Category Archives: SEA Online Classes

October 18th, 2020 by 
A Planet of Viruses - Family SeriesJoin Scientist Blair Lee for a 10-week Discussion about Viruses When we think about life, we think about elephants, redwood trees, and people. Most of us do not think about organisms so small we cannot even see them, and we certainly do not think about those particle called viruses that are right on the border of living and non-living. Each Week there will be a presentation about the science followed by discussions about topics from the reading. Weeks 2 through 6 will use A Planet of Viruses written by Carl Zimmer as the spine. Other weeks will …
October 13th, 2020 by 
High School Writing with How Would You Rule? Do you like to argue? Are ethical puzzles fun to work through? Then you'll love Daniel Park's book How Would You Rule? which puts you in the judge's seat for some of the weirdest legal cases ever. We'll read several chapters from the book and use them for live discussions and writing activities of a variety of lengths and complexities. Learners will write four, multi-draft essays and receive supportive, meaningful feedback that challenges them to find their own writing style and craft academic writing effectively and engagingly. Taught by Michelle Parrinello-Cason Enroll Now …
October 13th, 2020 by 
Middle School Writing with The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie Is Barbie a phenomenal example of pop culture influence who has sparked creativity and joy? Or is she a sign of the ills of our society that has brought about poor self esteem and vanity? Take a look at Barbie through multiple perspectives while learning more about the changes she's undergone and the biography of her creator, Ruth Handler. We'll read the book The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie and write two multi-draft essays based off our work. Taught by Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason Sign Up NowWhat Makes SEA …
October 12th, 2020 by 
Exploring Philosophy with The Good Place Whether you are a fan of The Good Place or have never seen it before, this class is set up to be enjoyable and informational for all. Is it ever okay to lie? What makes a good friend? How should you make a decision? These are just some of the questions we'll tackle. In four separate 7-week classes, we will watch each season of The Good Place and explore its philosophical and ethical themes. Each week, we will have a live discussion over the previous week’s episodes. The final two class periods will be reserved for final …
October 12th, 2020 by 
High School Writing with Hope Jahren's Lab Girl (Guided-No Live Meetings) Hope Jahren's Lab Girl is a beautifully written tribute to what it means to be a scientist and a human. Follow Jahren's memoir through alternating chapters that explore her personal life and struggles with mental illness and her professional life and observations of the plant world. Learners will write four, multi-draft essays and receive supportive, meaningful feedback that challenges them to find their own writing style and craft academic writing effectively and engagingly. Taught by Michelle Parrinello-Cason Enroll Now Class Duration: February 1-April 25 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age …
October 12th, 2020 by 
Advanced Fantasy Map-Making: World-Building (for Younger Learners) In a continuation of the Fantasy Map-Making class, learn more advanced techniques in map-making while collaboratively building a storyline for a fantasy world. Drawn, relief, and printed maps will be explored with more complexity, and new methods, including digital maps, will be introduced. This class also includes an array of writing assignments that guide your learner’s crafting of story and connect their ideas to their maps. All students will receive a copy of the class project. This is a deeply creative and tactile class that uses both imagination and critical thinking! Ages 6-9 …
October 12th, 2020 by 
Advanced Fantasy Map-Making: World-Building In a continuation of the Fantasy Map-Making class, learn more advanced techniques in map-making while collaboratively building a storyline for a fantasy world. Drawn, relief, and printed maps will be explored with more complexity, and new methods, including digital maps, will be introduced. This class also includes an array of writing assignments that guide your learner’s crafting of story and connect their ideas to their maps. All students will receive a copy of the class project. This is a deeply creative and tactile class that uses both imagination and critical thinking! Note: Fantasy Map-Making is a …
October 11th, 2020 by 
Historical Thinking and Writing Bootcamp: For Parents/Guardians Thinking and writing from the perspective of a historian is not just an important academic skill, but also an essential life skill. The ability to connect the past to the present and future through discussions and assignments changes the way history is seen and told. In this Bootcamp, students will look at how historians approach research and draw conclusions, learn to examine and evaluate evidence, search for diverse perspectives, use different kinds of sources, and create meaningful essays and projects. The Parent/Guardian Bootcamp will focus on facilitation and building historical thinking and writing …
October 11th, 2020 by 
Research Bootcamp for Parents (Spring 2021) Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are all essential skills for any learner. In this quick and useful class, we’ll focus on how to research any topic accurately and efficiently using the plethora of resources available, how to identify credible sources and examine bias, and use this knowledge to dive deeply into the subjects we are passionate about. The Research Bootcamp for Parents covers much of the information included in the MS and HS Research Bootcamps, but from the perspective of facilitation. We’ll be focusing on strategies to motivate and guide students in research, …
October 10th, 2020 by 
Historical Thinking and Writing Bootcamp: High School Thinking and writing from the perspective of a historian is not just an important academic skill, but also an essential life skill. The ability to connect the past to the present and future through discussions and assignments changes the way history is seen and told. In this Bootcamp, students will look at how historians approach research and draw conclusions, learn to examine and evaluate evidence, search for diverse perspectives, use different kinds of sources, and create meaningful essays and projects. Required assignments will use the history they are already studying, or are interested …
October 10th, 2020 by 
Historical Thinking and Writing Bootcamp: Middle School Thinking and writing from the perspective of a historian is not just an important academic skill, but also an essential life skill. The ability to connect the past to the present and future through discussions and assignments changes the way history is seen and told. In this Bootcamp, students will look at how historians approach research and draw conclusions, learn to examine and evaluate evidence, search for diverse perspectives, use different kinds of sources, and create meaningful essays and projects. Required assignments will use the history they are already studying, or are interested …
October 9th, 2020 by 
Ancient Archaeology Archaeology is the window through which historians have been able to see the past by means of tangible evidence. In this class, students will learn about the practice of archaeology in the field, lab, and institutions, and how it contributes to historiography, or the way history is studied and written. Through an exploration of archaeology and the Ancient World (prehistory to Ancient Rome), learners will discover unique and important sites and artifacts, explore history through places and objects, examine cases of fraud, and discuss ethical dilemmas pertaining to archaeological sites and artifact collections. The instructor, Samantha Matalone Cook, …
October 8th, 2020 by 
Fantasy Map-Making Workshop for Younger Learners (Spring 2021) For kids who love fantasy, maps, art, and making! Join Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT for a hands-on workshop to explore hand-drawn, relief, and printed maps. Examples of maps from literature, science, and media will be explored, both within the fantasy genre and the real historical maps they are inspired from. The four sessions will also include discussions on storytelling and design, map-making techniques, and using a variety of materials. This is a fun and engaging class that encourages personal creativity and skill-building! Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT Enroll in Session 1 …
October 8th, 2020 by 
Fantasy Map-Making Workshop (Spring 2021) For kids who love fantasy, maps, art, and making! Join Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT for a hands-on workshop to explore hand-drawn, relief, and printed maps. Examples of maps from literature, science, and media will be explored, both within the fantasy genre and the real historical maps they are inspired from. The four sessions will also include discussions on storytelling and design, map-making techniques, and using a variety of materials. This is a fun and engaging class that encourages personal creativity and skill-building! Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT Enroll in Session 1 Enroll in Session …
October 7th, 2020 by 
Heart And Soul: The Story of America and African Americans This hybrid class will consist of three weeks self paced work and a monthly come together where students can present their favorite topics and discuss the African American stories in more depth. Taught by Alycia Wright, M.Ed. Enroll Now Class Duration: January 21-March 8 Class Size: 8-12 learners Age Range: 6-9 Total Price: $250 Full Class Description This class is a twelve week series of interactive storytelling videos where I will re-enact the chapter and include an activity to be completed during the week. Students will then choose one completed …