by Tricia Dahlman ~
The career and education landscape is changing. Recent Minnesota legislation now requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan. The plan should include these key elements:
- academic scheduling
- career exploration
- career and employment-related skills
- community partnerships
- college access
- all forms of postsecondary training
- experiential learning opportunities
Most schools already address these areas in a variety of ways. The new legislation is an opportunity to formalize some activities or add new areas to what is already done. The creation of a plan will help engage students by recording what they learned about themselves and their future choices.
What does this mean for high school students? If you’re in middle or high school, it means you will be hearing more about a Personal Learning Plan this next school year. Your specific school or school district will have its own way of creating a plan for you, but you can expect it to touch on each of the areas listed above. Do you dream about your future? What do you see yourself doing after high school? Creating a plan will help you to understand your skills, passions, interests, and values as you think about your future. It will help you map who you are to possible careers and college options. It will help you take charge of your life – how exciting!
What can you do now? If you are anxious to start thinking about some of these areas now, a new tool on the ISEEK website can help. MyMnCareerPlan is for middle and high school students to plan a successful transition to career and college. It gives you step-by-step actions and includes the MyMnCareerPlan Workbook (405 KB, .pdf) for tracking your progress.
What does this mean for parents and guardians? The new legislation means you will also be hearing more about Personal Learning Plans from your students’ schools.
What can you do now? You can also take a look at the new MyMnCareerPlan resource to help your student start exploring career and education opportunities. You’ll find additional resources for working with your teens in the Parent Center.
What about school districts, teachers, counselors, and other youth leaders? You’ve probably already started to think about what implementation of this new legislation will look like at your school. There are a variety of additional resources to help you:
- Planning for Students’ Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment Toolkit (438KB, .pdf) is a guide that lists resources in all eight of the required areas, as well as strategies and partnerships that can help implement the new legislation.
- This list of vendors (in the Technology tab) collected by the Career and College Readiness Collaborative has products that support student planning from secondary to post-secondary education and careers. Each vendor details out how they meet the required legislative areas.