Schedules:

2017-2018 Courses: SCHEDULE A

2018-2019 Courses: SCHEDULE B

2017-2018 Middle School Course List

Click the links to read the full course descriptions

The following courses will draw from lessons in the K-8 curriculum, taught at a middle school level:

Ancient World History

Zoology and Cytology

World Geography – This course will draw from portions of several lessons in the K-8 curriculum. The course arrangement will include mathematical geography, physical geography and political geography lessons for each unit. Students will enjoy units focusing on:

  1. Asia
  2. Europe
  3. Antarctica, Australia, the Pacific Islands
  4. South America

These courses will draw from lessons in the 9-12 curriculum, taught at a middle school level:

English: Character and Literature

Music Appreciation: The Symphony of Sound

Art Appreciation: Middle Ages

HIGH SCHOOL

For the 2017-2018 school year, a high school student is defined as a student who is at least 14 years old, prior to August 31, 2017.

High School Course Schedules:

2017-2018 Courses: SCHEDULE A

2018-2019 Courses: SCHEDULE B

2019-2020 Courses: SCHEDULE C

2020-2021 Courses: SCHEDULE D

2017-2018 High School Course List

Click the links to read the full course descriptions

English: Great Literature

American Government and Economics

Principles of Leadership

Biology

Written Portfolio III (no pre-requisite)

Studies in the American Covenant

Will math be offered?

Math is not part of the Learning Communities courses. Math is a leveled-learning subject, and students’ math levels vary widely. Students also prefer different math curricula. The Learning Communities service is not of sufficient size to provide live math instruction to students who are on the same level and prefer the same curriculum. AHS Online offers accredited math courses. We recommend the following textbooks for independent study. (These older editions are not Common Core compliant)

Saxon Pre-Algebra

Algebra 1/2, 3rd Edition © 2004 Student Edition ISBN: 9781565771499
Algebra 1/2, 3rd Edition © 2004 Solutions Manual ISBN: 9781565771314

 Saxon Algebra 1

Algebra 1, 3rd Edition © 1997 Student Edition ISBN: 9781565771345
Algebra 1, 3rd Edition © 1997 Solutions Manual ISBN: 9781565771376

Saxon Algebra 2

Algebra 2, 3rd Edition © 1997 Student Edition ISBN: 9781565771406
Algebra 2, 3rd Edition © 1997 Solutions Manual ISBN: 9781565771437

Saxon Advanced Mathematics: Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry

Advanced Mathematics: An Incremental Development, 2nd Edition ISBN: 9781565770393
Advanced Mathematics: An Incremental Development, 2nd Edition © 1996 Solutions Manual ISBN: 9781565770423

Other top recommended math curriculum for homeschoolers include:

Teaching Textbooks

Math Inspirations

Khan Academy

Life of Fred

Math U See

LEARNING COMMUNITIES 2017-2018 LIVE CLASSES CALENDAR OF DAYS

Register ButtonApplication and Interview

Apply for the Middle or High School Learning Community by paying a $25 application fee, and completing the following form:

LEARNING COMMUNITIES STUDENT APPLICATION

A separate application is required for each student.

An interview with each applicant and at least one parent will be conducted by an administrator prior to acceptance. You will be contacted for an interview upon receipt of your application and fee.

Application Fee:  $25

TUITION

Middle School Tuition:

$1350 annual lump sum (due August 14, 2017) or ten payments of $145/month (August 2017-May 2018)

$200 sibling discount: $1150 annual lump sum (due August 14, 2017) or ten payments of $125/month (August 2017-May 2018)

High School Tuition:

$1550 annual lump sum (due August 14, 2017)  or $165/month (August 2017-May 2018)

$200 sibling discount: $1350 annual lump sum (due August 14, 2017) or ten payments of $145/month (August 2017-May 2018)

Note: The monthly payment tool will be available starting August 10, 2017.

Tuition Includes:

  • Live, interactive visual, audio and chat participation in all courses indicated on the 2017-2018 Course Schedule.
  • Access to class recordings (All classes will be recorded and posted to Canvas.)
  • K-12 Family subscription to The Family School Online
  • Assignment submission, feedback, and grading services, via Canvas, by each course’s live online mentor
  • Grade reports upon completion of courses
  • Monthly activities for students who live in close enough geographic proximity for driving. (Most monthly activities are without charge, but an occasional admission fee may be charged, if a monthly activity involves admission to a venue or production.)
  • Customer support

LEARNING COMMUNITIES PURPOSE AND MISSION

The purpose and mission of the Learning Communities is to serve middle and high school students, by…

  1. Offering live, online instruction, with a Latter-day Saint perspective, by caring and inspiring mentors
  2. Facilitating monthly in-person activities for students who live in close enough geographic proximity to each other
  3. Encouraging personal discipleship for Jesus Christ
  4. Inspiring a love of liberty
  5. Cultivating self-governance
  6. Helping students to appreciate and seek for that which is true, good and beautiful

HOMESCHOOL PATH TO COLLEGE

Visit our Homeschool Path to College page to learn how to help your homeschooled student prepare for college admissions. This resource page includes information about the non-accredited transcripts provided to high schoolers who complete courses as part of the Learning Communities program.

MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

Efforts will be made to place students in Learning Communities, together with other students who live within a 2-3 hour driving radius of each other, and to seek the services of a Learning Community Leader to facilitate monthly in-person activities for students who attend the same Learning Community live webinars.

Groups are now established in the following areas:

High School Learning Communities

West Jordan, Utah (Mountain Time) – serving students in the State of Utah, Southern Idaho, Southern Wyoming, and Eastern Nevada.

Lees Summit, Missouri (Central Time) – primarily serving students in the States of Missouri and Kansas, may also include students in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Eddy, Texas (Central Time) – serving students in Austin, Waco, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and communities within that general radius.

Milwaukie, Oregon (Pacific Time) – serving students in the greater Portland area, as well as Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Dunlap, Tennessee (Central Time) serving the States of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

New High School Learning Community Leaders who wish to serve other areas may apply up until August 4, 2017. 

Middle School Learning Communities

Eddy, Texas (Central Time) – serving students in Austin, Waco, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and communities within that general radius.

Dunlap, Tennessee (Central Time) serving the States of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

New Middle School Learning Community Leaders who wish to serve other areas may apply up until August 4, 2017. 

Learning Community Leaders

Learn how you can be a Learning Community Leader, and trade your services for free tuition for your child or grandchild.

LEARNING COMMUNITY LEADER INFORMATION

LEARNING COMMUNITY LEADER APPLICATION

Faculty

Our terrific webinar instructors are excited to meet your youth and look forward to teaching academic concepts along with principles of the gospel. Each Learning Community will have a variety of different instructors, drawn from this list. Learning Communities faculty assignments are TBD.

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Jeffrey Jensen

High School: American Government and Economics

Even though Mr. Jensen was only 9 the day his 4th grade teacher taught a lesson about the RMS Titanic, it changed him forever. That day, his teacher sparked a passion for historical research and teaching within Jeff. Researching the Titanic at the young age of 9 gave him opportunities to meet with Titanic survivors, authors, and historians who shared his interest. Soon, Jeff was giving public lectures on the Titanic which he continues to do to this day. Mr. Jensen’s passion for his historical research has its roots in the Titanic, but has been influenced by his spirituality and life experiences over the years to include a deep love for cultures and civilizations throughout the world. Through serving in other countries such as Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong, Mr. Jensen has been exposed to modern day cultures and geography shaped by civilizations long past in the history of the world. Having been married for 13 years and as the father of 3 boys, Mr. Jensen has a deep appreciation for the vital role that the home plays in the education of our children and the strengthening of our society. Mr. Jensen has long believed that teaching history and geography in context of religious principles and applications is important to “transforming the hearts and minds of a nation” (a slogan of the Foundation for American Christian Education). This marriage of the spiritual and secular is evidenced in Mr. Jensen’s published works that focus on historical events as viewed through a religious lens of understanding. It is for this reason that he was led to and now proudly teaches at Latter-day Learning.

Tracy-AtkinsonTracy Harrington-Atkinson

High School: Principles of Leadership, Written Portfolio III

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson was born in Indiana and raised throughout the United States as she has moved over 50 times during her life! She earned her bachelors in elementary education and masters in higher education. She is married with 6 children. She returned to her roots in Indiana in 2013 when she was offered a job at Purdue University as an advisor and retentions specialist after having life experiences that have carried her across the United States and even abroad to the Amazon region of Brazil where she served a mission, learning to speak fluent Portuguese. Her passions are found in family, and the perpetual education of herself, others, and the continued improvement of the educational experience for those who are yet to come. Tracy is currently completing her PhD in instruction and curriculum where her fascination in the total learning process has been nurtured and developed. Tracy, like many other educators, now realizes that there is not one set method to teaching all students, but that each student is unique and individual in their methodology. To this point the creation of better students is the point of why Tracy has joined the American Heritage staff in its never ending conquest to accomplish excellence in education of its students. The creation of lifelong learners is not just the topic of her PhD studies, but the goal for her students, who during their lives, will perpetually experience change. Tracy enjoys her interactions with the students and watching their development and success. She focuses on education and enjoys building on everyday experiences for teaching opportunities. Her hobbies include reading, spending time with family, learning something new, and breeding dachshunds.

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Dr. Pablo Riboldi

High School: Biology

Pablo Riboldi is one of the authors and online teachers for The Family School High School. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Instructional Science. He also earned a B.A. summa cum laude in Information Management from the same university. Pablo graduated from the “Escuela Superior de Comercio” High School Rosario Argentina as a Public Bookkeeper. After two years of college in Buenos Aires and two years serving his mission in the Argentina Cordoba Mission, he migrated to Utah with his family to pursue his education. During these years, Pablo found his passion for learning and teaching. He worked as a private tutor teaching college level Mathematics, Statistics, Accounting, and Economics. He also taught at the Provo Missionary Training Center and there developed the first version of the Technology Assisted Language Learning system (TALL v1.0). Pablo has worked professionally for EduQuest, IBM; American Stores, TestOut!, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in various capacities as instructional designer, business analysts, software developer, solutions manager, and database engineer. He has presented at several national and international conferences on Data Governance and Master Data Management earning in 2013 the Best Data Governance Program Award. His academic research interests and doctoral dissertation have focused on the implementation of teacher-mediated instructional system, for which he was awarded the 1998 Young Scholar Award by the Education Technology Research & Development journal. He has also worked as an Adjunct Faculty for the Educational Technology department at the University of Utah teaching courses on Learning Theories and Instructional Development and currently at the College of Business Management at Argosy University teaching courses on Organizational Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Business Management, Communications, and Business Planning. He has taught community classes on Euclidian Geometry for homeschooling families and the Geography and Science classes for The Family School Online High School. He and his wife, Heidi, are the parents of eight children and they love hiking, sailing, cooking, reading, and raising their children together.

 

Leah_JeppsonLeah Jeppson

Middle School: Art Appreciation A

Leah Jeppson is an experienced instructor and avid art and music enthusiast. She graduated from her family homeschool in 2010. She recently completed her sophomore year at BYU Idaho, where she is seeking a Bachelors of Arts in Music, with string emphasis. She served a full time LDS mission, in the Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission, Portuguese speaking. She performed with the Utah Youth Philharmonic for five years. She played fiddle and sang with her family bluegrass band, “The Wildflowers” for eight years, giving over 400 performances in the US, Canada and in Europe.  She has taught private violin lessons for eight years. From the time of her childhood, she regularly enjoyed studying about the lives of great artists and composers, and various art and music periods and styles.

Pam Bond

Middle School

(Photo and bio coming soon)

 

 

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Learning Communities does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age or disabilities.

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