At Clark Street Community School (CSCS) students personalize their education to their unique needs and interests. The way we are able to make this individualized learning possible is through the Clark Street Community School Personal Learning Plan (PLP).
All learners at CSCS create, use, assess, revise, and present on their learning each semester. PLPs are the key to learning at CSCS and function as a students individual roadmap to graduation.
Write Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
- Every CSCS student will prepare for their initial advisory team meeting by creating a statement about their current needs, and desires for learning based on their academic record to date as well as their personal interests.
- A student's advisory team will be made up of the student and their CSCS advisor and may include a parent or supporting adult.
- At the initial meeting, each student will share what they prepared with their team, articulate academic and personal goals (short and long-term), identify needed resources and strategies for accessing assistance, schedule projects, seminars, workshops and other learning opportunities, and draft a personal mission statement for the coming semester.
Engage in Learning Experiences
- Throughout the semester students have the opportunity to engage in individual, small and large group projects, internships, formal classes, etc. Each student's schedule will be tailored to the goals established in their PLP.
Practice Assessment and Reflection
- On a daily basis, students will journal and reflect as to their progress to engage with their personal mission statement and make progress towards their PLP goals.
- Each week, every CSCS student will have a formal PLP check in with an advisor. They will review their goals and progress, discuss next steps and/or revisions to their plan, and seek feedback and support.
- Additionally, each week during advisory meeting time, one day will be set aside for a group PLP check in. Students will share with each other about their progress to raise awareness of one another's goals and develop a community of support.
Create and Present Presentation of Learning
- At the end of each semester, once the project process is complete, each student will create a Presentation of Learning (POL) which they will share publicly with their peers, teachers, and family. The POL will focus on what they learned over the past semester academically and personally and what worked and didn't work to achieve their PLP goals.
- At the POL students will answer questions and receive feedback on their work and presentation.
- Each student will present their own POL and will also be invited to participate as audience members for peer students POLs.
Prepare for Student-led Conference with Advising Team
- Based on the completion of one PLP cycle and feedback from POL, each student will prepare for a student-led conference with their advising team.
- At the conference, student will share their progress towards goals from previous semester and establish new goals for the coming semester. The team will reflect and provide feedback for the student based on their observations.
- At this time, each student and their advising team will revise their PLP goals, mission statement, and schedule for the coming semester.