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The Independent Learning Network, Inc. (ILN) is a support network for Independent Learners* and their families in Coastal Georgia. ILN was established to address the need for alternative educational options in the region and is dedicated to the academic excellence of home-based learners in academic levels 3-12.
ILN services are recommended for:
- home-based and other non-conventional learners
- learners with exceptional needs (accelerated and academically challenged)
- at-risk learners
- homeschooling parents who seek additional support
- families requiring a specific, individual service, e.g., tutoring, testing, internship services.
ILN’s exceptional educators promote life-long learning and global thinking through personal curriculum planning, individualized instruction, and community programming while inspiring learners and bridging academic gaps.
*Independent Learners are defined as students who seek or are actively participating in home-based educational programs outside the traditional public and private school sectors.
The board and directors of ILN want to express our gratitude to Advantage Marketing for clarifying our vision in helping young people to achieve their potential.
Is Career Readiness necessary in today’s world?
- Research states that “businesses and postsecondary institutions are experiencing an increase of high school graduates who enter college or the workplace without mastery of the basic skills necessary to succeed.” (2011 Annual Publication of the Georgia Partnership in Education and Excellence)
- Internships increasingly weigh heavily in college applications and are the building blocks of effective résumés.
What are the benefits?
- Civic Enterprises stated that “service-learning programs have the potential to provide hands-on activities that bring relevance to classroom lessons, increase student engagement, and therefore keep more students in school longer.” (4/2008)
- Teens are able to see the value of an education and make the connection between getting a good education and their future prospects in the job market.
- Businesses are hiring teens and view teens as employable.
Why is ILN doing it?
ILN’s volunteer/internships have been so successful that nearly every ILN student has been offered part-time employment at their very first internship.
While promoting self-sufficiency and accountability, ILN is motivating students to learn and enjoy the journey of learning. ILN’s goal is to produce joyful learners who can function in today’s world. Therefore, ILN’s programming for high school level students includes preparation for the “real world.”
For details of ILN's Career Readiness Program go to Our Services |
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For many of our ILN families and friends August marks the beginning of the new academic year.
The following tips will inspire you and your family to become motivated and encouraged as we begin a new academic journey!
- Make a family plan.Setting goals and objectives for the academic year that include all family members in the planning process will motivate each member to honor his/her educational goal. Once academic or behavioral milestones are reached then celebrate the academic achievement together as a family.
- Stay focused. Throughout the learning process there are times when getting off track and academic purpose start to feel like drudgery. When this occurs acknowledge that getting back on a purposeful plan is necessary and then do it. A supportive “family,” positive written affirmations, and a review of the personal goal and objectives can support that effort to making a restart more successful.
- Embrace Effort, not Intention.Imperfection and unforeseen occurrence are a reality of life. Even with the “best” schedule, the “most thoughtful” goal, and objective planning, things will not go as hoped. Accept that there are some things that will not be accomplished this academic year. If our best effort (time, energy, resources) is put forth to achieve those things, acceptance of that as being our best should satisfy us and keep us motivated even if we did not meet the mark.
Why Home-based Learning?
- As the fastest growing form of education in the U.S. (5-12% increase per annum), home-based learning is becoming “mainstream” (Ray).
- The National Center for Education Statistics reported that in 2007, home-based learners had increased by 74% since 1999 (National Center for Education Statistics).
- Over one million families in the United States have chosen an alternative to public education (American Home School Association).
- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, there is an estimated 220,000 black children being homeschooled, 10 percent of the estimated 15 percent of minority children who are homeschooled (Ball).
- Regardless of income, race, gender or parents level of education, home-based learners consistently tested above average (82-92%) on achievement tests (Lyman) and higher on standardized tests than their public school counterparts (Rothschild).
- There was no significant difference between minority and white homeschooled students in academic achievement (Home School Legal Defense Association).
- Home-based learners scored higher than the nation average on the ACT in 2009 (Schuberg).
- The Chronicle of Higher Education reported a boom in home-based learners winning admission to selective colleges (Lyman).
- Home-based learners have significantly fewer problem behaviors (Shyers).
- Home-based learners are above average in academic, social, emotional and psychological development (Ray).
- Home-educated girls develop a stronger sense of self-esteem (Cate III) and boys with ADHD and other learning disabilities thrive in home-based learning environments (Stevens/Blair).
- The natural tendency toward physical expression and energetic nature in boys is better accommodated by home-based learning (Ray).
- Inexpensive virtual curriculum programs are creating endless options for students participating in home-based learning, including the necessity to be based in one location (Robinson).
- Home-educated learners are, in general, happier, better adjusted, more thoughtful, competent, and sociable (Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents).
- Home-based learners report being more mature, better socialized, participate in activities in their community, and socialize with children of different ages (Belfield).
- Home-based learning focuses on what is best for the individual learner and takes in account stages, not ages (St. John).