Observer staff report
Champlain Valley Union High was among four Vermont high schools awarded a grant from the Vermont Agency of Education to help build public understanding and support for Act 77, legislation designed to provide students with multiple pathways to graduation.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with these schools to ensure that communities across Vermont fully understand the implications of the legislation,” said Deputy Secretary John Fischer in a statement. “In an era of unprecedented societal change, our best shot at creating a prosperous future for Vermont and our students is to remodel our educational delivery system to meet their needs. We need to spread that message far and wide.”
Act 77 encourages all schools in Vermont to offer “Flexible Pathways” to high school graduation that include both traditional and non-traditional learning. For example, students are able to get credit for internships and other workplace-based experiences. Act 77 also supports dual enrollment in high school and college courses, as well as virtual (online and video) and blended learning experiences.
Personalized Learning Plan requirements are intended to help students achieve academic success, be prepared for post-secondary opportunities and engage actively in civic life. Schools must ensure that they have designed a Personalized Learning Plan process for implementation beginning in the fall of 2015. Schools will be expected to work with students to identify their goals, learning styles and abilities, and align these with the school’s academic expectations and student’s pathway toward graduation.
The other three schools to receive grants are Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, Twinfield Union School in Plainfield and Colchester High School.
As part of the grant, representatives from the four schools will gather several times over the next academic year to learn skills related to building public understanding of educational redesign and deep engagement.
Participants will also engage in an online platform and school-based projects intended to advance the public conversation about student-centered learning in their communities.
Observer staff report