Flexible Pathways to Graduation
This concept is at the heart of Act 77 and is defined as “any combination of high-quality academic and experiential components leading to secondary school completion and postsecondary readiness, which may include assessments that allow the student to apply his or her knowledge and skills to tasks that are of interest to that student.” This does not refer to a finite menu of pre-selected pathways from which a student must choose. Rather, it implies that there may be as many unique pathways as there are students. Such flexibility in students’ experiences will require that school personnel, students, and parents are familiar with school-based course offerings, virtual learning opportunities, community work-based learning opportunities, and dual enrollment options.
§941. Flexible Pathways Initiative
“(a) There is created within the Agency a Flexible Pathways Initiative:
- To encourage and support the creativity of school districts as they develop and expand high-quality educational experiences that are an integral part of secondary education in the evolving 21st Century classroom;
- To promote opportunities for Vermont students to achieve postsecondary readiness through high-quality educational experiences that acknowledge individual goals, learning styles, and abilities; and
- To increase the rates of secondary school completion and postsecondary continuation in Vermont.”
On June 6, 2013 Governor Peter Shumlin signed Act77 - Flexible Pathways bill which provides for:
- Expansion of the existing statewide Dual Enrollment Program
- Expansion of the Early College Programs
- Increased access to work-based learning
- Increased virtual/blended learning opportunities
- Increased access to Career and Technical Education (CTE)
- Implementation of Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs)
Integrating Expanded Learning Opportunities with Flexible Pathways to College and Career Readiness Grant Application
In order to create a stronger link between formal and informal educators, AOE staff are now encouraging informal educators to create a statewide organizational structure. We believe that part of this structure should include a clearinghouse, repository, or database that provides an inventory of available providers as well as a description of offerings in the context of the EQS. This will be an extremely useful system for SUs/SDs and schools as educators work to make flexible pathways a reality for students.
Apply for the Integrating Expanded Learning Opportunities with Flexible Pathways to College and Career Readiness Grant Application.
One grant will be awarded for up to $50,000. Applications are due by February 15, 2016 and the award will be announced on February 29, 2016.
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