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3 examples of a personalized learning plan (PLP) template

Stephanie CarmichaelOctober 16, 2017

Personalized learning plays a key role in student-centered teaching, but it can be tough (or even confusing) to make it work with your existing lesson plans. That’s where pre-made templates can help.

Below are three examples of a personalized learning plan (PLP) template and what makes them good choices to use in your classroom.

A ‘Personalized Learning Plan for Success’

The State of Vermont Agency of Education made its own personalized learning plan template that its educators can fill out and use.

What’s good about it:

  • The template is short and manageable at only four pages.
  • Its student-centered focus incorporates short-term and long-term goals and asks students to evaluate their own skills, strengths, values, and more.
  • The “Learning Expectations” section helps students identify their own academic plan (in accordance with their personal goals and school expectations) and understand when they’ve achieved it.
  • The final sections sync the interests of students, parents, teachers, and advisors.

You can download Vermont’s personalized learning plan template here.

The BSCP’s ‘Lesson Plan Reflection Guide’

The Building State Capacity and Productivity Center (BSCP) is a national content center through the U.S. Department of Education’s Comprehensive Centers program. Its 30-plus-page personalized learning lesson plan guide is exactly that: comprehensive.

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What’s good about it:

  • The guide is more academic in nature and is backed by the nationwide Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
  • The introduction assists educators in understanding concepts involved in personalized learning, including four main competencies and key components of a successful lesson plan.
  • Detailed rubrics help teachers evaluate how well their lesson plans serve personalized learning and competencies and then make them better.
  • Multiple real-life examples show teachers what they would complete the rubrics for different lesson plans and activities.

You can get the BSCP’s personalized learning guide here.

CIL’s ‘Practice Guide for Teachers’

The Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) is another national content center supported by the U.S. DoE. Its comprehensive guide looks at personalized learning “through the student’s eyes.”

What’s good about it:

  • The resource balances academic information with more human stories of teachers and students.
  • The introduction examines the definition of personalized learning in relation to the teacher’s role and student’s experience.
  • It looks at the relationships in the classroom through different lenses, such as classroom culture and learning motivation, as well as from different angles — teacher and student, the teacher and students’ families, etc.
  • Important personal competencies are discussed at length and in detail.
  • The personalized learning lesson template breaks down how class should progress, what should be covered, and how much time should be spent on each activity.

You can access CIL’s personalized learning plan template here.

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