Exciting News for Parents and Students!
Personalized Learning Plans (PLP)
Q: What is a PLP?
A: PLPs are Personalized Learning Plans. They are a way for students to review their learning styles, learn more about their interests, and set goals of what and how they want to learn. This year students in grades 7, 8, and 9 will be doing self-assessments, interest inventories, and multiple intelligence surveys on a site called Naviance. These activities will be done primarily in Advisory over time. With the results they will begin to set goals and steer their course selection to work toward life after high school.
Q: Why are we changing the way things have been done in the past?
A: Personal Learning Plans are part of Vermont Law, Act 77. While it is important for students to gain knowledge, we also must teach them how to use the information, set and meet goals, follow their interests, learn to be self-starters, and be creative and innovative thinkers.
Q: Who benefits from a PLP?
A: Students will have the opportunity to create their own Personalized Learning Plans that will help steer their future in the direction that most interests them through self-directed learning.
Q: When will students create PLPs?
A: Students in grades 7-9 will create their PLPs during Advisory with the guidance of their Advisors.
Q: How will parents be involved?
A: Once a student creates or modifies their Personal Learning Plan their parent/guardian will be asked to offer feedback about the plan. They will be asked to approve the plan and support and encourage the student as they actively work toward achieving their goal.
Q: How often will students review or change their PLP?
A: Working toward a goal requires periodic reflection. This reflective process a student may identify changes in interests or circumstances which would result in altering their goals. Depending on the student's specific goal the review might happen quarterly, for smaller goals, or annually, for long-term goals.
Questions? Email Susan Jones, PLP Coordinator at email@example.com
Community-Based Learning (CBL)
Q: What is CBL and why are we changing the way things have been done in the past?
A: It’s time to move learning beyond the classroom and out into the world around us!
Students can earn credit towards their graduation requirements through experiential learning, including, but not limited to: Journey East, Co-op Internships, Independent Studies, Habitat for Humanity, etc. Students will be required to complete 40 hours of community service between grades 7-12. The class of 2019 will be the first class to have this requirement. There will also be opportunities through after school programs to participate in community service activities.
Q:Who benefits from CBL?
A: Both students and community members will benefit from the work done during CBL. Students will have the opportunity to serve their community by completing community service. In addition, Students can also try out a career, gain experience through travel, etc. CBL gives students the opportunity to learn something that can’t be learned in a traditional classroom! “Service learning allows students to make a difference in their communities by meeting real needs. Students develop good citizenship skills and a positive feeling of self-worth. While performing service in the community they understand the relevance of academics and learn to think critically. Most develop job skills and all are exposed to the world of work. (Vermont Agency of Education)”
Q: When will students do CBL?
Students can work on their CBL over the summer and throughout the school year. It can be completed during school hours as well as on the student’s personal time.
Questions? Contact Nika Oakes, Cooperative Education Teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org