Personalized Learning

Personalization is “a learning process in which schools help students assess their own talents and aspirations, plan a pathway toward their own purposes, work cooperatively with others in challenging tasks, maintain a record of explorations, and demonstrate their learning against clear standards in a wide variety of media, all with the close support of adult mentors and guides.” (National Association of Secondary School Principals)

The Flexible Pathways Initiative, created by Act 77 of 2013 and found in 16 V.S.A. § 941, has charged Vermont secondary school educators to create personalized learning environments that offer flexible pathways to graduation and a planning process by which students and educators can reflect on and document student learning over time. We encourage all educators to access, modify and adapt these resources to provide a personalized experience for all students.

Learn more about Flexible Pathways in Vermont.

Learn more about all of our resources on student-centered learning with this Roadmap.


What are Flexible Pathways

What is Act 77

What is Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning and Flexible Pathways Communications Tools

These flyers have been designed for schools to use with their students, families, colleagues and community to support schools in the communication of the components and prospects of Act 77.

Personalized Learning Grant Opportunities

The Agency of Education is seeking to support SU/SDs in developing, strengthening, and implementing Personalized Learning Processes and Practices. These grant funds are one-time short duration funds for FY20.

Seeking Public Comment: Developmental Counseling Framework for Vermont Schools

The Agency of Education is seeking comments from the public on a proposed “Vermont School Counseling Framework.”  The comment period is open from December 15, 2021 to January 15, 2022.  Please submit comments using THIS FORM. Questions should be directed to

2021 School Counseling Survey Results

In February 2021, the Agency issued a state-wide survey of school counselors. The purpose of the survey was to provide the Agency with information that would help the Agency to:

  • prioritize policies and activities that improve the landscape for school counseling in the state;
  • help counselors more fully connect students' personalized learning plans with flexible pathway options;
  • promote best practices in counseling in alignment with American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards; and
  • assess the needs of counselors and students related to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to effectively target supports.

Summary results of the survey are included below:

Personalization Training

Vermont Personalized Learning on Twitter

Questions or suggestions?

Email Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Personalization & Flexible Pathways, or call (802) 595-9740.
Email Sigrid Olson, Personalized Learning Coordinator, or call (802) 828-7134. 

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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