Focus on Student Engagement: Individual Learning Plans


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Learn all there is to know about Individual Learning Plans, including state policies, best practices, implementation, data collection and a detailed analysis on improving current student outcomes and policies.

Todd Bloom
Chief Academic Officer

Jim Bierma
College Readiness Consortium, University of Minnesota
Program Director

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Focus on Student Engagement: Individual Learning Plans

  1. 1. Focus on Student Engagement: Individual Learning Plans Todd Bloom, Ph.D Chief Academic Officer Hobsons Jim Bierma Program Director College Readiness Consortium University of Minnesota Texas Association of School Administrators January 31, 2012
  2. 2. <ul><li>Background on ILPs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characteristics and Components </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Best Practices for ILP Implementation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networks of Student Support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data Collection and Analysis/Feedback Loops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving Student Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving Policies and Practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>AGENDA
  3. 3. Background on Individual Learning Plans
  4. 4. <ul><li>Education for All Handicapped Children Act (1975) mandated Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students receiving special education services. </li></ul><ul><li>IEP characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordination of people and services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student and parent engaged in planning process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education plan developed around unique abilities and needs of each student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan updated annually at a minimum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan considers academic and non-academic </li></ul></ul>ILP Background
  5. 5. <ul><li>Shift towards ILPs for all students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Success of IEPs, ineffectiveness of “1-size fits all” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased focus and clarity on student achievement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National and state reform agendas require data on student outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal of students graduating college and career ready </li></ul></ul>ILP Background
  6. 6. <ul><li>All 50 states and the DC has an initiative that promotes college and career planning for HS students: </li></ul><ul><li>25 states and DC mandate ILPs </li></ul><ul><li>3 states mandate a guidance framework that does not include a formal planning document </li></ul><ul><li>22 states do not have a mandate, but… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 of them provide ILP models </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>13 provide a guidance framework for districts to use </li></ul></ul>State Policies
  7. 7. <ul><li>2003 TX Personal Graduation Plan requires Personal Graduation Plans for students at risk of not receiving a diploma: </li></ul><ul><li>“ identify educational goals for the student; </li></ul><ul><li>include diagnostic information, appropriate monitoring and intervention, and other evaluation strategies; </li></ul><ul><li>include an intensive instruction program; </li></ul><ul><li>address participation of the student’s parent or guardian, including consideration of the parent’s or guardian’s educational expectations for the student; and </li></ul><ul><li>provide innovative methods to promote the student’s advancement, including flexible scheduling, alternative learning environments, on-line instruction, and other interventions that are proven to accelerate the learning process and have been scientifically validated to improve learning and cognitive ability.” </li></ul>TX Policy
  8. 9. <ul><li>Academic plan </li></ul><ul><li>Academic, career and personal goals </li></ul><ul><li>Career exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Resume builder </li></ul><ul><li>Regular updates (annually is most common) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal reflection </li></ul>Characteristics of ILP Frameworks
  9. 10. <ul><li>Personality and learning style assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of strengths and needs </li></ul><ul><li>Action plan </li></ul><ul><li>Service learning </li></ul><ul><li>Link to learning support services </li></ul>Characteristics of ILP Frameworks
  10. 12. Best Practices for ILP Implementation
  11. 13. <ul><li>Emphasize the individual in the ILP </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student learns about own learning strengths and needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student has tools to explore academic, career and personal interests and to make goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student owns planning, learning and outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create a support team for each student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parental/Guardian involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve all appropriate staff in planning process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect student to learning resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer support </li></ul></ul>ILPs that Engage Students
  12. 18. Data Collection and Analysis/ Feedback Loops
  13. 19. <ul><li>Data Collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K-12 information about each student: performance data, courses, goals, exploration activities, extracurricular, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Postsecondary information: enrollment, performance and completion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where did they go? Are they still there? Did they graduate? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If they struggled, with what? Did they stop-out? </li></ul></ul>Using Data to Create a Feedback Loop
  14. 20. Washington Tech. Magnet: MCA Test Scores
  15. 21. MPS Accelerated Coursework
  16. 22. MPS Postsecondary Enrollment
  17. 23. <ul><li>Available at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Or search: “Naviance” and “ILP” </li></ul>Naviance ILP Report
  18. 24. Questions? Todd Bloom [email_address] @Todd_Bloom (952)807-5345 Jim Bierma [email_address] (651)303-2736
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