Personalized Learning is systems and approaches that deepen student learning by incorporating each student’s strengths, needs and interests - including student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn - to achieve the goals of active engagement, academic success, and preparation for post-secondary opportunities. While often less formalized, personalized learning and personalized instructional approaches are critical to students in kindergarten through grade 6, as well.
Schools are expected to initiate a personalized learning process for students aligned with the school's academic expectations and students' pathways toward graduation.
- Education Quality Standards; sections 2120.1 Instructional Practices, 2120.2 Flexible Pathways, 2120.4 Personalized Learning Plans, 2120.8 Local Graduation Requirements.
- Act 77, An act relating to encouraging flexible pathways to secondary school completion
Personalized Learning Plans
A personalized learning plan is a formal document created by students, parents, and teachers and available in digital and other formats both in and out of school, that, at a minimum: establishes individual student goals based on academic and career objectives and personal interests; sequences content and skill development to achieve those goals and ensure that a student can graduate college and career-ready; and is updated based on information about student performance in a variety of learning experiences - including assessments - that indicate progress towards goals. While often less formalized, personalized learning plans can be used with students in kindergarten through grade 6 as well.
Personalized Learning Plans Conceptual Framework
The Conceptual Framework outlines the process that supports the development and use of Personalized Learning Plans.
Resources for Personalized Learning Plans
Best Practices from Vermont
Designing Personalized Learning Pathways: Best Practices from Vermont is a presentation by Great Schools Partnership that highlights the design and implementation of flexible, personalized learning pathways. It also highlights Vermont’s League of Innovative Schools which is actively developing engaging learning pathways for students in partnership with middle schools, career and technical education centers, and colleges.
In this webinar, the presenters share challenges and successes experienced by these Vermont schools, as well as a selection of lessons learned to help other schools accelerate the development of learning pathways for students.
How to Implement Personalized Learning
We are in the process of creating a Personalized Learning Manual, which will contain background information about how to implement personalization practices previously found on our website. To obtain information before the new manual is complete, please contact Sigrid Olson, (802) 479-1156 or Veronica Newton , (802) 479-1408.
Email Sigrid Olson or call (802) 479-1156.
Email Veronica Newton or call (802) 479-1408.