Personal Learning Plans
Submitted by David J. Rosen on January 31, 2014 - 10:38am
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In the LINCS Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) micro-group, Jessica Queener has called attention to this interesting development in some grades in public schools in Vermont that may be of interest to people in the Disabilities in Adult Education CoP. Jessica wrote: "The Vermont Department of Education is encouraging all students to begin thinking about career planning and development by incorporating personalized learning plans. Students can include possible college courses and internship opportunities into their plans. They have launched a website for students, teachers, and families to learn more about personalized learning plans. To learn more about this program, please go to: http://www.reformer.com/news/ci_25022346/vermont-helps-students-personalized-learning-plans. They plan to roll out the program in the fall for 7th and 9th graders. Eventually, other grades will participate in this program."
From the article: "Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is dyslexic, told the assembled CVU students and staff he wished he had access to such a planning and learning program. 'The idea here is -- whether you are dyslexic like me and don’t learn traditionally or whether you excel traditionally or whether you’re somewhere in the middle -- our job is to have an educational system where everybody succeeds and everybody learns to their potential,' he said. "
I like this idea because it values goal-setting and career planning and counseling, and because it appears to be "universal design," that is, useful for people with disabilites, and for everyone.
I wonder if you think we should have personal learning/career plans in adult education, or if you have good examples of where this is happening now, and where all adult learners, including those with disabilities, are included.
David J. Rosen