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Individual Pathway Plan

The Individual Pathway Plan is a component of Creating Pathways to Success, the new Education and Career/Life Planning Program for all Ontario students (grades K-12). All students in grades 7-12 will develop an Individual Pathway Plan (IPP) that they will review and revise at least twice each year. It is very much a living document and will change in real time as students engage in the four question inquiry framework below:

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Who am I?
How would I describe myself right now (strengths, interests, values)?
How can I connect who I am to the choices I make?

What are my opportunities?

What opportunities should I try while I’m in school?

Who do I want to become?
What are my goals now and for the near future?
Where can I find information about my initial post-secondary destination?

What is my plan for achieving my goals?
How do I develop and review my plan?
Who can support me in achieving my goals?

The ongoing development of the IPP provides students with a valuable archive of their learning and with resources that can assist them with their planning. It helps students identify their interests and strengths; explore opportunities; make meaningful decisions; and set goals for the future. Parents and teachers are an important part of this student-led process.

As students move through school and life, they will make many choices about their education and career/life plans. Students will establish and maintain their Individual Pathway Plan (IPP), documenting what they continue to learn about themselves; the opportunities available to them; their goals; and how they plan to achieve them. Each school will have a process in place to support students in completing the IPP expectations appropriate to their grade level.

Below you will find Activities and Lesson Plans that will help our students understand who they are and where to go from here.

Grade Specific Lessons Plans and Activities

AAM Scavenger Hunt

Christmas Activity

AAM Grade 2 Pathways Lessons and Activities

AAM Grade 3 Pathways Lessons and Activities

AAM Grade 4 Pathways Lessons and Activities

AAM Grade 5 Pathways Lessons and Activities

AAM Grade 6 Pathways Lessons and Activities

IPP Grade 7/8 Pathways Lessons and Activities

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, 62 grade 5 students from St. Joan of Arc School participated in an experiential learning opportunity at Ikea’s Burlington store. The event was created to help our students fulfill the requirements of the Ministry’s Creating Pathways to Success document. The focal point of the day being the inquiry questions in the document: ‘Who Am I?’, ‘What are my Opportunities?’, ‘Who Do I Want to Become?’, and ‘What is my Plan for Achieving My Goals?’

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On February 9th, grade six students from St. Michael, Lumen Christi and Holy Rosary (B) School took part in an Experiential Learning opportunity at Niagara College’s Niagara on the Lake campus. The purpose of the visit was to introduce our students to the opportunities provided by a college in close proximity to the Halton Region. As well, by making our students more aware of the post-secondary choices that exist for them, we increase the chances that they will make informed decisions when choosing their pathways.

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HCDSB Grade Six Students Engage in Experiential Learning Project

During the month of June 2015, the Student Success Team, in collaboration with the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC), has been engaging grade sixes in a Ministry pilot for experiential learning called ‘In Their Shoes’. The goal of the project was to offer students the opportunity to explore the career pathways that exist within varied work sectors throughout the Halton Region.

Grade six students from St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bernadette and Canadian Martyrs school took part in the three part project. Each school began their experiential learning journey with a classroom lesson that engaged the students in discussion regarding their knowledge and understanding of the world of work and the pathways that lead them to a variety of career opportunities.

The on-site portion of the project saw students visit Georgetown Hospital, Cogeco and Habitat for Humanity. Each location introduced students to the varied employment opportunities that exist within each workplace. Employees from each location spoke to the students about their roles and responsibilities and shared background information about their personal pathway. Students were given the chance to ask questions and learn about the importance of following your passion and recognizing your strengths, skills and interests when choosing a pathway.

A follow up activity back at their home school saw students provide feedback and create video testimonials and mock interviews as a means of communicating some of what they learned by taking part in the experience.

The Student Success Team extends its gratitude to the staff and students of each participating school, our partners at HIEC and all of the staff at Cogeco, Habitat for Humanity and Georgetown Hospital for helping to make the project an enriching experience for all involved.