WeLearn’s consultation process focuses on learners as unique individuals, ensuring they remain passionate about learning. This process begins with finding each learner’s uniqueness in as many dimensions as are feasible, which is done through a series of assessments. However, these are not typical “high-stakes” tests that would be found in most schools. WeLearn uses a combination of initial assessments to match students to curriculum based on the three “Ps:” personality, proficiencies, and passions.
Once the assessments have been completed and evaluated, learners and parents have an initial consultation with a WeLearn Curriculum Cartographer. During this initial session, learners and parents will discuss their goals for the short- medium- and long-term. Rather than simply looking at numbers, scores, and transcripts, the discussion will center on each learner’s desire for secondary and post-secondary education by including elements such as hobbies, sports, and extracurricular activities that they have found rewarding, including volunteer work or artistic expression. While this conversation needs to include the parents as well as the learner, there will be time for both parties to meet individually with the Curriculum Cartographer, so that they may express anything that they may want to share, but would be reluctant to do so in a group setting. Generally, this information can give the Curriculum Cartographer the additional insight needed to truly tailor a personalized path for the learner.
At this point, the Curriculum Cartographer compiles all of the information and uses it to develop the learner’s recommended education plan. The plan begins with an onboarding class designed to teach students how to learn online, since this is a new environment for most learners. Also included will be options for multiple online providers to address the academic core, and life skills course recommendations. In order to maintain a balance between online and in-person methodologies, the plan also includes complementary and supplementary experiential/project-based learning, recommended tutors and mentor(s) (when applicable), as well as options for levels of WeLearn versus parental facilitation of the plan.
Once all of the specific courses are chosen, parents will provide the necessary documents to register for the courses and the Curriculum Cartographer will help them create their respective WeLearner and parent accounts on the platform so that the learning plan’s various elements can be implemented. The platform will then schedule necessary follow-up and check-in sessions for both parent and learner, as well as suggested completion dates for various units within the courses and for the courses themselves. Since some providers will allow immediate registration and acceptance and some have their own internal admission process, some calendaring will be completed immediately, and some set separately once the provider’s process is complete.
The final calendaring is for the in-person elements of the learning plan, so WeLearners know which projects will be available to them at which times, as well as meetings with assigned mentors to discuss a learning trajectory that matches the learner’s goals.
Once this is all complete, a “First Day” is decided upon and a new WeLearner joins the community!