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International EDspeditions 2017-05-19T03:18:35+00:00

Building character in our youth through service initiatives, cultural exchange, and global exploration.

PEAKxSchool is currently developing our International EDspeditions platform.  This includes researching BC Ministry of Education certified courses that are ideally suited to experiential instruction abroad.

Our programs integrate academic course work, service initiatives, language learning, and opportunities for cultural exchange.  All activities have been designed to compliment the major themes of the program and are overseen by our qualified staff.

Having worked as a program manager for a Summer Semester Abroad program, Brad Gooderham has the operational experience of how to plan and run safe, fun, and productive international courses.  It was in this position that Brad met Pierce Cassidy, currentPEAKxSchool Advisor to Finance and Education.  For his culminating project for an MBA at Royal Roads University, Pierce created the business plan and operational framework for international integrated courses.

Note:  PEAKxSchool (operated by Iterate Education Consultants) is seeking classification as an Independent School to offer BC Ministry of Education accredited courses and issue credits.  At this time, our consulting services augment student homeschool or online education curricula offered by the BC Ministry of Education as well as offering non-credit bearing courses.

In order to offer credit, the courses below will have to be run through an accredited Independent, Online, or Public School.  The courses listed are examples of ideal curricula-experience interactions and represent examples instead of products/services.

Sample programs that are currently under review.

Course Location: Determined by group.  Opportunities are limitless

Course Length:  3 weeks (expedition) and approx. 30 hours pre-trip instruction.  Adaptable to group objectives.

Group Size: Maximum 10 students.

The Sophia Project has been designed to provide young women access to supportive and inspiring role-models.  It has been envisioned as an expedition/travel-based program but is highly adaptable to the objectives of each group. The all-female courses include an academic component that is determined through collaboration between the students and the leaders.  Examples could include Leadership and Peer Support 11 (BAA Course), Graduation Transitions 12, and Social Justice 12 just to list just a few.

Our faculty are especially enthusiastic about working with young ladies to design and implement a curriculum customized to each cohort’s particular interests. This is accomplished through the Independent Directed Study option provided by the Ministry of Education.  Working collaboratively the faculty would help to draft course proposals, design course content, structure lesson delivery methods, and develop assessment objectives and tools.   This unique opportunity offers a value-added experience of student-centred design, which is certain to elevate the level of engagement and reward.

The tripartite objectives of the Sophia Project are as follows:

  • Mentorship of young women by strong, passionate, and accomplished professional women.
  • Provide opportunities for young women to develop and express their “authentic voice” in a nurturing cohort of peers.
  • To gain the confidence and skills to travel safely and to explore the broader context of women in a globalized society.

More detail on the Sophia Project is available by contacting our office directly at info@iterated.ca.  Please reference Sophia Project in the email title.

Course Location: Costa Rica

Course Length:  3 weeks (expedition) and approx. 30 hours pre-trip instruction.

Group Size: Maximum 10 students.

The Science 10 Curriculum is ideally suited for place-based experiential education in Costa Rica.  The stunning landscapes are ideally suited to active exploration of the curriculum.  Studying tropical rainforest ecosystems on a jungle canopy walk, exploring coral reefs and underwater life, and descending into a caldera of a volcano bring the major units to life in the most engaging way.

The units covered in Science 10 include:

  • Sustainability of Ecosystems
  • Chemical Reactions and Radioactivity
  • Motion
  • Energy Transfer in Natural Systems
  • Plate Tectonics
Course Location: France.  (possibly Ottawa as well based on group interest)

Course Length:  3 weeks (expedition) and approx. 30 hours pre-trip instruction.

Group Size: Maximum 10 students.

This course was designed by Pierce Cassidy as the culminating project for his MBA degree (Royal Roads, 2012).  The tripartite objectives include service, language learning, and Canadian history (i.e. Canada’s role in the World Wars).  The expedition itinerary includes landmarks of Canadian involvement in the wars, cities of historical and/or cultural importance, and locations with opportunities to contribute service initiatives.  Students would be required to attend classes and planning sessions prior to departure at which time they would study the foundational content that will add value to the trip.

The BC Socials 11 curriculum contributes to the important goal of preparing students for their lives as Canadian citizens and members of the international community. The course is ideally suited to travel within Canada and Europe, specifically France and England, as the causes and effects of World Wars I and II figure prominently in the development of Canadian sociopolitical systems. (See pg.20 of the IRP).

Below are the five curriculum organizers (IRP pg. 12)

Skills and Processes

This organizer includes the skills and processes that students develop as they explore the issues presented in Social Studies 11. As students undertake thoughtful inquiry from a base of knowledge and values drawn from multiple perspectives, they construct new knowledge, learn how to develop and communicate reasoned arguments and convictions, and come to understand the practice of informed, deliberative, active citizenship. The prescribed learning outcomes in this organizer include:

  • critical thinking skills
  • research skills
  • communication skills
  • skills and attitudes of active citizenship.

Politics and Government

The study of politics and government builds on students’ prior understanding of government structures, preparing them with the skills, knowledge, and sense of efficacy to become informed and active citizens of Canada. This study will allow students to gain understanding of their Charter rights, political philosophies and parties, elections, and how to influence public policy.

Autonomy and International Involvement Canada has been shaped by significant historical events, both within the country and at a global level. By exploring Canada’s role in world events and examining Canada’s development as an autonomous nation, students come to understand Canada’s position and responsibilities in the international community.

Human Geography

Students develop understanding of the global issues that arise from the disparity in standards of living, how they affect our environment, and our response to the issues.

Society and Identity

The 20th century has seen profound change in the social fabric of Canada that has made the search for a Canadian identity a vital issue for Canadians. In examining societal issues, students gain understanding of the dynamic regional, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Canadian society. By exploring these issues, students gain understanding of the forces that both shape and reflect the Canadian identity.

Course Location: Unlimited opportunity worldwide

Course Length:  Customized to the objectives of the families and students

Group Size: Dependent on requirements of expedition but generally our maximum program enrollment is 10 students.

PEAKx faculty are uniquely qualified to work with students and families to plan and provide exceptional academic learning in experientially-focused programs.

Whatever your goals or ambitions, we are capable of creating a custom curriculum that makes the best use of any location worldwide.  We provide many options for students wishing to earn credit for their expedition experiences including augmenting existing courses, integrating distance education, curricular design (Independent Directed Study), and meeting Duke of Edinburgh Award requirements.

For more information on how we can work with families to design International EDspeditions customized to your needs and objectives please contact our office through info@iterated.ca.   Please mention International EDspedition in the message title.