PLP Pathways Overview

The goal of this website is to facilitate and guide participants through the design and implementation phases of their personalized learning program as mandated by Act 77 and the state of Vermont. Using the Agency of Education's guiding documents, experience from pilot projects, and in collaboration with educators across the state, this website will guide teachers through a process for creating a Personal Learning Plan program. Additionally, as personalized learning matures across the state, we will be integrating proficiency-based learning into the personalized learning process to support the creation of integrated, 21st century learning environments that best suit the students of Vermont.

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Our sole purpose is to develop professional development resources, relationships, and collaborative opportunities in support of Vermont's teachers. This website has been built by teachers who have conducted these exercises in the classroom, who have collected data based on their work, and who have collaborated in an effort to create an educationally sound, developmentally appropriate, personal learning experience for students. The project is sponsored and supported by the Middle Grades Collaborative and the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont.

As you begin your personal learning journey, please consider the following essential questions.

Essential Questions:
  • How will our Personal Learning Plans align with the goals of our school, district, and the state of Vermont? What are our team's parameters?
  • What are the personalized learning goals for our students?
  • How will Personal Learning Plans and the PLP process be communicated to parents and the community?
  • What benchmarks, proficiencies, and evidence will be included in the personal learning plans and how will this coordinate with the state of Vermont's move to proficiency based graduation requirements?
  • What flexible pathways are available to our students so they can demonstrate proficiency through multiple learning experiences?

Educators on the Move

  • Matthew McCormick, Woodstock Union Middle School Matthew McCormick is a sixth-year educator at Woodstock Union Middle School, where he has taught 7th-grade English and Global Studies since 2014. Prior to that, he taught a ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 12:50 PM by Don Taylor
  • Chris Palmer, BFA-Fairfax My name is Chris Palmer.  I’m a fifth-year educator at BFA-Fairfax Elementary/Middle School in Fairfax, VT.  My first four years as an educator, I’ve taught ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2016, 1:43 AM by Don Taylor
  • Christie Nold, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Christie is in her second year at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, Vermont where she teaches 6th grade Social Studies. Prior to FHTMS, Christie worked as the ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2016, 12:17 PM by Don Taylor
  • Dave Baroody Germantown Academy Philadelphia, PADavid Baroody teaches English and Social Studies to young adolescents at Germantown Academy in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from northern New England, David graduated from Middlebury College ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 4:43 PM by PLP Pathways
  • Lindsey Halman, Essex Middle School Lindsey is originally from Rockville, MD, but has called Vermont home for the past fourteen years.  She has taught middle school in Vermont for the past fourteen years and is ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2016, 5:50 PM by Don Taylor
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Mark Your Calendar

  • Season 2, PLP Pathways Webinar #10, Thursday, June 8 @ 3:30 This week we will be discussing how teachers, schools, and educational organizations are evaluating their progress towards implementing elements of Act 77. You can watch live or after the fact ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2017, 5:39 PM by Don Taylor
  • Season 2, PLP Pathways Webinar #9, Thursday May 18th @ 3:30 Join our ongoing discussion as we reflect on transitioning students to their next life and learning stage and how the PLP can be used as a tool for reflection, exploration ...
    Posted May 14, 2017, 5:50 AM by PLP Pathways
  • Season 2, PLP Pathways Webinar #8, Thursday April 27 @ 3:30 Please join our PLP Pathways contributors as we discuss flexible pathways, collaboration with folks implementing Act 77, and continuing professional development opportunities. You can watch the event live here: PLP ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2017, 1:56 PM by Don Taylor
  • Season 2, PLP Pathways Webinar #7 March 23 @ 3:30 Join PLP Pathways contributors as they discuss proficiency-based learning, flexible pathways, and how elements of personalized learning are being integrated into the curriculum as teachers and students move through ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2017, 2:31 AM by Don Taylor
  • Season 2, PLP Pathways Webinar #6, Thursday, February 16 @ 3:30 This month's webinar will discuss the three pillars of personalization, project-based learning, and middle level organizational structures that are best suited for middle level curriculum in the 21st ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:59 AM by Don Taylor
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