Learning Opportunities

u.school-led Learning Opportunities

Fall 2020 --- Session 1

  • YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS - A weekly song share group. Each student brings a song that they want to share with the group. There will be free-for-all weeks and theme weeks. Other students will discuss and react to the songs they share. The instructor will provide context to the music and lead the discussion. Delivered online :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 4 students
  • MINDFULNESS MEDITATION - We will learn a little bit about the science of mindful meditation and then create a routine for developing a meditation practice. Delivered online :: 8 Weeks:: $120 :: Minimum 4 students.
  • HISTORY OF ORGANIZED CRIME - We will explore the history of various implementations of organized crime. This Learning Opportunity will use readings, documentaries, films, and discussion to explore the topic. Delivered online :: T8 Weeks:: $120 :: Minimum 4 students
  • LET'S GET CREATIVE WITH MYTHOLOGY AND FOLKLORE - We will be using mythological stories and folklore from across the world to create original and adapted creative works of art, poetry, story, song, music, and more. Delivered online :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 4 students
  • RACE AND AMERICA - We will confront the legacy of slavery and racism in America from 1619 to today’s protests over police violence. We will utilize films, documentaries, podcasts, readings, and local history research. Delivered online with local field trips (if possible) :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 4 students
  • ACT PREP - We will discuss test-taking strategies, review released items, and practice sample test questions. Meet twice weekly for 10 weeks. Meetings at a local (SGF) library or coffee shop (size dependent) with social distancing rules in effect :: $200 :: Minimum 3 students
  • PRE-ALGEBRA - We will review basic math skills, then work on pre-algebra topics such as place values, order of operations, rounding, distributive property, and properties of numbers. Delivered online :: Daily practice and lessons via web-based platforms such as Khan Academy, BrainGenie, DreamBox, etc. :: Minimum 3 students
  • ALGEBRA - Delivered online :: Daily practice and lessons via web-based platforms such as Khan Academy, BrainGenie, DreamBox, etc. :: Minimum 3 students
  • ALGEBRA II - Delivered online :: Daily practice and lessons via web-based platforms such as Khan Academy, BrainGenie, DreamBox, etc. :: Minimum 3 students
  • GEOMETRY - Delivered online :: Daily practice and lessons via web-based platforms such as Khan Academy, BrainGenie, DreamBox, etc. :: Minimum 3 students
  • PRE-CALCULUS - Delivered online :: Daily practice and lessons via web-based platforms such as Khan Academy, BrainGenie, DreamBox, etc. :: Minimum 3 students
  • POETRY - Read, analyze, discuss, and write a variety of poetry (including song lyrics) :: Delivered online with met-ups when possible (coffee shops, lunch, etc.) :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 3 students
  • LITERATURE - In this book group class, we will read literature with sensitivity, and explore varied cultural perspectives in addition to reading for the plot. Depending on student interests, readings could range from the canonic to the contemporary and roam over a wide landscape of cultures and voices both in original English and in translation. Most genres will be represented, including novels, short stories, essays, poetry, plays, graphic novels, and film. Class discussion and participation is essential. There will be some writing. Book groups will be of varying levels. Delivered online and/or in-person with social distancing rules :: Two months (per book) :: $80 (plus book purchase or borrow) :: Minimum 3 students
  • CREATIVE WRITING - Students write weekly in this 12-week course, experimenting in genres that may include poetry, short story, microfiction, plays, and creative non-fiction. The study includes readings in each genre as models with an emphasis on learning different writing styles. Students also focus on the process of revising creative work, producing multiple drafts, and critiquing. Each writer will create a portfolio of work in Headrush. Delivered online with met-ups when possible (coffee shops, library, etc.) :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 4 students This Learning Opportunity will be offered in Session 2
  • ACADEMIC WRITING - Students will write in non-fiction genres. These include essays, research papers and analysis/responses based on sources. This course will focus on writing that adheres to traditional conventions of punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Delivered online :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 4 students
  • FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES IN LITERATURE - This course will investigate iconic and influential historical and literary writing by women. We will read classic, subversive, and enduring women’s writing and trace the emerging and evolving subjects, themes, and formal innovations to explore the goals and strategies of women writers. We will also investigate current feminist trends and topics in literature and media. A portion of the class provides the opportunity for students to design and pursue an original project related to the themes of the course. Authors and theorists may include writers such as Sojourner Truth, Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, bell hooks, Toni Morrison, Flannery O’Connor, and Margaret Sanger. Delivered online with met-ups when possible (coffee shops, library, etc.) :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 3 students This Learning Opportunity will be offered in Session 2
  • CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE - We will read and dissect fiction, poetry, drama, and criticism published from the middle of the twentieth century to the present. Our exploration will focus on the emergence of a distinctly black modernist and post-modernist literary discourse, often in response to and in conversation with contemporaneous Anglo-American literary movements and trends. We will investigate some of the following: African American writers’ engagement with the “Wright School of Social Protest”; the evolution of the Black Arts/Black Aesthetic Movements of the 1960s and 1970s; the emergence of black feminist and womanist literature, criticism, and theory in the 1970s and 1980s; and the so-called “third renaissance” of the 1990s and 2000s. However, the class will not be limited to these literary and cultural concerns: You’re expected to generate your own points of discussion and/or questions. This class will involve writing and critical thinking. Delivered online with met-ups when possible (coffee shops, library, etc.) :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 3 student
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE - Volunteerism not only benefits a community, but it can also broaden the worldview of the volunteer. Students who give their time and energy to a particular cause, gain an opportunity to reflect on the value of the volunteer in contemporary society. Through research and discussion, students consider different types of volunteer settings, trace the history of volunteer organizations, examine the various roles volunteers play within society, and reflect on ethical issues.The teacher and students will come up with opportunities and we will try to spend a day every two weeks volunteering. The teacher will organize this with the organization. In person as long as city health restrictions allow :: 3-5 hours every two weeks for 12 weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 4 students
  • SORRY MOM, BUT IT'S FOR SCIENCE - Experiments, demonstrations, and messes you can do in your kitchen, garage, and backyard. Delivered online :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 4 students
  • THIS IS YOUR BRAIN - Explore what science knows about our brains and how they work. Delivered online :: 8 Weeks :: $120 :: Minimum 4 students
  • INDIVIDUAL TUTORING - One to one or small group tutoring/instruction in specific topics :: In person with social distancing rules or online :: $25/session
  • INDIVIDUAL GUIDANCE AND ASSESSMENT - Work with a content area teacher one to one to guide, plan, and asses individual projects, research, and other learning activities :: In person with social distancing rules or online :: $25/session
  • MUSIC LESSONS - Private lessons in songwriting, composition, music theory, guitar, or bass for beginning to intermediate learners. :: $25/session