Making School Relevant with Individualized Learning Plans

Making School Relevant with Individualized Learning Plans Helping Students Create Their Own Career and Life Goals

V. Scott H. Solberg
paper, 184 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-384-0
Price: $31.00

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Counseling expert V. Scott H. Solberg introduces a new paradigm and framework for career development focused on teaching skills that all students need to set long-term goals and experience post-secondary success. Based on nearly a decade of research and technical assistance in schools, the book shows how educators can leverage the use of individual learning plans (ILPs) to help students identify their interests and create their own career pathways using resources inside and outside of school.


There is no question that all our schools, not just some, ought to create opportunities for children and youth to explore and ultimately create their own career and life goals. But many school leaders and educators are not certain how to best go about doing this. Solberg’s book provides a path for those who want to make access to these opportunities available in an equitable manner. His approach blends years of research into the issue of individualized learning plans with a thoughtful analysis of practice and facilitating policies. — Johan E. Uvin, president, Institute for Educational Leadership

I am delighted to see Scott Solberg position Career and Technical Education (CTE) and school counseling in their rightful place as leaders and allies for fostering meaningful ILP development and delivery. ILPs produce postsecondary- and workforce-ready young adults who in turn become robustly employed in our states, grow professionally, and contribute to our local economies. — Lauren K. Jones, CTE Program Director for Special Populations, Counseling, Middle School & Equity, CTE in Colorado/Community College System

Making Schools Relevant with Individualized Learning Plans provides readers with a healthy balance of a research-based rationale for why ILPs are important, a general overview of how they can support youth, and a detailed listing of the components that are needed to put them into place. — Teachers College Record

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About the Author

V. Scott H. Solberg, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Human Development at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. For over twelve years, Solberg has studied the nature and value of individualized learning plans. After launching Success Highways, a resiliency curriculum used in schools throughout the United States, Solberg became interested in ILPs while directing an online career information system (WisCareers) and leading an effort to localize it for Singapore (ecgcareers). Solberg has been fortunate to learn about ILPs from a number of state leaders, districts, and schools both in the United States and internationally, and has developed a number of ILP-related toolkits, briefs, and policy recommendations. When he takes a break from what his family describes as “always sitting around and writing on the computer,” Solberg enjoys traveling with his wonderful wife and three amazing children and savoring the ocean air from his back porch in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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